Our 7th HESIT professional development program will be held June 16 - 27, 2014. This program will focus on the  Science Standards of Learning for K, 1, 2 and 3.

The Elementary Science Institute for Teachers (HESIT) is a two week summer workshop followed by a half-day field trip August 28 and a half-day seminar September 16. The Program is supported by Hollins University and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) through a federal NCLB Improving Teacher Quality grant.

Our Virginia Department of Education Superintendent's Region VI
partnering school divisions include Roanoke, Salem, and Martinsville cities, and Roanoke, Botetourt, Floyd, Franklin, Montgomery, Henry, and Craig counties.

Participants receive texts, teaching supplies and materials, stipends of $100/day ($1,100 total), and up to 80 continuing education points, or, as an option, 3 semester hours transferable graduate credit at 40% reduced tuition for EDUC550 Special Topics in Education: Science in the Elementary Classroom.

K Miles


       Modified Teachers' Pedagogical Philosophy Interview pdf
       Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument
       V-NOS-C pdf

  • 2014 schedule

  •  LINKS to relevant websites


  •  Articles and teaching RESOURCES

  • Hollins University Campus MAP
  •  Science SOLs for Grades K to 3  SOLs


The Institute program includes presentations to illuminate content, workshop-type hands-on activities and investigations on field trips. Institute sessions will be provided by Hollins University faculty and by educators and scientists from the Blue Ridge Soil and Conservation District, Mill Mountain Zoo, the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the Virginia Museum of Transportation, and the Virginia Museum of Natural History.  

Teaching Constructivist Science K-8  (2007) & The Educator's Field Guide (2011), by Dr. Bentley.


Institute leadership:

Michael L. Bentley, EdD, Director
Renee Godard, PhD, Co-Director, Life Science
Dan Derringer,
PhD, Physical Science
Dennis Casey, PhD, Earth & Space Science
Teresa Auldridge, National FOSS Consultant, Integrating Curriculum through Investigations

Program Overview

Institute themes include active learning strategies and inquiry teaching, differentiating instruction, using the outdoors and community resources, integrating curriculum, and teaching about the nature of science.

Project activities will give participants opportunities todevelop both instructional strategies and skills and "pedagogical content knowledge" related to implementing inquiry and differentiated instruction in the classroom. Together we will explore hands-on teaching and some of the many resources for teaching science in Southwestern Virginia.

Our content focus is on K-3 science as specified in the 2010 Virginia Standards of  Learning. This content includes the nature of science, inquiry processes, and key concepts in physical, earth-space, and life science.

    Elementary Science Institute for Teachers
                                                Michael Bentley, Director; Rene Godard; Co-Director
                                           Department of Biology, P.O. Box 9615
                                            Hollins University, Roanoke, VA 24020
                                               Phone 540-362-6457    Fax 540-362-6629