Webinar: Introduction and Overview of the Next Generation of STEM Teacher Preparation in Washington State (NextGen-WA) project

Friday, November 18th, 2016

4pm Pacific | 5pm Mountain | 6pm Central | 7pm Eastern (1 hour)

Registration deadline: 4pm Pacific, Thursday, November 17, 2016

Note: This webinar has already taken place. A recording of the webinar and presentation slides can be found below.


This informal, interactive webinar will provide an overview of the NextGen-WA project. We will cover the goals, anticipated outcomes, structure, and timeline for the project in preparation for getting the project underway.


At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Be able to explain, broadly, the history of our collaborative NextGen-WA project, as well as its partners, goals and outcomes over the next four years
  • Understand how a Collective Impact Framework can help groups like ours address complex issues, such as improving STEM Teacher Preparation across an entire state.
  • Understand the overarching structure, activities, and timeline of the project: including Working Groups, Implementation Teams, the Management Team, Research and Evaluation efforts, and how these components will work together to support the project's goals
  • Understand and be able to use the project's communication and collaboration tools: Zoom meetings, and Google drive accounts


Time - 4:00 pm PT | 5:00 pm MT | 6:00 pm CT | 7:00 pm ET
Duration - 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion. We will email instructions for joining the webinar once registration closes on the 17th.

Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

To join the meeting, follow this link: [link has been removed] and type your full name into the guest box.

Audio options: As you enter the virtual room, you will be prompted to select an audio option. Given the number of people who we expect to participate in the webinar, we ask that you please choose the Listen Only option at the bottom of the audio options pop-up box.

Choosing the Listen Only option will cut down on the amount of background noise and signal degradation so that we can get a good recording of the webinar for posting on the website. This means that you will be able to see the presentation, hear the presenters, and submit questions and have discussions via the chat box in the lower right portion of the webinar screen.

If you haven't been involved with previous meetings using Adobe Connect, we recommend that you go to the Adobe website and perform their system test to make sure that your computer can handle running the program. http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm


Ed Geary is Director of the Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education program at Western Washington University. He collaborates with STEM and education colleagues on the preparation of future P-12 science teachers. He has been an NSF program officer, directed the GLOBE program, and advocated for a Revolution in Earth and Space Science education. His current research interests are undergraduate STEM education reform, Education for Sustainability, and creating next generation models for STEM teacher preparation.

Dan Hanley directs an educational research and evaluation team at Western Washington University, and he is the PI of a three-million dollar NSF grant that is examining how WWU prepares elementary teachers to teach science. Dan has developed and conducted studies and evaluations for numerous organizations, including the National Science Foundation, Washington State OPSI, Washington Student Achievement Council, and the Colorado Department of Education. His research is focused on K-16 STEM teaching and learning.

Kathryn Baldwin is an Assistant Professor of Education at Eastern Washington University where she teach courses in science methods, social studies methods and educational assessment. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Geology and an Ed.D. in Curriculum in Instruction - Science Education. Her interests are in preservice and in-service teacher education, Earth science education, environmental and sustainability education, problem-based learning and systems thinking.

Roxane Ronca is an instructor in the Department of Mathematics at Western Washington University and is Project Director for the NSF-funded project NextGen STEM TP in Washington State. Prior to those positions, she was a faculty member in Environmental Sciences at Prescott College, and a Program Manager at NOAA. Her interests are in supporting the development and delivery of effective and engaging undergraduate introductory science and math education. She is currently working on transforming remedial and introductory mathematics courses in Higher Education from gatekeepers to gateways.


  • History of the NextGen-WA project
    • National and State Drivers of Change
    • 2015 Workshops
  • Synopsis of the Proposal to NSF
    • Goals, Anticipated Outcomes and Benefits
    • Collective Impact Framework
  • Plan of Action
    • Working Groups and Implementation Teams
    • Project Management and Communications
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Questions



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