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Wrap Up of Iowa STEM Evaluation Grant
IN THIS ISSUE Wrap Up of Iowa STEM Evaluation Grant Teachers "...take the flavor of work back to their students" through Externships Nothing Compares to STEM Day at the Fair Small, Yet Mighty: The STEM Council Student Staff
UPCOMING EVENTS September 15, 2017 - 5 p.m. STEM BEST Proposals Due More Information
Iowa's Statewide STEM Initiative Model B lueprint ( Figure 7 in K emis, M., Polush, E., G illon, K ., & Lopez, A.L. ( 2017) . Iowa Statewide STEM InitiativeProcess Evaluation. Ames, IA: Iowa State University, R esearch Institute for Studies in Education.)
October 6, 2017 - 5 p.m. I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award Nominations Due More Information VIEW MORE
In 2013 an Iowa research consortium landed a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the state's unfolding statewide STEM initiative in order to derive lessons for other states and regions. Best practice in evaluating systemic STEM was the over-arching goal of this first-of-its-kind award from the NSF. The "Iowa STEM Education Evaluation (I-SEE) project had several key components: 1) A process evaluation that examined what we do, how and by whom; 2) A webbased data portal for collecting artifacts and evidence; 3) A survey of adult Iowans regarding what's perceived to be important; 4) Asset identification, or a STEM inventory; and 5) A meta-evaluation, or a study of the study itself, for logic and validity. The history and progress of Iowa STEM was systematically dissected. Documents, records and protocols were exhaustively scrutinized. Stakeholders were widely and meticulously interviewed. Resources were painstakingly catalogued. And now, so many findings, observations and results make up a major report of lessons learned in Iowa. Not only has Iowa's progress been dramatically enhanced as a result of on-going feedback from the research team, but many beyond
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the state stand to benefit from the work as well. Iowans owe a debt of gratitude, indeed STEM leaders across the U.S. owe thanks, to the researchers who undertook this study: Dr. Erin Heiden, project manager at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR), Mari Kemis, director of Iowa State University's Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE), and Dr. Don Yarbrough, former director and founder of the University of Iowa's Center for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA). The team's complete findings will be integrated into the STEM Council's annual evaluation report to be presented at the Governor's weekly press conference on October 2, 2017, on the morning of the next meeting of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. For more information about the I-SEE project or the upcoming presentation e-mail [email protected]
I-SEE was funded by the National Science Foundation Mathematics and Science Partnership grant program, number DRL-1238211.
Teachers "...take the flavor of work back to their students" through Externships
N early 400 educators have spent their summers in business, industry, and other workplaces sprinkled across Iowa through the Externships program of the G overnor's STEM Advisory C ouncil.
Zoom in for a close-up look at Externships of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and you will find a mathematics teacher committing six summer weeks to learn data analytics with the Intelligent Solutions Group at John Deere's Urbandale facility. A skill set coined "the new competitive differentiator," data analytics "...has clearly moved from being an optional operational element to serving as the core of corporate activities" according to a recent Forbes magazine article. This fall, a middle school algebra class in Cedar Rapids will try out data analytics as their teacher brings the n