Project SEEEC

Science Education for Excellence and Equity in Chicago

Project SEEEC is a National Science Foundation-funded initiative to develop community-responsive urban science teachers and leaders. Project SEEEC enriches the MEd Science Education program and the PhD Mathematics and Science Education program at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education. Project SEEEC priorities include addressing the under-representation of African American and Latina/o science teachers and the need for more chemistry and physics science teachers in the Chicago Public Schools. Teaching Fellows are mentored during their first four years in the classroom through Teacher Inquiry Groups, which are led by Master Teaching Fellows.

Project SEEEC is a partnership between faculty in UIC’s College of Education Department of Curriculum & Instruction and UIC’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Physics, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and seven non-for-profit organizations (Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Project SYNCERE, Friends of the Chicago River, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago Freedom School, Instituto del Progresso Latino, and Project NIA). Non-for-profit partners provide community responsive professional development that complements the coursework and experiences of all students in the MEd program.

Project SEEEC builds networks between science educators, scientists, and community organizations that will increase equity and excellence in science teaching across Chicago.

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Project SEEEC is funded by the National Science Foundation's NOYCE program, which has provided numerous scholarships to teacher candidates.

Project Staff

Maria Varelas, PhD

Co-principal investigator and professor of science education

Daniel Morales-Doyle, PhD

Co-principal investigator and assistant professor of science education

Carole Mitchener, PhD

Co-principal investigator and associate professor of science education

Aixa Alfonso, PhD

Co-principal investigator and associate professor of biological sciences

Chandra James

Director of Science, Chicago Public Schools

Randall Espinoza, PhD

Clinical assistant professor of physics

Roy Plotnick, PhD

Professor of earth and environmental sciences

Mike Stieff, PhD

Associate professor of chemistry and learning sciences

David Segura

Research Assistant & PhD Policy Studies in Urban Education student