About this Project
The project plans to establish and train a consultancy corps of experienced faculty developers from the consortium organizations. The organizations include the BioQUEST Curricular Consortium, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement's Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) program, The Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) Project, and the Summer Institutes for Scientific Teaching. This effort supports the integration of national, NSF-supported STEM education initiatives to provide holistic support that will help educators achieve improved student outcomes. Consortium members will collaboratively build a community of practice and develop a consultancy corps that is knowledgeable in the improvement practices of all five initiatives. Three-member teams will be assigned to work one of the following four partner institutions: Bakersfield College, California State University-Chico, Georgia State University, and the University of Richmond. The Consortium will then undertake a cycle of consultation, action, and follow-up support to achieve the following goals.
- The development of a community of practice among the five national initiatives, increasing their reach and coordinating their support for professional development and programmatic change; and
- The development of a consultancy program that serves as a bridge between the national initiatives and individual institutional efforts to improve instruction and student support practices.
Evaluation activities will provide formative and summative feedback on the consultancy model, using a community of practice lens. Research conducted during the project will examine the impact of the change efforts at each institution, including the development of new tools to study readiness for change. The collective expertise of Consortium members and their available resources and approaches, along with a set of new materials to support the consultancy corps, will be made available through a public web repository. The NSF IUSE: EHR Program supports research and development projects to improve the effectiveness of STEM education for all students. This project is in the Institutional and Community Transformation track, through which the IUSE: EHR program supports efforts to transform and improve STEM education across institutions of higher education and disciplinary communities.
This project is supported by the NSF Award: No. 1933897