STEM Central

A Community of Practice for NSF STEM Projects

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Information Description Resource

6:00PM-9:00PM

Exhibit Hall C

Poster Setup

6:30PM-9:00PM

Thurgood Marshall West

Pre-Conference Workshop: Building STEP Community using STEPCentral.net

Participating in a Community of Practice for STEP grantees can improve your project’s success as well as improve the practice of STEM learning and teaching at a National level.  STEPCentral.net is designed to help build community through increased networking with other STEP grantees, providing access to useful resources, and serving as a node for working collaboratively with people in the broader STEP Community. This session will provide an overview of how STEP grantees can utilize STEPCentral.net to engage with and be leaders in the STEP Community. An important outcome will be to obtain your input and expertise on how we can proceed collectively as a Community of Practice to cultivate value and success in our STEP projects and STEM learning on a National level.

REGISTER HERE if you would like to attend this session.

Access the on-line working group Serving and Expanding the STEP Community and continue the discussion before, during, and after the meeting.

 

Working Group

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Information Description Resource

7:00AM - 8:15AM

Exhibit Hall C

Poster Setup

7:00AM - 5:00PM

Thurgood Marshall Foyer

Registration

7:30AM - 8:15AM

Thurgood Marshall Foyer

Mentorship Meetings

7:30AM - 8:15AM

Thurgood Northwest

Continental Breakfast

pastries & assorted beverages

8:15AM - 10:15AM

Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

Opening Session

8:15AM-9:00AM

Opening Remarks and Meeting Information

Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources Directorate, NSF;

Lee Zia, STEP Lead Program Director, DUE, NSF;

Scott Grissom, Grand Valley State University, Meeting co-Organizer

9:00AM-10:15AM

Plenary Speaker: Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami Dade College

Introduced by Susan R. Singer, Division Director, DUE

Discussion

Title

The Meaning of Success: STEM Education in an Ever Changing Workforce

Abstract

By most accounts, attention to STEM education in the United States is growing stronger with time, acknowledging significant growth of STEM-related industries and the necessity of preparing students for a burgeoning range of career opportunities. But the very nature of STEM research and development implies change that inevitably affects workforce trends and career paths. How best to prepare our students for an unpredictable workforce environment and a changing global society? Beyond STEM acumen, what is the relevant toolkit of skills and understandings that will serve our students and enhance partnerships with industry? These questions are addressed in the context of a recovering economy that will continue to influence policy and support.

10:15AM - 10:45AM

Thurgood Marshall Foyer

Networking Break

coffee, tea & decaf

10:45AM - 12:15PM

Breakout Session I

Location Description
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I-1 Keynote: Continue the Conversation with Eduardo Padrón
I-2 Introductory Research Experiences for At-risk Freshman-Sophomore STEM Majors
I-3 Fostering Changes in Institutional Culture & Practice
I-4 First-Year STEM Student Cohorts: Assessment and Best Practices
I-5 Identifying Deficiencies in Your STEP Program
I-6 Strategies for Promoting Faculty Engagement with Early STEM Students
I-7 Working Smart: How to Build, Evaluate, and Sustain a Portfolio of Strategies
I-8 Developing Effective Bridge Programs
I-9 Strategies for Sustainability / Institutionalization
I-10 Successful Experiences in First Year Mathematics Courses
I-11 Strategies for Promoting Diversity
I-12 Data Collection, Publishing, and Dissemination of Results

11:30AM - 7:00PM

Table by Registration

ICF International Inc. Help Desk

12:15PM - 2:00PM

Thurgood Northwest

Lunch and Networking

12:45PM-1:45PM

Thurgood Northwest

Lunch Speakers: Lee Zia and Connie Della-Piana, STEP Lead Program Directors, DUE

Working Group

Title

STEP: What are we learning and what would we like to learn?

Abstract

It is an exciting time for the undergraduate STEM education enterprise with national and Federal acknowledgment of the important role it plays in the context of US global competitiveness. The various PCAST reports over the last eighteen months have done much to foreground this theme. Furthermore, a recent announcement from OSTP calls attention to a Cross-Agency Priority goal that is seen as the next step towards putting into operation the PCAST call for one million more STEM graduates by 2020. STEP provides one of several opportunities for NSF to participate in achieving this Cross-Agency Priority goal. Towards this end, it is also vital that the program can demonstrate that its investments are paying off. At the project level we want to learn about the connection between increased degree attainment and project activities. Furthermore, we would like to be able to “roll up” project level data in support of an overall understanding of “program impact and effectiveness.”

