Max Dass and his team at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning for Science Education are central to providing education in science for Flagstaff and Arizona students K-12 and college. They work both with students and more importantly with science teachers K-12.

Under Dr. Dass’ leadership, the mission of the Center is to engage educators in the quest for excellence, access, and equity in science teaching and learning. The Center for Science Teaching and Learning is a teaching, research, evaluation, and materials resource for science faculty and students across the NAU campus, K through 20 science teachers, and informal educators statewide. The CSTL provides leadership in and coordination of science education professional development, academic programs, and outreach activities. CSTL is responsible for the recruitment, advising, and student teaching placement and supervision for secondary science teachers.

The CSTL collaborates with the College of Education and departments across the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences in support of secondary science teacher certification, including the NAUTeach program, and provides extensive curriculum resources for K-20 pre-service and in-service teachers.

Specifically the CSTL’s work with Flagstaff Unified School District in development of STEM projects as well as other projects listed here are important and impressive:

As is this long list of their recent publications, grants, and presentations here:

Max and his team are all about access, diversity, inclusion and providing on-the-ground practical science information to kids, the teachers of kids, and in the varied curricula they provide:

Teacher preparation

  1. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program at Northern Arizona University (PI Dr. Shannon Guerrero)
  2. Rio Salado College Science and Math Innovative Learning Environment for Encore Careers in Teaching (PI Dr. Janet Johnson)

Teacher professional development

  1. The APS Stem Focus Schools for the Future (PI Dr. Janet McShane)
  2. Examining Your Environment through the Power of Data (EYE-POD), ITEST, National Science Foundation (PI Dr. Jim Sample)
  3. Coconino County Conceptual Understandings in Physical Science, Biological Science and Earth Science, Math-Science Partnership Program, Arizona Department of Education
  4. Teacher as Investigator, Science Foundation Arizona

K-12 Education

  1. Innovating Biotechnology Education: Incorporating Novel Genomics Research in the Development of a True 2+2+2 Education Pathway , Advanced Technological Education (ATE), National Science Foundation
  2. Nexus K-12 Innovation Experience Program, Science Foundation Arizona

National Initiative Partners with NAUTeach
November 18, 2013
The National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) admires how NAU answers the challenge to train more math and science teachers and strengthen Arizona’s pipeline of students entering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. “There has been a gap, nationally, between the vision for STEM education and classroom practices,” says Dr. Pradeep Maxwell Dass, director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning. “At NAU, the gap is being closed.” NMSI’s corporate-sponsored funding is crucial to the program’s success. “This partnership will improve science and math education in Arizona and across the nation,” Dass says.