Media Advisory 07-041
"STEM Summit" Brings Together Science and Math Faculty to Further Student Success
December 6, 2007
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Math and science faculty from institutions around the country come together in Washington, D.C., Dec. 11-12, with the goal of sharing strategies to promote student success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from the elementary grades through higher education.
The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program run by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been partnering STEM faculty with K-12 teachers since 2002, helping teachers improve their content knowledge while receiving mentoring and professional development opportunities in their field -- all with the goal of better preparing students for success in college and beyond. A complementary Mathematics and Science Partnerships program at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has been providing funding to each state since 2003, focusing on partnership and professional development opportunities.
Higher education faculty from both programs will participate in the summit. Among the topics to be covered will be approaches to working with teachers to deepen their scientific and mathematical content knowledge, so that they can be increasingly effective in working with their K-12 students, as well as providing incentives to STEM faculty for the work they do with K-12 teachers.
"This is the first time that STEM faculty involved in the NSF and ED programs have been together to share their observations and ideas," says MSP program director Kathleen Bergin. "We expect this to benefit them, the partnerships, and, ultimately, the students involved."
The conference takes place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. It begins at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and continues until Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 2:00 p.m. A complete agenda is below.
Media interested in attending are asked to contact Maria Zacharias at NSF at email@example.com, or 703-292-8454.
Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program
December 11-12, 2007
|Tuesday, December 11, 2007|
|7:30 am - 8:30 am||Registration, Continental Breakfast|
|8:30 am - 9:15 am|
Setting the Stage
|9:15 am - 9:30 am||Break|
|9:30 am - 10:30 am||Panel: STEM Faculty Teaching Math to Teachers|
Ken Gross, University of Vermont
Hung-Hsi Wu, University of California - Berkeley
Jim Lewis, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Joan Ferrini-Mundy, National Science Foundation
Panel: STEM Faculty Teaching Science to Teachers
|10:30 am - 11:00 am||Break|
|11:00 am - 12:00 pm||Keystone: Global Issues and the Scientific Enterprise: Transforming High School Science Teaching and Learning|
Barbara Schaal, Spencer T. Olin Professor of Biology - Washington University, VP National Academy of Sciences
|12:00 pm - 1:00 pm||Lunch|
|1:00 pm - 2:30 pm|
Breakout Sessions by Discipline - MSP Experiences: Successes and Opportunities
Math -(Diplomat Room)
Math - (Embassy Room)
Math - (Directors Room)
Math - (Council Room)
Science - (Forum Room)
Science - (Senate Room)
Science - (Cabinet Room)
|2:30 pm - 2:45 pm||Break|
|2:45 pm - 3:30 pm|
Keystone: Implications for All Students of STEM Faculty Involved in Pre-Service Education of Teachers
|3:30 pm - 3:45 pm||Break|
|3:45 pm - 5:00 pm|
Breakout Sessions - Scholarship and Institutional Changes
Research as a Strategy for Developing Cooperative Efforts Among Educators and Scientists
Changing the IHE Reward Structure to Support the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: PRISM and the New University System of Georgia's Advocacy Policy
Models for Institutionalizing Support for STEM Faculty Work in Teaching and Learning: A STEM Center and a Regional Compact
Incorporating the Science of Learning in STEM Teaching and Learning: How People Learn, Taking Science to School, and Ready, Set, Science!
The Role of Professional Societies in Engaging STEM Faculty in K-12 Work
|5:30 pm - 7:00 pm||Reception: MSP in the Federal Context|
Remarks by Pat O'Connell Johnson & Daniel Maki
|Wednesday, December 12, 2007|
|8:00 am - 8:30 am||Continental Breakfast |
|8:30 am - 9:15 am|
|9:15 am - 9:30 am||Break|
|9:30 am - 10:30 am||Measuring Growth in Student Learning: How Do You Know Whether They Are Learning What You Want Them to Learn?|
Sean Smith, Horizon Research, Inc.
Dan Heck, Horizon Research, Inc.
|10:30 am - 10:45 am||Break|
|10:45 am - 12:00 pm|
Breakout Sessions by Discipline - Charting a Course for the Future
Math - (Forum Room)
Math - (Senate Room)
Math - (Cabinet Room)
Science - (Embassy Room)
Science - (Directors Room)
Science - (Capitol Room)
|12:00 pm - 1:20 pm||Lunch and Closing Speaker|
Larry Faulkner, President Emeritus, University of Texas - Austin, Chair, National Math Panel
|1:20 pm - 2:00 pm||STEM Summit Reflections|
Barbara Schaal, James Milgram, Rich Cardullo & Terry Millar
Curricula and activities presented at this conference are not endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education or the National Science Foundation. For more information on the MSP Programs at ED and NSF, visit their websites at http://www.ed-msp.net/ and hub.mspnet.org.
Please note that breakout sessions will have facilitators/recorders present to help guide the discussion as necessary and document key themes. This is part of the outcome of the STEM Summit to generate a product after the meeting that captures the overall discussion.
Facilitator/Recorder team from Center for Leadership and Organizational Change from the University of Maryland College Park includes: Ellen Borkowski, Deborah Reid Bryant, Omowale Elson, Vicky Foxworth, Heidi Hanson, Laura Scott, Judy Tso.
Maria Zacharias, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-8454, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2020 budget of $8.3 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.