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Growth and Partnerships of the Teacher Resource Center

After ten years, the Teacher Resource Center has blossomed from a needs assessment survey conducted in 1989 to a "hard-working" collection of tradebooks, curricula materials, kits, reports and educational software.

The mission of the TRC, established ten years ago, is to make available materials and services to support K-12 science, mathematics and technology education. The TRC is a clearinghouse for science educators' ideas, materials and resources; houses educational materials for inspection and evaluation; networks science educators' ideas and expertise and generates a stimulating atmosphere for science education. This mission, established ten years ago continues to be current. How we have met these objectives and accomplished our mission has changed over these ten years.

Partnerships have become a stimulating part of the TRC work as we network with other organizations, scientists and educators. Since the TRC is unique, it has become mutually beneficial for other organizations and the TRC to work collaboratively, sharing the resources and services of the TRC and the partner organization.

In 1994 the TRC, through a partnership with the Midwest Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), was designated as an Eisenhower National Clearinghouse Demonstration Site. We share the materials and online resources of ENC, MSC and NCREL with educators visiting the TRC through our workshops here at the Lederman Science Center, and as we work with educators in the states served in our region. Visit www.enc.org, and www.ncrel.org for further information on these partners.

Also in conjunction with NCREL the TRC conducted a project supported by the North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium. The project built on the expertise of the TRC to develop a process to evaluate multimedia tools and used the National Staff Development Council's Standards for Staff Development as a benchmark. A group of professional development providers representing several of the states in this region developed a template and annotated descriptions of the multimedia that support professional development. A database is under development at www-ed.fnal.gov/lasso/guide_search/.

Another significant partnership for the TRC is with the Educational Software Preview Guide Consortia. This consortia, under the leadership of Anita Best, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and editor for Learning and Leading with Technology, develops an annual directory of educator-reviewed quality educational software. With support from the MSC, teachers from our region review educational software using standardized procedures at the TRC.

This year, in addition to these partnerships, the TRC will host workshops for the following institutions: the K-12 Mathematics Curriculum Center, Education Development funded by the National Science Foundation and Global Learning to Benefit the Environment, (GLOBE), a NASA program. See page 4 for details.

We have worked with school districts and intermediate service agencies in WI, MI, IN and IL. To see a list of the workshops available through the TRC go to www-ed.fnal.gov/programs/ed_mat_trc.html.

Watch for a new online catalog to search the TRC collection and additional online resources.

Along with this issue of sciencelines, we have included a survey to ascertain your interest in programs provided through a variety of media as we seek to reach greater numbers of educators nationally and world-wide using distance education. Please return the survey together with the sciencelines database update form on page 9.

Our most important partnerships, however, continue to be the ones we have with educators: administrators, classroom teachers, department heads, library media specialists and board members using the TRC programs and resources

 If you would like to schedule time to use the TRC, would like to schedule a workshop, or have questions about the Teacher Resource Center contact: Susan Dahl, sdahl@fnal.gov
or Gayle Stephens, stephens@fnal.gov or call 630-840-3094.