Campus: CSU, Fullerton -- February 27, 2001
Elementary Teachers Receive Science
Instruction Via Interactive Television
Taking an active role in strengthening the quality and
timeliness of science education for elementary school
children throughout California, Cal State Fullerton is
launching the Growing Minds program.
Aimed at K-6th-grade teachers, Growing Minds will use a
variety of established information-delivery technologies to
provide life and physical science curriculum program
instruction and activities-including distance learning
through University Extended Education.
Developed by the Fullerton Arboretum, a one-unit course,
"Teaching Life Science in the K-6 Classroom" (Biology
X-932), begins March 1 and is the program's first
The class will be delivered to teachers gathered at
Saddleback College from a studio classroom at CSUF via
interactive television, which will allow exchanges between
participants and the instructor, a member of the university
faculty. In addition, the classroom will be equipped with
computers to enhance the interactive and hands-on
environment of the course.
Outside the classroom, participants can check the Growing
Minds page on the Fullerton Arboretum Web site for materials
related to the course, as well as virtual tours of the
arboretum and elementary school-related activities that
Elementary school teachers outside Orange County also can
take advantage of Growing Minds materials and activities
accessible through the Growing Minds Web page, in order to
help enhance their science curriculum.
Future goals of the program, according to LeNelle
Cittadin, director of education for the Fullerton Arboretum,
are to expand the number of videoconferencing sites and
develop other courses.
Growing Minds was designed in response to the state Board of
Education's adoption in 1999 of the California Academic
Content Standards in Science, which call for a high level of
student competency in all sciences. These standards
challenge teachers to introduce more complex and in-depth
concepts to younger students.
Local novice and veteran teachers have regularly relied on
the Fullerton Arboretum, which offers a variety of
educational programs, to support their physical science
instruction. Since the new standards were adopted, Cal State
Fullerton and the arboretum have experienced an increased
demand for content and instructional strategies training for
teachers, including those from wider geographic areas.
Lenelle Cittadin, Fullerton Arboretum, (714) 278-4003 or
Gail Matsunaga, Public Affairs, (714) 278-4851 or