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Statewide Science Education Reform: One Foundation's Approach in North Carolina

Statewide Science Education Reform: One Foundation's Approach in North Carolina

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Published by Russ Campbell
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund uses a variety of strategies to help build a quality science education program in North Carolina that extends from students to school administrators to parents to policymakers. Thi ssystemic approach extends well beyond the classroom environment.
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund uses a variety of strategies to help build a quality science education program in North Carolina that extends from students to school administrators to parents to policymakers. Thi ssystemic approach extends well beyond the classroom environment.

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Published by: Russ Campbell on Apr 10, 2008
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Statewide Science Education Reform:One Foundation’s Approach in North Carolina
D.Carr Thompson
Senior Program and Communications Officer 
Enriqueta Bond,Ph.D.
President 
 
About the Burroughs Wellcome Fund
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancingthe medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.Within this broad mission,BWF seeks to accomplish two primary goals:to help scientistsearly in their careers develop as independent investigators,and to advance fields in the basicmedical sciences that are undervalued or in need of particular encouragement.With its endowment of more than $700 million,BWF makes approximately $30 million in grantsannually in the United States and Canada.BWF’s financial support is channeled primarilythrough competitive peer-reviewed award programs,which encompass five major categories:biomedical sciences,infectious diseases,interfaces in science,translational research,andscience education.BWF makes grants primarily to degree-granting institutions on behalf of individual researchers,who must be nominated by their institutions.To complement thesecompetitive award programs,the Fund also makes grants to nonprofit organizations conductingactivities intended to improve the general environment for science.BWF is governed by a Board of Directors composed of distinguished scientists and businessleaders.The Fund was founded in 1955 as the corporate foundation of the pharmaceuticalfirm Burroughs Wellcome Co.In 1993,a generous gift from BWF’s sister philanthropy in theUnited Kingdom,the Wellcome Trust,enabled the Fund to become fully independent from thecompany,which was acquired by Glaxo in 1995.BWF has no affiliation with any corporation.
 
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Statewide Science EducationReform:One Foundation’s Approach in North Carolina
Table of Contents
Introduction......................................................................................................................................2How Informal Science Experiences Improve Student Interest and Achievement in Science ..........4
Student Science Enrichment Program........................................................................................................4Evaluation Data................................................................................................................................6Convening Award Recipients..............................................................................................................8Capacity-Development Efforts............................................................................................................9
How Research Guides Education Policy............................................................................................9
North Carolina Institute for Education Policymakers..................................................................................10International Studies Program..........................................................................................................11
Creating a Statewide Science,Mathematics,and Technology Education Center............................13Partners for Building Science Education..........................................................................................16
North Carolina Grassroots Museum Collaborative....................................................................................16K-12 Outreach Programs at Universities ..................................................................................................17North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics..................................................................................18North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network..................................................................18Nonprofit,Business,and National Partners..............................................................................................19
Investing in a Statewide Science Education Program....................................................................19Moving Forward..............................................................................................................................20Acknowledgments............................................................................................................................22Resources..........................................................................................................................................23

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