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Sesame Street taking cues from South County schools

December 4, 2010

Photo By Kathleen McKiernan As part of the GEMS-NET program, teachers from grades kindergarten to grade 8 are recruited for one day to develop their science teaching skills.
    NARRAGANSETT – PBS's “Sesame Street” and “The Electric Company” are taking lessons from southern Rhode Island school districts to help increase its focus for the next two years on science and inquiry.
    Sara Sweetman, director of education for the University of Rhode Island’s Guiding Education in Math and Science Network (GEMS-NET), has been working behind the scenes with Sesame Workshop since February, first in a series of seminars in New York and then continuing with regular conversations with the group that produces “Sesame Street” and “The Electric Company.”
    Sweetman’s presentations to the Sesame Workshop in New York were based on her work with the URI School of Education GEMS-NET, a collaboration of the University and eight Rhode Island school districts, which is designed to increase scientific content knowledge and inquiry teaching skills of elementary school teachers and in turn build the inquiry-based science and writing skills of their students.

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