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Eric B Wuersten




Eric B Wuersten

Eric completed his PhD Qualifying Exams at UCLA in Vertebrate Zoology and prepared research plans for Retinal Structures of Parietal Eyes in Sceloporine Lizards. for work with Dr. Federico Cresitelli at UCLA from 1963-65 while completing a MA in Vertebrate Zoology. Prior to UCLA, Eric spent three years working as an assistant to Dr. Garrett Hardin at UCSB where he developed video frog dissection methods for multiple monitor displays in a lecture hall environments and built thermistor probe sensors for Dr John Adams to study thermo regulation in sphinx moths of the Mojave.
Eric shifted careers from research to teaching and from 1965-1998 where he taught Biology, Chemistry Physics and Geology in secondary schools in California and Washington. In 1970 Eric received an NSF summer internship to study BSCS at University of Texas, Austin. In 1983 he was trained as a FAST (Foundational Approaches to Science Teaching) instructor at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. This year marked the formal beginning in the development of a new pedagogical model of instruction called HES. (Hands, Eyes, Symbols), a system based on Piaget's developmental theories, Larry Lowry's brain research, and animal models of brain development from Crutch and Crutchfield (1963) to Agrinoff (1970), and current best practices and published and implemented as SEARCH 1 (Science in the Environment through Application Research Concepts and challenges). As a result of these developments, Eric received Washington State's 1989 Christa McAulliffe Award for excellence in teaching.
Eric served as the Science Curriculum Coordinator for the Puyallup School District from 1985 to 2001 where he refined the HES model and led the development of science kits in the elementary schools. Additionally, he worked to introduce the use of notebooks in the K-12 science curriculum with an emphasis on comprehension and literacy gains as well as the use of technology from computers to electronic probes. 1n 2001, Eric was awarded a $65,000 contract to redesign the PASS2 program for migrant youth (Portable Assisted Science Sequence) in the Sunnyside School District and Washington state. The program was published November 2002.
During his tenure as the science coordinator in Puyallup Eric worked with WSU, Puyallup as the Environmental Science Coordinator to develop a regional Watershed Education3 program through a $200,000 State Patrol mitigation grant and a $170,000 grant from the Department of Ecology.
Currently Eric serves as the Science Curriculum Supervisor for the Washington State OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction) in Olympia, Washington. He is working to support numerous NSF Mathematics and Science Partnerships across the state and is collaborating with Dr. Ray Beckett from the University of Utah in developing a western states regional NSF partnership to support high school teachers mentoring student teams proposing and pursuing environmental research projects in coordination with university efforts and local agency priorities. Additionally, Eric manages the OSPI contracts with Pacific Science Center and Washington State LASER.
Eric works closely with Roy Beven State Science Assessment Specialist, on the development of the Washington State Science Assessment (WASL) and supervises the current review of the State's science standards, Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and the development of a science framework to guide districts in the implementation of the EALRs.

1. SEARCH, Teacher Leadership, Puget Sound Educational Consortium, University of Washington Medina Group Project, 1990
2. PASS, Integrated Physics, Earth Science, Biology. Sunnyside School District, 2002
3. Watershed Education, WSU Extension Puyallup, 1998
4. Washington State Science Grade Level Expectations, 2005 


Environmental Education 


Science: K-10 Grade Level Expectations: A New Level of Specificity. Washington State's Essential Academic Learning Requirements.Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. 2005