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Noyce Regional Dialogue discusses goals for STEM teacher education
Key leaders who recruit, prepare, license and evaluate teachers attended the "NSF Robert Noyce Program Regional Dialogue on Stimulating Research and Innovation for Preservice Education of STEM Teachers in High-Need Schools," on Sunday, May 21, and Monday, May 22, 2017. Hosted by Noyce award grantees Dr. Wendy Smith of UNL's Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education and Dr. Sharon Vestal of South Dakota State University's Department of Mathematics and Statistics, this regional conference at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska, focused on developing a research agenda for preparing math and science teachers.
The primary audience for these discussions was: Midwest Noyce project faculty; faculty from colleges and universities that prepare teachers; district administrators; and key leaders at state education agencies. Other potential invitees are: current and former Noyce Scholars and Fellows and teacher leaders at elementary, middle and high schools. This workshop served the Midwest region of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
With the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, the field is moving toward more common expectations for student learning in STEM areas. With that should come a move toward more common teacher preparation in STEM areas. Bringing stakeholders together to have a PK-20 conversation at the regional level allows for the opportunity to explore what Midwest teacher preparation institutions have in common and show that we could benefit from more coordination of efforts.
Working groups convened around these key questions:
- What should be the main goals of evidence-based STEM teacher education and leadership development programs, and how do these goals translate into desired outcomes?
- How do we design a curriculum to achieve these goals, and what is the best way to deliver that curriculum?
- How do we best prepare our faculty and structure our departments and institutions to achieve these goals?
- How do our collective goals for preservice STEM teacher preparation fit into and inform local, state, regional and national educational policies?
The Noyce Regional Dialogue supported the travel of approximately 60 people. This grant covered: lodging for 1 night (Sunday, May 21, at the Embassy Suites Lincoln); mileage reimbursement, rentar car if needed and parking at the hotel OR flights up to $500 into Lincoln (transportation from Omaha airport to Lincoln is also covered but not arranged arranged); breakfast Monday morning; and a buffet lunch on Monday, at the hotel.
Where We've Been
In addition to regional conferences in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the Midwest Regional Robert Noyce Connections grant hosted workshops throughout the Midwest. These workshops are 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, as well as their fellow teachers and faculty interested in STEM education. Any project personnel, Noyce Scholar or K-12 teacher is welcome to attend. These free workshops were sponsored by the Noyce Connections grant, which provides lunch and mileage reimbursement for participants.
Noyce Workshop 11/4 and 11/5/16 IUPUI: Project-Based Learning - This two-day workshop (9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day with lunch) in Indianapolis will provide a hands-on approach based on participant need to knows. The assumption is that the participants have had some PBL experience and/or training from which to ask for workshops. This session will be very participant-led as each workshop presented will be determined by a participant need. Participants will also with create a new project or modify an existing one. Ryan Steuer, the executive director of Magnify Learning will present at the workshop. Contact Erin Wessels for more information. Download flier
Noyce Workshop 4/15/16 IUPUI: Project-Based Learning - The Project-Based Learning Workshop took place on Friday, April 15, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Ryan Steuer, the executive director of Magnify Learning will present at the workshop. This workshop will introduce you to this particular pedagogical approach to STEM teaching in high-need classrooms. Download flier
Noyce Workshop 2/28/15 SIU-Edwardsville and 3/28/15 IUPUI: Effective Teaching Through Projects - This hands-on workshop for classroom teachers in grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 provides classroom projects for teachers to try and will be led by Dr. Brad Christensen of SIUE and Dr. Willy Hunter of Illinois State University. Although 99% of teachers state that projects are valuable for student learning, only 50% ever do them. Over 95% of teachers would do more projects if they had the time and resources to do so. This workshop is for those 95%. Participants will experience how projects can be used as an effective and efficient means to teach content, not simply as an application of concepts already covered. We will explore the practice of doing the project first, supplementing it with traditional pedagogy as necessary. See here some of the projects you will try.
Noyce Workshop 3/14/15 IUPUI: Improve Diverse Students’ Engagement in STEM Learning By Design - Presenters Dr. Annela Teemant, Associate Professor of Second Language Education at IUPUI, and Cathy Bhathena, Ph.D. candidate in Urban Education Studies at IUPUI, will introduce participants to instructional features that improve student achievement among culturally, linguistically, economically, and learning diverse students. Participants consider classroom organization, six principles of learning, and how to create a culture of recognition that respects student diversity.
Noyce Workshop 4/25/15 UNL: Dine, Dialogue and Pass it On - "Pass it On" provides an avenue for growing and developing skills for generating productive dialogue about diversity, inclusion and social justice. Many people find dialogues prompted by "Pass It On" challenging. The questions and prompts in this exercise are intended to stimulate dialogue that provides an opportunity to make discussing these issues increasingly less difficult. Dr. Regina Werum, a professor of sociology at UNL, will open the workshop with a panel to prepare us for the proper vocabulary for the exercise and after lunch she will lead the workshop discussion into applications for the classroom.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Noon-1 p.m. MST: Part II of Using the Wheel without Reinventing It: What to Examine for Noyce Project Evaluation, by John Sutton, Brandie Ward and Emma Espel, RMC Research
- The instruments referenced in the May 20, 2015 webinar are available here as Word files. Please cite RMC Research if you use these in your own projects:
- Goals Scale
- MTF Teacher Survey
- Project Staff Interview
- Student Focus Group
Description: John Sutton, Brandie Ward, and Emma Espel from RMC Research drew upon experience as Noyce evaluators with multiple Noyce project types, as well as connections within the Noyce community, lead this second of two webinars. While the first webinar provided an overview of different types of evaluation questions used to examine common topics, this webinar sought to help principal investigators and evaluators feel better prepared to answer two questions: What instruments can be used to examine and evaluate your Noyce Project? Once you’ve selected an instrument, how do you customize it to meet the needs of your project? This webinar reviewed existing data collection strategies and instruments that are best suited in evaluation of Noyce grants and discussed customization of measures to meet the needs of evaluations. Participants are invited to share their existing instrumentations for sharing across the Noyce community.
Description: John Sutton, Brandie Ward, and Emma Espel from RMC Research drew upon experience as Noyce evaluators with multiple Noyce project types, as well as connections within the Noyce community, to lead this first of two webinars. Ultimately, the webinar sought to help principal investigators and evaluators feel better prepared to answer two questions: What do you want to examine in your Noyce Project evaluation and how do you examine and evaluate your Noyce Project? This webinar involved an overview of the different types of evaluation questions used to examine common topics.
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