Many collaborations have been formed to develop and test high school instructional materials that portray today's practice of science. These collaborations include practicing scientists, school districts, science educators, educational evaluators and funding organizations.
Currently, we are working with educators from schools and districts including:
WA State: Bellevue School District, Seattle Public Schools, Wenatchee School District, Olympic High School, Port Angeles High School, Mt. Vernon High School, Lyden High School, Aberdeen High School, Monroe School District's Leaders in Learning Program, Methow Valley, and Issaquah High School.
Across the Nation: Blue Valley School District, Kansas; Commack High School, NY; Charles M. Russell HS and other schools through a partnership with McLaughlin Research Institute, as well as schools in Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohion, Oregon and California.
We have also partnered with many organizations:
- University of WA - Women's Center Making Connections Program, MESA, GenOM ALVA Program
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
- McLaughlin Research Institute
- Jackson Laboratory
- Davidson College
- Rainier Scholars
- DigiPen Institute of Technology
- WA Network for Innovative Careers
In August of 2004 Dr. Leroy Hood, Co-founder and President of the Institute for Systems Biology, and Dr. Mike Riley, Superintendent of Bellevue Public Schools, formally agreed to move forward with the development of high school instructional materials that would introduce all of Bellevue's students to emerging practices in science while meeting Washington State's science instruction standards. Shortly thereafter, a strong collaboration was formed that included practicing scientists, a school district, science educators, educational evaluators and funding organizations. This collaboration has now spread throughout WA State and the nation to include schools in Kansas, Montana, Pennsylvania and California.
Two key faculty at the Institute for Systems Biology were involved in the design and development of the modules, Drs. Baliga and Hood. Dr. Baliga and his research group serve as the project's lead scientists. An example of this collaboration can be seen through the large group assembled to create the Ecological Networks Module.
Original funding for the materials development came from the National Science Foundation, The Stuart Foundation and the Amgen Foundation. Funding continues through the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.