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Title: STEM: National Goals, Local Realities and A Time to Set MSU Goals


1
STEM National Goals, Local Realities and A Time
to Set MSU Goals
  • Tammy Jahnke, Dean
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Missouri State University

2
STEM
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics

3
National Goals
  • Ensure coherence in STEM learning
  • Ensure an adequate supply of well-prepared and
    highly effective STEM teachers
  • Provide opportunities for excellence
  • Cast a wide net
  • Foster a supportive ecosystem

4
Key Conclusions
  • To improve STEM education, we must focus on both
    preparation and inspiration.
  • The federal government has historically lacked a
    coherent strategy and sufficient leadership
    capacity for K-12 STEM education.

5
Where do these recommendations and conclusions
come from?
  • National Science Board
  • Presidents Council of Advisors on Science and
    Technology (PCAST)
  • White House Office of Science and Technology
    Policy (OSTP)

6
National Science Board
  • Established in 1950
  • Two Roles
  • Establishes policies of NSF
  • Identifies issues critical to NSFs future
  • Approves NSFs strategic budget directions and
    annual budget submission
  • Approves new programs and awards
  • Serves as independent body of advisors to
    President and Congress
  • 25 Members appointed by the President and
    confirmed by the Senate. The NSF Director is an
    ex officio member.

7
Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Established in 1976
  • OSTP mission
  • To provide the President and his senior staff
    with accurate, relevant, and timely scientific
    and technical advice on all matters of
    consequence
  • To ensure that the policies of the Executive
    Branch are informed by sound science
  • To ensure that the scientific and technical work
    of the Executive Branch is properly coordinated
    so as to provide the greatest benefit to society.

8
September 2010Report to the PresidentPrepare
and Inspire K-12 Education in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for
Americas Future
  • Prepared by the Presidents Council of Advisors
    on Science and Technology (PCAST).
  • Administered by the White House Office of Science
    and Technology Policy (OSTP).
  • Co-Chairs John P. Holdren, Eric Lander, Harold
    Varmus
  • Purpose of Report to translate these ideas
    into a coherent program of Federal action to
    support STEM education in the United States that
    responds to current opportunities.

9
Professional Organizations
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Physics Society (APS)
  • American Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • American Society of Mammologists (ASM)
  • American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
  • Geological Society of America (GSA)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • American Association for the Advancement of
    Science (AAAS)

10
State of Missouri
  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary
    Education Missouri DESE
  • Missouri Department of Higher Education MDHE
  • Program Review Summary Report
  • Recommendations and conclusions
  • 1. Improve the productivity of high-priority
    programs.
  • Many of the programs that fell below the
    productivity thresholds were in fields designated
    as state priorities STEM (science, technology,
    engineering and mathematics), foreign language
    and teacher education. (See Table 1.3) The MDHE
    agreed with the institutions justifications for
    retaining programs in these key areas as an
    investment in the states future growth and
    development. As such, efforts must continue to
    strengthen these programs and develop appropriate
    and effective means of improving their
    productivity.
  • 8. Conduct follow-up reviews in three years.
  • Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition

11
National Science Board
  • 2007 Report - A National Action Plan for
    Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S.
    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    Education System
  • 2010 Report - Preparing the Next Generation of
    STEM Innovators Indentifying and Developing our
    Nations Human Capital

12
2007 - A National Action Plan for Addressing the
Critical Needs of the U.S. Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics Education System
  • The Board believes that the Nation is failing to
    meet the STEM education needs of U.S. students,
    with serious implications for our scientific and
    engineering workforce in the 21st century.
    Addressing this issue is absolutely essential for
    the continued economic success of the Nation and
    its national security. All American citizens must
    have the basic scientific, technological, and
    mathematical knowledge to make informed personal
    choices, to be educated voters, and to thrive in
    the increasingly technological global
    marketplace.

13
2007 Report
  • The Nation faces two central challenges to
    constructing a strong, coordinated STEM education
    system
  • Ensuring coherence in STEM learning, and
  • Ensuring an adequate supply of well-prepared and
    highly effective STEM teachers.
  • Therefore, the Board makes the following two
    priority recommendations to the Nation. First,
    ensure coherence in the Nations STEM education
    system, and second, ensure that students are
    taught by well-prepared and highly effective
    teachers.

14
2010 Report
  • Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators
    Indentifying and Developing our Nations Human
    Capital
  • STEM innovators are defined in the report as
    those individuals who have developed the
    expertise to become leading STEM professionals
    and perhaps the creators of significant
    breakthroughs or advances in scientific or
    technological understanding.
  • Key Recommendations -
  • Provide opportunities for excellence.
  • Cast a wide net.
  • Foster a supportive ecosystem.

15
September 2010Report to the PresidentPrepare
and Inspire K-12 Education in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for
Americas Future
  • Key Conclusions
  • To improve STEM education, we must focus on both
    preparation and inspiration.
  • The federal government has historically lacked a
    coherent strategy and sufficient leadership
    capacity for K-12 STEM education.

16
September 2010 Report
  • Key Recommendations
  • Standards Support the current state-led
    movement for shared standards in math and
    science.
  • Teachers Recruit and train 100,000 great STEM
    teachers over the next decade who are able to
    prepare and inspire students.
  • Teachers Recognize and reward the top 5 percent
    of the nations STEM teachers, by creating a STEM
    master teachers corps.

