Why TOTOS Is Important To You

Do you prepare teachers to teach science? Are you looking for new ideas for your science methods classes? Do you need to remain current on science education related matters as well as state requirements for teaching science K-12? Would you like to include environmental and/or sustainability education in your classes? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Teachers Of Teachers Of Science, also known as TOTOS, might be the perfect group for you.

Whether you are beginning your science education career, in the middle of your professional life, or nearing retirement, TOTOS will connect you to a wonderful, diverse group of science educators…all interested in the same thing: to be more effective teachers of teachers of science. I’ve been working for over forty years to prepare teachers to teach science. Yes, I’m an “old dog” but I can learn new things and for many years TOTOS has been instrumental in my own professional development.

Facilitated by Skip and Lynda Paznokas, award winning professors emeritus at Washington State University, TOTOS annually brings together those of us who prepare teachers to teach science. In addition to annual meetings, we have met for special topics and trainings. For example, with funding from the Pacific Education Institute we engaged in activities from Project Learning, became trainers ourselves, and received materials to share with our own teacher certification students. With funding from the Environmental Protection Agency we are working collaboratively to develop a website publicizing environmental and sustainability teaching models for pre-service teacher preparation.

With the retirement of Skip and Lynda from WSU in 2009, leadership of TOTOS has been transferred to Central Washington University. We will continue to meet to deliberate over how to most effectively prepare teachers to teach science, trade our best ideas and activities, stay up to date, exchange syllabi, share course textbooks, and search for answers to common dilemmas. Through these experiences we all become better teachers. And through our shared interests and concerns, over dinner and refreshments, through laughter and serious business, we have become much more than colleagues; we have become friends.

Thank you, Lynda and Skip, for guiding us through the formative years of TOTOS and thank you, Central Washington University for continuing leadership to this important group.

Carole Kubota
Associate Professor Emeritus