Mark Windschitl's research interests deal with the early career development of science teachers. His research group recently received National Science Foundation funding for a five-year project to develop and study a system of tools and tool-based practices for early career and pre-service secondary science teachers that support transitions from novice to expert-like pedagogical reasoning and practice. The proposed system of tools will serve as a model for making pre-service teacher training and induction that is focused on student learning, and is designed to be responsive to all students in the classroom, including English Language Learners.
Mark is also PI on another National Science Foundation project which capitalizes on a recently introduced revision of the University of Washington's teacher preparation program, "Teachers for New Era", and benefits from existing collaborations among science and mathematics departments in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and of Education, and three of the largest school districts in Washington: Seattle, Highline, and Renton. Thirty-six Noyce scholarships are being awarded, 9 each year over 4 years, balanced between mathematics and science majors. Awardees participate in systematic induction activities over the first two years of professional service.