Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a conference for girls in middle school. This day-long event will include hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). At the conference, girls will have an opportunity to meet STEM role models and learn more about careers in those fields. The ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st Century challenges.
This month we will focus on sharing campus opportunities and selecting topics for the reminder of the year's meetings. Participants should share 1-3 research based ideas that you feel are central to teaching and learning in your area of STEM.
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold a public Future Ready Iowa roundtable to launch a statewide conversation about how to close the workforce skills gap. Strengthening Iowa’s talent pipeline will help assure students and workers have the career opportunities they deserve, and that business and industry have the skilled employees they need to compete in a knowledge-based economy.
Roundtable participants for the discussion, which will be led by a moderator, include the governor and lt. governor, business, labor, nonprofit and education leaders, and high school and college students. Audience questions and comments will take up the last 10 to 15 minutes of the hour.
"Grading Matters at Least One Order of Magnitude More Than You Think it Does" will be presented by Shawn Cornally, a math and science teacher in rural Iowa. He daily fears that his students are bored and that it's his fault. He believes in lessons that teach themselves and grades that only reflect learning. This event is open to all future and current teachers, esecially those in STEM-based fields, and to anyone interested in standard-based grading.
Participants can also watch and post questions online at http://univnia.adobeconnect.com/noyce
Jeff Weld, executive director of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, will update the university community on the progress of the Council's efforts to move STEM (science, technology engineering & mathematics) education and innovation forward within the state. A question and answer time will follow the presentation. Free; refreshments served.
Information about upcoming activities of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council will be provided. Discussion will include regional STEM networks for Iowa, scale-up of exemplary programs and action planning on seven priorities (including teacher recruitment, public awareness, STEM pipeline diversity and public-private partnerships). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cookies and coffee provided.
Fair is Not Equal - Honoring Diversity and Equity in Today's Mathematics & Science Classroom is the first Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program-sponsored webinar. Attendees can join the discussion as part of the live audience or can watch and post questions online at http://univnia.adobeconnect.com/noyce/. Web panelists will be Catherine M. Miller, dept. of mathematics; Nicole Skaar, dept. of educational psychology & foundations; and Mark Grey, director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration. This is the first of three webinars to be offered during the 2011-12 school year. Two more webinars will be hosted by the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University during the spring semester. For more information regarding the Noyce seminars, contact Jennifer Crumly at email@example.com.
If STEM education interests you, please come join our "Chow 'n Chat" for an update on the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and IMSEP, followed by conversation. Bring your own lunch. For more information contact Tonja Richards, 3-2716, or firstname.lastname@example.org