Initial Publication Date: July 26, 2018

Institute for Instructional Excellence (IIE)

The IIE functions as a designated Texas STEM Center whose primary mission is to support the expansion of STEM Education throughout the State of Texas.

Science and Mathematics Education, University of Texas at Dallas, The
Established: 2010 (link down)

Profile submitted by Dr. Joseph Ferrara

Vision and Goals

The Vision of the Institute for Instructional Excellence at UT Dallas is to effect transformational change in the lives of children through excellence and innovative practices in STEM Education. Our primary mission is to assist campuses and districts in building teacher capacity to design, implement, and assess inquiry-based learning environments across all content areas.

Center/Program Structure

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The IIE has traditionally been funded with Math-Science Partnership funds through the Texas Education Agency. Extensive funding has also come through partnerships with other states including North Carolina, Georgia, North Dakota, and New York.

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Description of Programming

The IIE serves K-12 schools in the across Texas as well as in multiple states. We provide professional development services to teachers and administrators and promote STEM to students, parents and the community.
Our programming focuses on providing effective learning experiences for students through innovative instructional practices and curricular professional development. We do this through the following activities: Establishing Standards for Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) Environments; Problem/Project-Based Learning Design and Implementation; IBL Model implementation coaching; and IBL Coaching Certification.

Successes and Impacts

- 400+ unique teachers served annually
- 30,000+ students impacted
- 300 Campuses supported
- 90% implementation rate in institutes
- K-12 Mathematics PBL Repository

Evaluation and Assessment

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Elements Contributing to Success

The key element for our success has been the development of a unique, dynamic instructional model that can be implemented across diverse contexts.

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