Francis Marion University professors Derek Jokisch and Jeff Lee have been named to co-facilitate the Quality Control Network for Middle School Science. This statewide network of 19 science educators will assist colleges and universities as they begin to build programs to prepare teacher candidates for middle school and/or middle level students.
Jokisch is an assistant professor of physics at FMU and Lee is the associate dean of FMU’s School of Education.
In 2001, the State Board of Education approved regulations for middle grades certification, and in 2002, the General Assembly approved the regulations. In December 2001, the federal No Child Left Behind law was passed and guidelines for compliance came out in 2002, requiring that all teachers be “highly qualified” by 2006. In order to meet this deadline, each university must have a middle grades teacher-training program in place by the fall of 2006.
Without development of sufficient quality middle grades teacher-training programs, it is likely that there will be a severe shortage of qualified candidates for vacancies. To prepare these highly qualified middle school teachers, the S.C. Middle School Association was selected to initiate a statewide collaborative effort to develop and implement strategies for the development of middle level teacher-preparation programs.
The SCMSA project coordinators created program quality control networks for state and national standards as well as the four major content areas – mathematics, English, social studies, and science. These networks will engage college and university specialists and state-level experts in identifying and planning research-based methods for effective teacher training for middle school teachers.
Jokisch earned the B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering sciences from the University of Florida. He has taught at FMU since 1999.
Lee earned the A.B. degree in science education, the M.A.T. degree in biology, and the Ed.D. degree in education from Duke University. He has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1972.
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