Chemical Concepts and Connections
(C3) for Teacher Leaders

Overview

C3, a professional development program for high school chemistry and physical science teachers, was first funded by the National Science Foundation in 2001. The project prepares teachers with in depth chemical content knowledge, a conceptual understanding of chemistry, and the skills to transfer their knowledge to additional teachers. C3 is modeled after the successful Project LIFE program.

C3 staff model a hands-on, discovery-first, learning cycle method of teaching. Teachers work as scientists to gain new knowledge and practice process skills through investigative activities; learn how to transfer their understanding and experience to their classrooms; and develop leadership skills to guide others in their school system to success.

Application Form

Syllabus

Year One - Chemistry Concepts and Collegial Coaching Skills

  • Two Week Summer Institute
  • Extensive Academic Year Follow-up
  • Workshops
  • Participation in LSTA Conference
  • Electronic Networking
  • Newsletters
  • Classroom Visits
Year Two - More Chemistry Concepts and Leadership Skills
  • Two Week Summer Institute
  • Extensive Academic Year Follow-up
  • Teacher-led Workshops
  • Participation in LSTA Conference
  • Electronic Networking
  • Newsletters
  • Classroom Visits

Benefits to Teachers and School Systems

To Teachers:

  • Stipend ($60/day x 17 days per year).
  • Housing and mileage reimbursement (for eligible participants).
  • Earn up to three hours tuition free graduate credit in chemistry each year
  • Increase chemical content knowledge and conceptual understanding.
  • Learn teaching and assessment strategies that increase student achievement.
  • Develop skills to serve as a collegial coach, workshop presenter and an instructional leader in your school system.

To School Systems:
  • Knowledgeable, enthusiastic science teachers.
  • Hands-on, minds-on science classrooms.
  • Active Learners.
  • Close collaboration with regional University.
  • Follow-up support from project staff and leadership trained teachers.
  • Networking opportunities with other school systems.
  • On-going support from teacher-leaders.

For more information or to apply contact Ms. Cathi Cox at ccox@latech.edu

Location

CATALyST is located on the beautiful campus of Louisiana Tech University, in Ruston, Louisiana.

Address:

CATALyST
C3 Office
Room 130, Carson Taylor Hall
Louisiana Tech University
Adams Street
(PO Box 3179)
Ruston, LA 71272-0001

Phone: 318-257-4772
Fax: 318-257-3852