The Head Start on Science Project seeks to encourage children's sense of wonder while simultaneously rekindling that same spirit in their teachers. This past summer we provided two, 5-day workshops here on campus at CSULB. More than 50 pre-k teachers from Los Angeles and Orange Counties participated in hands-on training designed to make them comfortable, confident, and capable of doing developmentally-appropriate science with young children. These participants came to understand that children, who DO science, are eager to talk about, write about, and read about their experiences with the natural world.
The Head Start on Science Project at CSULB has been training Head Start and other teachers and administrators of young children for more than fifteen years, and participants unanimously applaud the scope, content, and quality of our workshops. If you'd like to join us next summer or want additional information about our project visit our website: http://www.sci4kids.org
In addition to our summer institutes here at CSULB, for several years we have collaborated with the China National Institute for Educational Research. This work has led to a Mandarin translation publication in Beijing of a Chinese edition of our award-winning teacher's guide (A Head Start on Science: Developing a Sense of Wonder – NSTA Press, 2007) and several workshops and presentations for Chinese educators both here in Southern California and in China. The HSOS Center in China has trained nearly 1000 teachers in over 400 schools in eight proveniences across China.
This collaboration continued this past year as a contingent of kindergarten teachers, school administrators, and dignitaries traveled from China to participate in HSOS training. The session was a great success and we are planning to have another visit by Chinese educators this Fall. The Head Start on Science continues to be a worldwide leader in encouraging science learning experiences for young children.