The Collaboration for Leadership in Urban Science Teaching, Evaluation, and Research (CLUSTER) is a partnership among The City College of New York (CCNY), the New York Hall of Science, and the City University of New York’s Center for Advanced Study in Education (CASE). CLUSTER will examine a model initiative that integrates the Science Career Ladder (SCL), a sustained program of informal science teaching training and employment at the New York Hall of Science with CCNY’s rigorous science teacher preparation program. The Science Career Ladder is a program of NYSCI in which undergraduates work as Explainers — inquiry-based interpreters — for visitors to the New York Hall of Science. The program has had documented success in bringing underrepresented youth into careers in science and science education. A longitudinal and comparative research study will examine and document how the integration of such a program with a teacher preparation program can effectively build a new, diverse, and more effective supply of urban science teachers. The partnership's outcomes include the following:
For more information, visit the City University's CLUSTER site. CLUSTER is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.