FIGURE 4-1 A map of Orange County, showing the school districts that are part of the Beckman@Science initiative.

FIGURE 4-1 A map of Orange County, showing the school districts that are part of the Beckman@Science initiative.

SOURCE: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

success and we could serve as a model for those interested in improving their science education programs,” said Dorrance.

Since the program was begun, tens of thousands of teachers, principals, and administrators have taken part in Beckman@Science activities. They have been able to see firsthand the “the wonder, accomplishment, and excitement in the students’ expressions as they participated in hands-on science lessons,” said Dorrance.

The program has worked hard to provide districts with a solid foundation to support sustainability of the initiative. Professional development has been a critical component of the program, reflecting the direct correlation between success in the classroom and the quality and quantity of professional development that teachers receive (Yoon et al., 2007). Since the program began, approximately 24,000 teachers have received



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