Edmondson, Kirk and Robnolt recognized for positive impact on STEM teachers and students

The VISTA ELIS team from VCU.

The VISTA ELIS team from VCU. From left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Ph.D., project director and principal investigator; Suzanne V. Kirk, curriculum specialist; Valerie Robnolt, Ph.D., associate professor, Teaching and Learning.

Three VCU School of Education faculty members were recognized by the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition (VMSC) recently for making a positive impact on student or teacher learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.

The 2018 VMSC “Programs That Work” Awards recognized Dr. Elizabeth Edmondson, Dr. Valerie Robnolt and Suzanne Kirk for their work on the program, Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement Elementary Literacy Integrated with Science (VISTA ELIS) at VCU.

VISTA ELIS provides professional development to support K-8 teachers from high-needs schools to integrate science and literacy instruction within a problem-based learning context. The program has been shown to increase teacher confidence, increase student understanding of how content is interconnected in the real world, and to create opportunity for teachers to collaborate and plan together within and across schools.

Edmondson, Robnolt and Kirk were recognized in a special VMSC ceremony at the Library of Virginia. The VISTA ELIS project is scheduled to be completed in September.