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"Not News to the SENCER Community, but Sure Good to Know": Study Establishes that Active Pedagogies Really Do Drive STEM Learning
Posted: May 21 2014
In the United States, fewer than 40% of students who enter college interested in pursuing STEM graduate with a degree in the field. This statistic represents STEM's so-called "pipeline problem," which is even worse for minority students, of whom only 20% earn the STEM diplomas they sought as first years.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Communicating Climate Science to Adirondack Gatekeepers
Posted: May 21 2014
Paul Smith's College and The Wild Center are partnering on a new class offering, Communicating Climate Science. The course, developed by Professor Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College and Rob Carr of The Wild Center, not only teaches students about the effects of climate change on the local Adirondack region, it also provides them with tools to effectively communicate this information to local "gatekeepers."
SENCERized Genetics Courses Prove Not Only Genes Get Inherited
Posted: May 8 2014
After Terry R. McGuire, an associate professor of genetics at Rutgers University, attended the 2002 SENCER Summer Institute, he was motivated to develop genetics major courses that crossbred instruction with civic issues.
Engaging Mathematics: Sustainable Scholarship
Posted: May 8 2014
Dr. Rikki Wagstrom first offered a SENCER math course at Metropolitan State University, a lead institution for NCSCE's Engaging Mathematics ("Engaging Mathematics" link: http://www.ncsce.net/Initiatives/EngagingMathematics.cfm) initiative, in the fall of 2008. At the 2006 SENCER Summer Institute, she noticed that most SENCER courses were science courses. This inspired her to SENCERize a math course, Metro State's Math 101, by integrating content with sustainability issues.
Modern Mathematics: Oglethorpe University's Great Idea
Posted: Mar 13 2014
Oglethorpe University's Great Ideas of Modern Mathematics (GIMM) course offers students the chance to delve deeply into three of these recent developments, a chance most English, business, or anthropology majors never get during their undergraduate careers, a chance typically reserved for those majoring in math and science
Education Week Blended Learning Math Instruction - Webinar Recap
Posted: Feb 26 2014
Education Week hosted a webinar on February 13th entitled "Blending Math Instruction for Elementary Grades." This webinar featured presentations by Jessica Indelicato, Amy Creeden, and Jill Thompson.
The Noyce Foundation Issues Working Paper to Examine Cross-Sector STEM "Ecosystems" in Informal and Formal Science Learning
Posted: Feb 12 2014
The Noyce Foundation recently released How Cross-Sector Collaborations are Advancing STEM Learning, a working paper by Kathleen Traphagen and Saskia Traill. In the report, Traphagen and Traill explore 15 "STEM learning ecosystems" across the United States. They note that STEM learning ecosystems, a new term used to describe formal and informal education collaborations, encompass "schools, community settings such as after-school and summer programs, science centers and museums, and informal experiences at home and in a variety of environments that together constitute a rich array of learning opportunities for young people," in out-of-school settings.
Agenda Now Available for November 2 SCI-New England Meeting
Posted: Oct 3 2013
The day will be full of workshops introducing participants to SENCER, providing discussions of innovative pedagogies and partnerships including a panel from Campus Compact. In addition, there will be a workshop for administrators on leading change on your campus.
Monica Devanas Receives 2013 William E. Bennett Award
Posted: Aug 22 2013
The 2013 William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science was formally presented on August 2 at the SENCER Summer Institute to Dr. Monica Devanas of Rutgers University.
Noyce Foundation Award to Support a Second Cohort of SENCER-ISE Civic Engagement Partnerships
Posted: Jul 24 2013
The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement is pleased to announce that a second cohort of Civic Engagement Partnership Support Awardees has been welcomed into the Science Education and New Civic Engagement Responsibilities-Informal Science Education (SENCER-ISE) initiative.
Stony Brook University Hosts SCI-Midatlantic Spring Conference
Posted: Apr 17 2013
More than 80 educators and administrators from New York and New Jersey gathered at Stony Brook University on March 28 to discuss methods of improving STEM education.
Seven New Models Added to SENCER Digital Library
Posted: Apr 29 2009
The most recent additions to the SENCER Digital Library are the seven courses and programs selected to be part of the SENCER Model Series during the summer of 2008. The diverse group of resources includes international collaborations, single courses, and course clusters, and focuses on issues such as sleep, HIV/AIDS, food, and pregnancy.
African University Teams at SSI 2002
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, June 2002, Volume 1, Issue 2 Through a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) under the University ...
Announcing the SSI 2003 Participants
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, June 2003, Volume 2, Issue 1 We are pleased to announce that representatives from the following colleges, universities, and institutions will be attending the SENCER Summer Institute - 2003: ...
SENCER Classrooms: Small Changes, Big Effects
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, June 2003, Volume 2, Issue 1 Terry McGuire, associate professor of genetics at Rutgers and an SSI-2002 advance representative, reports how two small modifications - inspired by his attendance ...
Science and Community Outreach - By: Kari Murad
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, August 2003, Volume 2, Issue 2 "They (students) are invited to pursue academic excellence, to discover, and develop fully their personal and professional goals, and to contribute actively ...
Linking SENCER Courses in Kenya - By: Sherryl Broverman
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, August 2003, Volume 2, Issue 2 During the 2002 SENCER Summer Institute, I developed a collaboration with Rose Odhiambo and colleagues at Egerton University in Kenya to link our courses on ...
SENCER's International Partnerships
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, September 2003, Volume 2, Issue 3 By its very design SENCER has taken a larger view of issues that link science and civic engagement. It is no surprise, then, that, while focused on efforts to ...
SENCER Innovations Featured at ACS Meeting - By: Trace Jordan
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, September 2003, Volume 2, Issue 3 The 226th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society was held in New York City, September 7-11, 2003. Trace Jordan (New York University) and Jennifer ...
Structural Support for SENCER Reform: Adding SENCER To Your Teaching Portfolio - By: Monica Devanas
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, August 2003, Volume 2, Issue 2 Adapting or designing courses to promote SENCER ideals are rewarding activities for faculty, but frequently too little notice is taken of the time and effort ...
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