17
September 2010 Report
  • More Key Recommendations
  • Educational Technology Use technology to drive
    innovation, by creating an advanced research
    projects agency for education.
  • Students Create opportunities for inspiration
    through individual and group experiences outside
    the classroom.
  • Schools Create 1,000 new STEM-focused schools
    over the next decade.
  • Ensure strong and strategic national leadership.

18
STEM Education Coalition
  • The Science, Technology, Engineering, and
    Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition works to
    support STEM programs for teachers and students
    at the U. S. Department of Education, the
    National Science Foundation, and other agencies
    that offer STEM related programs.

19
America COMPETES Act
  • White House Blog January 2011
  • Signed by President Bush August 9, 2007 and
    reauthorized in January 2011 by President Obama
  • Funds NSF, NIST, OSTP and STEM education at NASA
    and NOAA through 2013

20
Initial Thoughts
  • General Education Program Natural World and
    Mathematics requirements
  • The importance of science and math in our general
    education curriculum.
  • All American citizens must have the basic
    scientific, technological, and mathematical
    knowledge to make informed personal choices, to
    be educated voters, and to thrive in the
    increasingly technological global marketplace.
    NSB 2007 Report
  • Teacher Education Programs
  • The importance of our science and math education
    programs.

21
Continued thoughts
  • Science and mathematics majors (BS and MS
    programs)
  • The innovators of the future.
  • Outreach Activities to Inspire new Innovators
  • K-12 Student Opportunities
  • Regional Science Olympiad and Science Fair
  • Pummill Relays
  • State Mathematics Competitions (MSU hosts
    Middle/Elementary)
  • JETS competition
  • Missouri State opportunities
  • Undergraduate Research Including presentations
    at conferences
  • Programming Competitions
  • Problem Solving Group in Mathematics (results
    have been published)

22
Alignment of GoalsCoherence of STEM Education
  • Curriculum Alignment Initiative
  • CNAS Faculty served on state-wide committees to
    set learning outcomes for incoming science and
    mathematics courses at colleges and universities.
    These state-wide committees began to articulate
    learning outcomes for these college courses.
  • Missouri State University Dual Credit Program
  • Common finals, syllabi and textbooks approved
    annually, course instructor credentials reviewed
  • Discipline/Program
  • Discipline specific nationally normed exams are
    used for some courses.
  • MFAT exams and other nationally normed program
    exams

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Alignment of GoalsWell-prepared and highly
effective STEM teachers
  • Secondary Education Programs in mathematics and
    science (categorical and unified science)
  • Evidence of Excellence
  • Mathematics SPA report accepted by NCTM. DESE
    reports now in progress.
  • Professional Development for current math
    teachers through funded projects (Campbell,
    Plymate, Killion PIs)
  • Faculty stay in touch with teachers through math
    competitions and other informal mentoring.
  • Science DESE report in progress.
  • Professional Development for current science
    teachers chemistry and physics now offering
    programs.
  • Faculty stay in touch with teachers through
    science competitions and other informal
    mentoring.

25
CNAS Education Graduates
Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Biology BSED 3 7 9 7 7 8
Chemistry BSED 4 3 2 2 2 2
Earth Science BSED 0 6 1 0 0 2
Physics BSED 0 0 1 2 1 0
Mathematics BSED 5 14 7 9 8 18
130 BSED graduates from 2005-2010. 19 Total MSED
graduates from 2005-2010. Some MS students choose
the MNAS degree or discipline specific degrees
rather than the MSED.
26
Alignment of GoalsGeneral Education
ProgramImportance of Science and Mathematics
  • Course Transformation Projects in CNAS
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Geography
  • Honors sections of general education science
    courses.

27
Alignment of GoalsInnovators of the Future
  • Recruitment
  • April 16 Showcase Event
  • CNAS Public Science Lecture Series
  • Hosting K-12 science and mathematics competitions
  • Department specific recruiting efforts
  • Retention
  • Concern for students student success, academic
    advising
  • Opportunities for Excellence
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Internships
  • Service Learning

28
Regional Science Olympiad
Year of middle school teams of high school teams
2011 30 24
2010 30 28
2009 26 21
2008 30 23
We host one of the largest regional Science
Olympiad competitions. This year we were able to
send five middle school teams and five high
school teams on to the state competition which
will be held in April.
29
Alignment of GoalsInnovators of the Future
  • High Quality Enrichment Activities for HS
    students
  • Missouri Innovation Academy
  • SPS Summer school JVIC/CNAS partnership
  • Physics Department has recruited six HS students
    to work in research labs.
  • CNAS faculty have helped to mentor Science Fair
    projects.
  • CNAS Public Lecture Series

30
Alignment of GoalsPublic Affairs Intensive
Experiences
  • Missouri State University students in CNAS have
    the opportunity to actively participate in the
    following
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Internships
  • Service Learning
  • Problem Solving Groups
  • Regional/National/International Competitions

31
Undergraduate Research
  • Typically 100 undergraduate students/year are
    involved in undergraduate research projects in
    CNAS
  • Recent data indicates that 10 of these students
    will have their name listed on a peer-reviewed
    publication and 30 of these students will
    present their research at a professional
    conference
  • We are currently collecting more detailed data on
    undergraduate research and internships.

32
Building Excellence
  • Coherence of STEM education
  • STEM Teacher Education Programs
  • General Education Science and Mathematics for
    the masses
  • Outreach
  • High Quality Activities
  • Cast a wide net
  • Foster a supportive ecosystem

33
Building Excellence
  • What would you add to the list?
  • What would you take away from the list?
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