2:00PM - 3:15PM

Exhibit Hall C

Poster Session A

3:15PM - 3:30PM

Thurgood Marshall Foyer

Networking Break

coffee, tea & decaf

3:30PM - 5:00PM

Breakout Session II

Location Description
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II-1 Building Bridges for StTEM Success: Implementing Effective Summer Bridge Design
II-2 Supporting Community College Transfers
II-3 Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR): A guide for undergraduate research initiatives
II-4 6 Steps to Your STEP Evaluation
II-5 Developing and Sustaining a Successful Peer Mentoring Program: Positive Effects on Student Retention
II-6 Amplifying the ripples: Disseminating your Educational Project to a Larger Audience
II-7 STEM Education Organizations
II-8 Sparking and Sustaining Active Student Engagement
II-9 Effectively Managing Your Project
II-10 Preparing for Your 3rd Year Review
II-11 Collecting and Organizing Data: How and Why
II-12 Type 2 Round-table

5:00PM - 6:15PM

Exhibit Hall C

Poster Session B

Refreshments; Hors Doevres; Cash Bar

6:30PM

Exhibit Hall C

Poster Board Takedown

Friday March 15, 2013

Information Description Resource

7:45AM-12:30PM

Thurgood Marshall Foyer

Registration

7:45AM-8:30AM

Thurgood Marshall Northwest

Continental Breakfast

pastries & assorted beverages

8:30AM-12:00PM

Table by Registration

ICF International Inc. Help Desk

8:30AM-10:00AM

Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

Plenary Speaker: Philip "Uri" Treisman, Professor of Mathematics and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

Introduced by Claire Duggan, Center for STEM Education, Northeastern University.

Discussion

Title

Innovation as Ornament and the Challenge of Improvement at Scale

Abstract

Compelling economic forecasts indicate that our country will need to produce, over the next decade, one million more college graduates in STEM fields than would be expected at current rates. Fortunately, everywhere and all the time armies of responsible faculty members and administrators are working to improve their undergraduate programs with the goal of increasing the number and diversity of STEM graduates. Many of these academics recognize that the health of their disciplines depends on developing a next generation of STEM professionals that represents the full diversity of our society. Yet progress is disappointedly slow--despite the enormous energy expended on the task. How might we proceed differently so that necessary change occurs at scale? And, what new arrangements must be created to allow those working at different levels of the educational system to collaborate on meeting national and disciplinary goals? These questions and suggested answers are the heart of the talk.

10:00AM-10:15AM

Thurgood Marshall Foyer

Networking Break

coffee, tea & decaf

10:15AM-11:45PM

Breakout Session III

Location Description
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III-1 Keynote: Continue the Conversation with Philip "Uri" Treisman
III-2 Using Undergraduate Research and Internships to Recruit and Retain STEM Students
III-3 Utilizing Peer Mentors in Supplemental Instruction
III-4 Learning Communities & Cohort-Building
III-5 Increasing Student Success in STEM through Application-Based Math Instruction
III-6 STEM Culture of Success: A Cultural Approach for Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in STEM
III-7 The E-Portfolio: Using Technology to Increase Student Academic and Social Development
III-8 Improving Retention, Transfer and Successful Graduation
III-9 Creating a Faculty Fellows Community: Developing Collaboration Through Facilitation
III-10 Recruitment and Retention in Foundational Science Courses
III-11 Planning for a Competitive STEP 1B Submission
III-12 Fostering Critical Thinking for STEM Students at Risk: Nuts, Bolts and Details

11:45AM-12:15PM

Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

Closing Remarks

12:15PM

Meeting Adjourns

4:30PM - 6:00PM

Washington Evaluators Happy Hour: Theme: How to Evaluate Communities of Practice.

Do you evaluate communities of practice as part of your work?  Are you interested in meeting evaluators who evaluate communities of practice?  Join us.  Meet fellow evaluators for informal discussion on how to evaluate communities of practice.  This happy hour immediately follows the annual STEP Central grantees meeting. This happy hour is not an official part of that meeting, but grantees and their evaluators are welcome to attend. Click here for location and directions.   Please RSVP to Brian Yoder by 3/13/13 – brianlyoder@gmail.com