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  • Virginia Demonstration Project

    1. 1. VirginiaDemonstration Project<br />Connecting STEM Professions<br />To <br />Our Educational Community<br />College of William and Mary<br />Gail Hardinge<br />Jason Kremar<br />
    2. 2. The Reality Behind The Gathering Storm…<br /> U.S. students continue to perform below<br /> average on international comparisons of<br /> science and mathematics achievement.<br /> More than 60 percent of math teachers teaching 5th through 8th graders are neither a math major nor certified in math.<br /> Beyond the Gathering Storm…<br />
    3. 3. School Reform…the challenge of change<br />The difference between success & failure in educational reform is tied to a host of issues.<br />Process of system-wide mandates<br />Process & content of change process<br />Strong professional <br /> development = improved teaching<br /> Better teachers make better students<br />
    4. 4. The VDP – MythsIt’s A….<br />Robotics program<br />Curriculum<br />One-size-fits-all model<br />Flow through<br />Costly<br />
    5. 5. From Demonstration to National Model… <br />
    6. 6. Collaborative K-12 Outreach<br />
    7. 7. Metrics – Tell the Story <br />
    8. 8. NAVY Labs in the Schools?<br />Dynamic, job-embedded educational outreach<br />Career focused mentoring <br />Enhancement of classroom lessons<br />The ultimate career exposure!<br />
    9. 9. Why a University Partnership?<br />Development + Management + Evaluation<br />
    10. 10. Connecting the Essential Players<br />
    11. 11. Core Requirements for Best Practice Implementation<br />Collaborative Partnership (Base, University, & Schools) <br />S&E Involvement (Co-teaching)<br />Inclusive Program (in classroom)<br />Cross-walked to National Standards<br />Evaluation and Metrics<br />Problem/Inquiry Based Learning<br />STEM Career Focus  <br />
    12. 12. Adjusting a Local Model to a National Initiative…<br />How does this get done?<br />
    13. 13. Module Collections<br /><ul><li>Crisis at a Coral Reef
    14. 14. Eight different lessons sets
    15. 15. Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, & Language Arts
    16. 16. ~ 27 days of lessons
    17. 17. Landmine
    18. 18. Nine different lessons sets
    19. 19. Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
    20. 20. ~ 28 days of lessons
    21. 21. Coastal Scenario
    22. 22. Ten different lessons sets
    23. 23. Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
    24. 24. ~ 28 days of lessons</li></li></ul><li>Process Meshed with Content<br />Strands of Effective STEM Instruction<br />STEM Content Areas<br />
    25. 25. STEM Content Areas<br />
    26. 26. Strands of Effective STEM Instruction<br />Co-Teaching<br />
    27. 27. <ul><li>In a classroom with a diverse student body with language and learning needs
    28. 28. To support STEM career exploration and interest
    29. 29. General Education Teacher
    30. 30. Special Education Teacher
    31. 31. STME Professional
    32. 32. All Students</li></ul>5 Mode of Co-Teaching <br /><ul><li>One Teach-One Assist (least effective)
    33. 33. Station Teaching
    34. 34. Parallel Teaching
    35. 35. Alternative Teaching
    36. 36. Team Teaching (most effective)
    37. 37. Contributes positivity to professional development of teachers
    38. 38. Increases cooperation among students
    39. 39. Gives additional attention for student with diverse learning and language needs
    40. 40. Increase instructional options
    41. 41. Set aside at least 30 minutes of planning time a week
    42. 42. Make sure you have parity signals
    43. 43. Take time to align instructional beliefs
    44. 44. Discuss how issues of confidentiality will be handled
    45. 45. Talk about the noise level in the classroom
    46. 46. Make sure all parties have a deep content knowledge
    47. 47. Be on the same page with discipline and management
    48. 48. Talk about pet peeves
    49. 49. Co-teaching should be voluntary
    50. 50. Administration support is very important</li></li></ul><li>School Climate & Ethics (Sex, Politics & Religion)<br />School Policies:<br />More School Basics:<br /><ul><li> Visitor procedures
    51. 51.  Discipline
    52. 52.  Fire Drills
    53. 53.  Crisis Plan
    54. 54.  Security
    55. 55.  Students with Special Needs
    56. 56. Confidentiality
    57. 57.  Lunch procedures
    58. 58.  Communication
    59. 59. Phone, Email
    60. 60.   Location of bathrooms
    61. 61.   Professional / personal titles (What do we call each other?)
