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Episode 19 – Mike Gallagher – “Systemic Reform in Education for Michigan”

In this episode, Mark talks with Mike Gallagher, who is a science educator working to support K-12 science education in Michigan. He and Mark talk about how Mike learned to teach using constructivist methodologies, and later found modeling instruction. They talk about how teachers in Michigan have been using modeling instruction with great success, and the huge impact it has for a new teacher to attend a modeling workshop.

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Episode 17 – Chance Hoellwarth – “A University Supporting M.I.”

In this episode, Mark talks with Chance Hoellwarth, who is the director of the Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education and professor in the Physics Department at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He talks about his journey from physics undergraduate to working in physics education, and finally to Cal Poly’s CESAME, where he works to expose teachers and potential teachers to excellent teaching methods. He talks about how he first learned of modeling instruction and about the workshops at Cal Poly in physics, biology, and chemistry.

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Episode 16 – Erica Posthuma & Molly Bickle – The next Generation

In this episode, Mark talks with Erica Posthuma and her student Molly Bickle. This conversation explores passing the torch to a next generation science instructor. Guest Bio Molly Bickle Molly Bickle is a senior at University High School of Indiana. She is a varsity golfer in the fall and is heavily involved in her school’s…

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Episode 15 – Dan Peluso – Astronomy and Grades Don’t Matter?

In this episode, Mark talks with Dan Peluso, an astrophysics PhD candidate working on getting students and teachers to do citizen science in the classroom. He talks about how he became a teacher and became a part of the modeling community, and using modeling and astronomy in his physics classes. He shares his plans as he moves into working on his PhD full time this year as well as working with SETI to get telescopes into classrooms all over the world, enabling students to become part of the scientific community even at a young age.

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