Project aims to bridge gap between elementary, middle school

March 1, 2011

Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino speaks to teachers.
Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino speaks to teachers.

Elementary school teachers throughout the Houston area participated in workshops at BCM as part of a program developed by the Center for Educational Outreach that focuses on the critical point for students between elementary and middle school.

It is at this point, explained Barbara Tharp, an assistant professor with the Center for Educational Outreach, that children become more at risk for performing poorly in school and eventually dropping out. The new program, called Middle School Science Readiness, is aimed at supporting science teaching and learning at this critical juncture.

Issues directed to at-risk kids

The program will be implemented next fall and will also include a summer program component. Elementary school teachers from the Houston, Fort Bend and Aldine school districts as well as private schools attended the BCM workshops that focused on topics such as self-esteem, conflict resolution, nutrition and exercise, and other issues that relate to at-risk kids.

Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino spoke to the teachers at one of the workshops, addressing the risks that are present when children are home alone after school, before parents get home.

Model after-school program

BCM’s Center for Educational Outreach offers projects for diverse student audiences, from preschool through high school, undergraduate and graduate school and also includes teacher professional development and the creation of curriculum materials.

The project will disseminate the model after-school program without charge, locally and nationally via BCM’s award-winning websites, BioEd Online, and K8 Science.