    62. 62.   Dress expectations of staff
    63. 63.   Others</li></li></ul><li>Wrapping it Up….Evaluation MeasuresCausal Comparative Non-Equivalent Control Group<br />Student Achievement<br /><ul><li>Standards-based content assessment</li></ul>Student Career<br /><ul><li>Career Awareness & Intention instrument</li></ul>Course Selection Profile<br /><ul><li>School tracking data</li></ul>Interviews<br /><ul><li>S&Es & Teachers
    64. 64. Students
    65. 65. Administrators</li></li></ul><li>Evaluation: Making It Happen<br />Make it easy & simple<br />Make it timely<br />Plan up front<br />Tie it to funding<br />&lt;25 – hard copies<br />&gt;25 – web surveys<br />
    66. 66. VDP / NDEP Fall Student Questionnaire Evaluation Findings – Future Employment<br />Level of Agreement Scale: 1 = Strongly Disagree; 4 = Strongly Agree<br /> signifies significant difference between pre and post at the 0.05 level <br /> Total N for all completing pre and post is 462<br />
    67. 67. VDP / NDEP Fall Student Questionnaire Future Employment<br />Level of Agreement Scale: 1 = Strongly Disagree; 4 = Strongly Agree<br /> signifies significant difference between pre and post at the 0.05 level <br /> Total N for all completing pre and post is 462<br />
    68. 68. Summer Academy Metrics<br />
    69. 69. Summer Academy Metrics<br />
    70. 70. STEM Ed Sustainability<br />3-5 year PD model<br />Multi-media support<br />Teacher certification<br />Master Teacher <br />Master Teacher <br />1 Support long-term professional growth<br />2 Develop nested mentoring<br />3 Create sustainable model<br />Multi-Media Support<br />Web site … distance support<br />Curriculum review team <br />Technology focus – wiki spaces, twitter<br />Teacher Certification <br />1 Achieve certification points<br />2 Support best practice<br />
    71. 71. Explore! Science Magazine<br />
    72. 72. Explore! – Designed for Students<br />
    73. 73. Example of National Rollout<br />
    74. 74. Guidelines for Sustainability<br />
    75. 75. Standardizing a Plan<br />Develop National clearinghouse of projects<br />Develop communication channel & strategic POCs<br />Recognize local relevance & strength, BUT develop key principles for all programs<br />Build in formative assessment and recognize the pattern of growth & change that occurs with all projects<br />We’ll say it again…don’t skip the steps!<br />
    76. 76. Lessons Learned<br />Identify and use your local resources (improves sustainability)<br />Develop project ownership for lasting change<br />Don’t skip the steps (Buy-in, Plan, Disseminate, Implement, Evaluate)<br />Plan early – develop a timeline<br />Plan evaluation when you develop you program goals<br />Design for flexibility <br />One shot PD is not best practice<br />An effective program has unintended benefits <br />
    77. 77. If it were so simple….<br />Is our priority to offer an inclusive program or to maximize return on investment?<br />Mentoring vs coaching…what is the ideal role of an S&E?<br />What is your definition of “collaboration” & “partnership”?<br />Whose time-line matters?<br />Funding – bureaucracy AND integrity?<br />When is enough enough? (Do we reduce S&E involvement over time or is it even an out-reach program without S&Es?<br />
    78. 78. Awards, Presentations, and Grants<br />VA Mathematics & Science Coalition - 2008 Programs That Work<br />2007 Governor’s Conference on Education – A VA Model for Integrating STEM<br />NSF / NOYCE - Increasing rate of licensure for college students in STEM teaching areas ($750K)<br />VA DoE - Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow - Developing undergraduate programs to prepare college students to teach STEM content in high school ($188K)<br />Governor’s Grant (Stafford County Schools) – Developing STEM Academies at two high schools ($100K)<br />
    79. 79. Contact Information<br />

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