Syllabus: Summer 2022

HERO-T Workshop in Education

Location: Oliver Hall

Dr. Elizabeth W. Edmondson

Oliver Hall 3067

Office Hours: 
By appointment        

804-827-2650 Office


Texts:  Various readings


  1. The fellow will be able to critically reflect on issues related to the Next Generation Science Standards, Virginia Standards of Learning and best science practices.
  2. The fellow will develop a deep understanding of the practices of science and how they can be integrated into their teaching.
  3. The fellow will translate content and procedures learned in their research placement into an instructional unit for use in their classroom during the 2022-23 academic year.


Class attendance and active class participation
Attendance at all workshop meetings is required. You will be expected to post course assignments on the Google Drive per schedule. Thoughtful, written feedback on your peers’ postings will be expected by the designated dates. Fellows are expected to create and teach a unit/lesson based on their research experience. In addition, fellows will share feedback on the results of their teaching with their cohort peers.



There will be no exams in this course. Your grade will be based on my subjective evaluation of your participation in the course and satisfactory completion and teaching of your unit plan.


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2022 HERO-T Workshop in Education

DateScheduleAssignments Due
Day 1 Introduction to the seminar; discuss assignments; Propose of Curriculum; review NGSS; What does science look like in the classroom?  TBD   
Day 2 Unit/Lesson Planning- Translating your research into classroom practice; Resources for Planning  TBD   
Day 3 Unit/Lesson Planning; individual meeting with instructor  Draft unit due at end of day.  Post in Google Drive folder     
Day 4 Peer Review and Revision   
Day 5 Unit/Lesson Presentation; ordering of materials    
Semester Meeting 1 Professional Development;
Reporting on unit/lesson plan delivery  
Semester Meeting 2 TBD   
Semester Meeting 3 Prepare proposal for VAST Professional Development Conference; Apply for teaching awards    
Semester Meeting 4 TBD