This project will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and science teachers to identify a set of practices that science teachers can readily incorporate into their planning and instruction. The project will design, develop, and test a research-based professional learning approach to help middle school science teachers effectively support and sustain student motivational competencies during science instruction.
About Me (Bio):
David McKinney is a postdoctoral scholar with the Motivation -Planning Lessons to Activate eNgagement in Science (M-PLANS)project at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. On this project he works with a multi-disciplinary team to support science teachers in Nevada and Michigan in implementing motivationally supportive NGSS-aligned instruction. He earned his PhD in Education from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education in 2019. As a doctoral student,he worked on the STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES) project. For his dissertation, he used survey data from the SABES project and district administrative data to identify and describe common motivation profiles of elementary students in Baltimore City Public Schools and to relate those profiles to each other over time and to important academic outcomes and predictors. Prior to his doctoral studies, he taught middle school science and mathematics for eight years in New York City Public Schools. David is a 2019-20 CADRE Fellow.