Goal 1: Outreach
Goal 1: Connect partner expertise to establish a dynamic STEM learning infrastructure
Hughes High School - OSLN/Race to the Top
The Center works closely with Hughes STEM High School on the development of their programs and recently the creation of STEMpaks, which are electronic instructional modules that can be shared with teachers in other schools and districts in Ohio to learn about different aspects of STEM teaching and learning. These activities are funded through subcontracts from OSLN as a distribution of Ohio Race to the Top funds.
Taft STEM Elementary
Taft STEM elementary is beginning its fifth year. UC has provided support since its inception. Enrollment has reached a building capacity of 400 students for grades K-6, up from 280 for grades K-8 just before splitting off grades 7 and 8 to Hughes a year ago. The school continues to garner community support. Current efforts include strengthening the science and math curricula and developing authentic STEM modules.
The STEM Innovation Collaborative is currently being funded by P&G through STRIVE, jointly directed by Kathie Maynard (UC) and Steve Geresy (HCESC). This local effort has grown out of the White House "Change the Equation" national effort to impact STEM education. Locally a number of businesses and industries, informal science education institutions, and school districts are banding together to support STEM education in the tri-state region, including career exploration.
Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching fellows/Noyce Scholars
An explicit goal of the UC Woodrow Wilson program is to develop and promote the deep expertise of Science and Mathematics teachers in the region. The grant has funded 4 current or newly retired teachers to serve as formal teacher educators for pre-service teachers in these areas. These expert teachers have taught on the UC campus or in their high school classrooms.
MSP: Cincinnati Engineering Education for Mathematics and Science (CEEMS)
The CEEMS program works most closely with its in 17 partner school districts in Southwestern. However, the program also includes an annual academy for administrators to learn about STEM education with a specific focus on engineering. Each year there is also a STEM conference where CEEMS participants present and share their learning units with other teachers in the region.
OMSP- Mt Healthy
The Ohio Math Science Partnership was a two year effort with all the science teachers grades 5-12 in the district, concluding in the spring of 2012. This PD effort focused on improving teacher science content knowledge and instructional approaches, resulting in increases in state science test scores: 5th grade OAA an increase of 15 percentage points, 8th grade OAA an increase of 6 points, high school OGT and increase of 10 points.
The retention of STEM majors is a major concern for the university. We are working closely with multiple faculty in the College of Arts & Science to help address this issue. Our work involves meeting regularly with faculty in both physics and biology to discuss topics around best teaching practices and effective instruction and assessment. This also involves the creation of the Learning Assistant (LA) program modeled from that at CU-Boulder. LAs are STEM majors who have done well in their introductory majors courses and have an interest in teaching. They enroll in a pedagogy seminar course and as part of their coursework they assist faculty in the introductory courses to promote more active learning pedagogies.