The mission of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education (CSMCE) is to support faculty engaged in educational activities focused on improving the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at both the PK-12 and collegiate level. With support from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, and Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the CSMCE works to build partnerships among leaders in the higher education and PK-12 education sectors that further our basic mission.
News and Events
- Amber Vlasnik, a math teacher at Lincoln High School and a NebraskaNOYCE Master Teaching Fellow, was named the 2017 Nebraska Teacher of the Year on Oct. 11. Vlasnik has taught at Lincoln High since 2011 and has served as the math department chair since 2014. During the next year, Vlasnik will serve as an ambassador for the state on teaching issues. Congratulations!
- Judy Walker, Aaron Douglas Professor of Mathematics and interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at Nebraska, heads a new project, WATCH US, aimed at increasing the number of U.S. women with mathematics doctorates. It was one of 37 projects nationwide funded through the new National Science Foundation INCLUDES program to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM fields, by improving educational opportunities for underserved populations.
- Nebraska has received part of a National Science Foundation grant, SEMINAL, designed to help mathematics departments adopt more effective instructional methods at the undergraduate level. Alongside the University of Colorado Boulder, San Diego State University and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, Nebraska’s Department of Mathematics will investigate how incorporating active-learning strategies can improve the instruction of precalculus-to-calculus 2, or P2C2.
Strengthening a Community of Teacher Leaders
Since 2011, Nebraska's Noyce Master Teaching Fellows and Teaching Fellows have engaged in a wide variety of teacher leadership as mathematics teachers in high-need schools and districts. From becoming math coaches and leading professional development for peers, to giving presentations at national conferences and chairing curriculum committees, the 30 MTFs and 13 TFs demonstrate through their accomplishments the accumulation of efforts by the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education to form school-university partnerships that can provide opportunities for teacher leadership. The NebraskaNOYCE grant was funded by the National Science Foundation, as was a Phase II grant to allow us to continue to study these remarkable Noyce teachers. Contact us to receive a copy of this booklet in the mail or click on the image to download a PDF.
NebraskaMATH Final Report 2015
Over the past six years, the $9.3 million NSF-funded NebraskaMATH grant has impacted more than 700 teacher leaders across the state. The "NebraskaMATH Final Report,” published in 2015, showcases the scope of the grant’s three core programs, Primarily Math, New Teacher Network and Nebraska Algebra, as well as the programs that grew from them. Funded by the National Science Foundation, NebraskaMATH thanks not only the NSF for its support, but also the many teachers who have taken our courses and have gone back into their classrooms dedicated to the young people of Nebraska. It’s been an inspiration to collaborate with all of you. Download a copy of the final report by clicking on the image of the report.