The SAS Fund, which helps fund faculty and staff professional development, has allowed me to grow as a teacher and a colleague in ways I never expected. This past summer, I received funding to attend ChemEd 2015 – a biennial conference specifically designed to help chemistry teachers reach students better and with the latest technology, curricula, and pedagogy. I was able to continue my investigation of implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, explore how best to incorporate differential learners in a chemistry class, and share tools that I use in my classroom with other teachers. I was also able to augment my network of new and experienced chemistry teachers with whom I can share ideas.
Chemistry has long been considered the central science – everything in our world is made up of atoms. Helping students to learn and experience the ways atoms are altered, rearranged, or transformed is my top priority. However, I also have a responsibility to help students see how chemistry connects to their other classes, their lives, their postsecondary education, and their careers. The SAS Fund has been instrumental in helping me to discover and implement the very best practices for increasing my students' successes in these diverse areas.
Jennifer Bachman, Chemistry Teacher