Midwest Regional 2014
Building communities of practice

2014 Building Communities of Practice Conference

The Midwest Regional Robert Noyce Connections 2014: Building Communities of Practice conference was held in Omaha, Nebraska, on October 2-3, 2014, at the Hilton Omaha Hotel and Conference Center. Each Principal Investigator of an active Noyce project was invited to send a project delegation of four project personnel to the conference, with at least one co-PI and one Noyce Scholar included among the four attendees. Other potential delegation members could be an evaluator, project manager, Master Teaching Fellow, or Teaching Fellow or Scholar (in-service or pre-service). This conference is for Robert Noyce project personnel and participants in the Midwestern region, which consists of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The 2015 conference will be held on Oct. 29, 2015.

Conference Schedule

The conference began on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 8 a.m. and ended on Friday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. See below for the full schedule or download this PDF of the schedule. To download a copy of the full program, download this PDF of the program booklet. Sessions included plenary speakers; breakout sessions with presentations from the Noyce community; panel discussions targeting various conference audiences; and structured networking opportunities, including a poster session. Conference participants are encouraged to connect with one another via a closed, LinkedIn™ group. Please join LinkedIn now and request membership in the Midwest Regional Noyce Community group.

Conference objectives are to:

  • increase the personal connections among Midwest Noyce project members;
  • utilize these new and/or strengthened connections to share expertise and knowledge across Midwest Noyce projects;
  • support the professional development of Noyce Scholars; and
  • build a community of practice among Noyce Scholars.
Schedule for Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time Location Title Presenters Slides
7:00-8:30 Blackstone Ballroom Breakfast & Registration
8:30-10:00 Blackstone Ballroom Opening Remarks and Plenary Talk Dr. Matthew Larson Taking Action to Ensure Mathematics Works for All
10:15-11:00 Blackstone Ballroom Panel Discussions Scholars: Voices from the Field, PIs: Taking the Next Step
11:15-11:45 Breakout rooms Networking 1 Panelists Follow-up conversations with individual panelists
noon-1:30 Blackstone Ballroom Lunch and Plenary Talk Dr. Alberto Rodriguez Managing sociocultural and structural challenges through sociotransformative constructivism: A longitudinal case study of a high school science teacher
1:30-2:00 Blackstone Ballroom Presentation by NSF Dr. TJ Murphy Noyce by the Numbers
2:15-3:00 Breakout Rooms Networking 2 See full program for titles, presenters and descriptions of all nine concurrent sessions 1) Developing Number Sense with Middle School Students, Tracey Belcher and Angela Szalai, Wayne-Westland Community School District
2) Using Statistics in Mathematics Classes, Shelby Aaberg and Jason Vitosh, Nebraska Master Teaching Fellows
3) Mathematics Coaching: Moving from Master Teacher to Mathematics Leader, John Sutton and Arlene Mitchell, RMC
4) Supporting Noyce Fellows and their Cooperating Teachers, Carla Gerberry and Ashley Vaughn, Xavier University
5) From Billboards to Facebook: Recruitment Strategies for Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs, Marilyn Soucie, University of Missouri
6) Supporting Scholars: The Hendrix N-STEAD Induction, Dionne Jackson, Hendrix College
3:15-4:00 Breakout Rooms Networking 3 See full program for titles, presenters and descriptions of all nine concurrent sessions 1) What to Do When You Are the Department, Sharon Vestal, South Dakota State University
2) Planning for Formative Assessment during Lesson Development, Helen Apthorp, Marzano Research Laboratory
3) Evaluation Considerations for Noyce Projects, John Sutton, Arlene Mitchell, Emma Espel and Brandie Ward, RMC
4) Strategic Recruitment Strategies to Attract Students into Chemistry and Physics Education, Michelle Dean, Kennesaw State University
4:00-4:30 Blackstone Ballroom Afternoon Break & Poster Setup
4:30-6:00 Blackstone Ballroom Poster Session See full program for list of posters and authors
6:00- Old Market Area, Downtown Omaha Dinner on your own
Schedule for Friday, October 3, 2014
7:00-9:00 Blackstone Ballroom Breakfast & Poster Takedown See tables for conversation topics
9:00-10:15 Blackstone Ballroom Cultural Compentency Panel Eastern Michigan University Deborah A. Harmon, Professor
Casey Edgar, Undergraduate Noyce Scholar
Amaris Evans, Undergraduate Noyce Scholar
JuaQuita Grady, Undergraduate Noyce Scholar
10:30-11:15 Breakout Rooms Networking 4 See full program for titles, presenters and descriptions of all six concurrent sessions 1) Using Technology in the Mathematics Classroom, Jill Edgren and Jerel Welker, Nebraska Master Teaching Fellows
2) CSI: Coaching Science Inquiry in Rural Schools, Gwen Nugent, Gina Kunz, James Houston, Sandra Kendall and Bruce Hayden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
3) Strategies for Recruiting Noyce Teaching Fellows, Jim Lewis and Lindsay Augustyn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
11:30-1:00 Blackstone Ballroom Lunch & Plenary Talk Dr. Todd Campbell Explaining Phenomena and Solving Problems as a Central Shift in the Next Generation Science Standards Vision for Science Teaching and Learning
1:00-1:30 Blackstone Ballroom Closing Remarks Dr. Wendy Smith Please be sure to complete the online conference evaluation survey.

Organizing Committee

Conference organizers form a partnership across five Noyce projects at four institutions. The collaborating team comes from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Illinois State University (ISU), Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Wittenberg University.

  • Wendy Smith (chair), University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Willy Hunter, Illinois State University
  • Kim Nguyen, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
  • Gina Post, Wittenberg University

UNL Planning Committee:

  • Lindsay Augustyn
  • Jim Lewis
  • Beth Lewis
  • Jon Pedersen
  • Steve Swidler