The evidence consistently suggests that participation in K-16 learning communities is having a positive effect on K-12 teachers' teaching and learning practices. Teachers who participate in LCs report greater emphasis on standards-based teaching and learning than those who did not. The interesting finding is that participation of a IHE faculty member has an impact on teachers' reported use of inquiry-based teaching and learning faculty.
As a part of PRISM, a policy has been put in place to reward science and mathematics faculty members for working with K-12 teachers. Because this is an advocacy policy it goes beyond crediting work in K-12 schools as service only. The policy encourages faculty to engage in the scholarship of teaching in their own classes and in their work with K-12 schools. This policy, along with the evidence that faculty members' work with K-12 teachers has an impact, will help us to continue to support efforts to engage higher education faculty, particularly in the arts and sciences, in work with K-12 teachers to help them improve their content and pedagogy in science and mathematics.
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