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Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) — Advancing what works in STEM education

STEM Leadership Development

About the Programs

PKAL Summer Leadership Institute (SLI)

The PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes are designed for both early- and mid-career STEM faculty engaged in leading projects aimed at transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions. Each Institute exposes STEM faculty to the theories and practices required for them to act as agents of change in their home institutions and/or professional societies. Over 40 percent of Institute alumni currently hold positions of leadership on their home campuses. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Summer Leadership Institute, download our PDF brochure here.

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The PKAL Leadership Initiative (LI)
From 2004-2007, Project Kaleidoscope collaborated with a select group of campuses around the country in an NSF-funded leadership development initiative. The intent was to nurture campus-based leadership teams tackling the interesting and challenging work of building and sustaining robust STEM learning environments for undergraduate students. This leadership initiative (LI) wove together issues relating to setting a vision that reflects institutional mission and circumstances, issues relating to the politics and processes of change, and issues relating to personal leadership—for faculty and administrators. Other threads woven through this tapestry of institutional change captured issues relating to the what, how, why and where of student learning.

Leaders on PKAL LI campuses worked through a process of articulating an institutional vision, shaping goals and strategies to realize that vision, and outlining specific activities through which those strategies will be implemented. A collective effort within the LI community was the sharing of approaches to overcoming systemic barriers to institutional transformation.