Update -- October 14, 2014
Agenda for STEM Education Center's Meeting
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown – October 25, 2014
A hard copy of the agenda will be available at the workshop in Indianapolis.
7:45 - 8:30 am - Breakfast in Indiana A and B
8:30 - 9:00 am - General Session in Indiana C and D
9:00 – 9:15 am - Objectives of the Day in Indiana C and D
Welcome, introductions, summary of prior work -Noah Finkelstein and Kacy Redd
9:45 – 10:15 am - Toolkit for Centers in room Indiana C and D
1. What tools will help your center? What tools do we need for establishing and sustaining centers? Fix, add, delete, and prioritize the following:
Draft Toolkit elements
- Communication and framing of what a center is (e.g. branding),
- Organizational structure and how a center is organized and operates,
- What programs and offerings centers do and how to do it,
- Coordination with administration (e.g. what do I say to my provost),
- Funding sources and communicating with funders,
- Data indicators that matter,
- Cross-campus collaborations (e.g. getting buy-in from faculty).
2. Identify what would help you in these areas: future meetings, professional development, white papers, research needs, and/or materials for sharing.
3. Identify possible resources that already exist or need to be developed in these areas.
10:15 – 10:30 am - Report out
10:30 – 10:45 am - Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:55 am - Refining Research Questions in room Indiana C and D
Breakout discussion on what are potential research questions that a small number of centers could collectively address?
Overarching Research Questions
1. Studying the capacities and mechanisms of individual centers (how they operate within institutional contexts). Group Leader: Gabriela Weaver
2. How do we design and facilitate a national STEM Center network, and how do we monitor and evaluate the network in a way that increases its effectiveness over time? Group Leader: Bruce Goldstein
3. How do we design and facilitate a national STEM Center network, and how do we monitor and evaluate the network in a way that increases its effectiveness over time? Group Leader: Stan Deetz
Research Action Clusters (RAC or NIC: Network Improvement Community)
4. Retention and success: How are STEM education centers driving retention and success, especially in the first two years of undergraduate education? Group Leader: Emily Miller
5. Quality education: How are STEM education centers training and evaluating faculty teaching, and shaping learning outcomes for STEM majors including STEM teachers? Group Leader: Linda Slakey
6. Research and assessment: How are STEM education centers contributing to disciplinary based education research (DBER), evaluating student learning, and driving assessment to support STEM education improvements? Group Leader: Steve Case
7. Partnerships beyond the university: How are STEM education centers partnering with K-12 schools, 2 and 4-year colleges and universities, and/or state networks (e.g. Battelle's STEMx), and industry. Group Leader: Lorne Whitehead
8. Engaging Faculty: How are STEM education centers effectively engaging faculty? Is it through reform of upper division courses, outcomes for majors, benchmarking against peer departments, or other methods? Group Leader: Howard Gobstein
11:55 – 12:30 pm - Report out
12:30 – 1:00 pm - Lunch in Indianapolis A and B
Table discussions on strategy for building national network
1:00 – 2:00 pm - Strategy for building the national network in room Indiana C and D
- Planning the national meeting, speakers, and invited guests
- Research Action Clusters/Design-based implementation research
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Next Steps and Wrap Up