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Institute for Chemistry Literacy through Computational Science (ICLCS)


The core partners of the Institute for Chemistry Literacy through Computational Science (ICLCS) are the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (including the Department of Chemistry, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and the College of Medicine), A-C Central Community Unit School District #262, and the Regional Office of Education (ROE) #11.

Supporting partners include three rural ROEs (55, 3, 25) located in the northwestern, west-central, and far south sections of Illinois, the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Illinois Petroleum Resources Board, Illinois Science Teachers Association, National Center for Rural Health Professions, Three Rivers Educational Partnership, the National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University, and Argonne National Laboratory.

The program intends to improve student achievement by developing 120 rural Illinois 9th -12th grade chemistry teachers to become Teacher-Leaders equipped to teach and lead based on cutting-edge research, computational methods of visualization and communication, and extensive leadership development experiences.

The ICLCS has identified the following goals: (1) Strengthen rural high school teachers' and students' understanding of chemistry within the context of 21st Century scientific research; (2) Increase teachers' use of, and comfort with, computational and visualization tools in their teaching; (3) Create a cadre of 9th-12th grade and university-level faculty teacher-leaders who will become advocates for excellence in science education; and (4) Promote institutional change in university and school district partners.

The Institute features two-week residential sessions in three successive summers with extensive academic year online support, two academic-year regional meetings, and academic-year on-line interaction among partners and participants.

Central to the Institute are: the use of computational methods to describe molecular behavior, including internet-based molecular visualizations; the establishment of an on-line community of participants and project staff via Access Grid (AG) communications technology and Moodle, a course development tool, as a means of fostering comfortable, mutually beneficial on-going interchanges about chemistry content and pedagogy; chemistry understanding informed by cutting-edge scientific research; and leadership development for teachers at various levels of their professional careers.

The project employs a randomized control trial research/evaluation design intended to contribute to the research base on improving teacher quality.

Site Contributions
04/23/12ICLCS presents at STEM Smart
04/06/12Institute for Chemistry Literacy through Computational Science: Measuring teacher effectiveness in using computational tools and student-centered methods in high school chemistry.
11/16/11Facilitating Changes in Teaching Practice Through Science Teachers' Vicarious Experiences in a Professional Learning Environment
09/08/11A First Attempt at Examining the Relationship between Student Success and Teachers' Participation in a Virtual Professional Learning Environment (PLE)
06/30/11Student Achievement and the Participation of Rural High School Chemistry Teachers in a Multi-Year Professional Development Program with Special Emphasis on the Use of Computational Tools
02/23/11A First Attempt at Examining the Relationship Between Student Success and Teachers' Participation in a Virtual Learning Environment (PLE)
01/12/11Using WebMO to Investigate Fluorescence in the Ingredients of Energy Drinks
11/01/10Chemistry Simulations
11/01/10ICLCS unveils new Web site
10/19/10Building bridges from research to education
09/15/10Edee Wiziecki, Jay Mashl give talk on ICLCS to Monash University, Australia
08/10/10NCSA Funded to Build Community of Science Education Advocates
08/10/10Ed-tech Showcase Inspires Lawmakers
05/20/10Using Technology to Teach Chemistry
02/24/10Hamilton chemistry students can access U of I resources, professors
02/24/10Chemistry Class Celebrates Lincoln's 200th Birthday
02/24/10ICLCS members present at US House of Representatives
02/02/10Assessing Institutional Transformation and Sustainability: Lessons Learned from the ICLCS Project
12/22/09Transforming Chemistry Education through Computational Science
12/10/09Modern Science Modules
12/01/09The Impact of Early Positive Results on a Mathematics and Science Partnership: The Experience of the Institute for Chemistry Literacy Through Computational Science
11/18/09Science teacher uses new methods
11/13/09National Science Foundation Takes Part in Education Technology Showcase
09/22/09Teachers discuss the Institute for Chemistry Literacy through Computational Science
04/24/08ICLCS Hosts Virtual Workshop
04/24/08ICLCS Doubles its Effort by Kicking Off a New Cadre of Chemistry Fellows
02/26/08UIUC Chemistry Professors Mentor High School Teachers
01/17/08Illinois educators gain skills through summer institute at NCSA
01/17/08Creating the next generation of researchers
12/12/07Mattoon High School chemistry classes integrate computer sims with hands-on lab work
12/12/07ICLCS Fellows Presents at Illinois Science Teachers Association