We have made a statistical difference – students are more interested in STEM careers.
Revised on 4/7/09 EJL from Jeff’s re-sent data (3/27/09) Do not delete note due to previous flowchart
VirginiaDemonstration Project Connecting STEM Professions To Our Educational Community College of William and Mary Gail Hardinge Jason Kremar
The Reality Behind The Gathering Storm… U.S. students continue to perform below average on international comparisons of science and mathematics achievement. More than 60 percent of math teachers teaching 5th through 8th graders are neither a math major nor certified in math. Beyond the Gathering Storm…
School Reform…the challenge of change The difference between success & failure in educational reform is tied to a host of issues. Process of system-wide mandates Process & content of change process Strong professional development = improved teaching Better teachers make better students
The VDP – MythsIt’s A…. Robotics program Curriculum One-size-fits-all model Flow through Costly
Core Requirements for Best Practice Implementation Collaborative Partnership (Base, University, & Schools) S&E Involvement (Co-teaching) Inclusive Program (in classroom) Cross-walked to National Standards Evaluation and Metrics Problem/Inquiry Based Learning STEM Career Focus
Adjusting a Local Model to a National Initiative… How does this get done?
Evaluation: Making It Happen Make it easy & simple Make it timely Plan up front Tie it to funding <25 – hard copies >25 – web surveys
VDP / NDEP Fall Student Questionnaire Evaluation Findings – Future Employment Level of Agreement Scale: 1 = Strongly Disagree; 4 = Strongly Agree signifies significant difference between pre and post at the 0.05 level Total N for all completing pre and post is 462
VDP / NDEP Fall Student Questionnaire Future Employment Level of Agreement Scale: 1 = Strongly Disagree; 4 = Strongly Agree signifies significant difference between pre and post at the 0.05 level Total N for all completing pre and post is 462
STEM Ed Sustainability 3-5 year PD model Multi-media support Teacher certification Master Teacher Master Teacher 1 Support long-term professional growth 2 Develop nested mentoring 3 Create sustainable model Multi-Media Support Web site … distance support Curriculum review team Technology focus – wiki spaces, twitter Teacher Certification 1 Achieve certification points 2 Support best practice
Standardizing a Plan Develop National clearinghouse of projects Develop communication channel & strategic POCs Recognize local relevance & strength, BUT develop key principles for all programs Build in formative assessment and recognize the pattern of growth & change that occurs with all projects We’ll say it again…don’t skip the steps!
Lessons Learned Identify and use your local resources (improves sustainability) Develop project ownership for lasting change Don’t skip the steps (Buy-in, Plan, Disseminate, Implement, Evaluate) Plan early – develop a timeline Plan evaluation when you develop you program goals Design for flexibility One shot PD is not best practice An effective program has unintended benefits
If it were so simple…. Is our priority to offer an inclusive program or to maximize return on investment? Mentoring vs coaching…what is the ideal role of an S&E? What is your definition of “collaboration” & “partnership”? Whose time-line matters? Funding – bureaucracy AND integrity? When is enough enough? (Do we reduce S&E involvement over time or is it even an out-reach program without S&Es?
Awards, Presentations, and Grants VA Mathematics & Science Coalition - 2008 Programs That Work 2007 Governor’s Conference on Education – A VA Model for Integrating STEM NSF / NOYCE - Increasing rate of licensure for college students in STEM teaching areas ($750K) VA DoE - Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow - Developing undergraduate programs to prepare college students to teach STEM content in high school ($188K) Governor’s Grant (Stafford County Schools) – Developing STEM Academies at two high schools ($100K)