Pre-Conference Workshops

Separate registration and fee required ($100 members; $150 non-members); seating will be limited, so register early.

Thursday, November 12, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Workshop 1:  Committing to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence:  Transformational Cultural Change for Student Success in STEM
Committing to equity and diversity in STEM requires the creation of Inclusive Excellence goals that are campus-wide, valued, and assessed. The process is a long-term endeavor with the end goal of creating a culture that makes equity, diversity, and inclusiveness habits practiced throughout all aspects of the institution with emphasis on supporting and engaging faculty and all campus practitioners.  Participants will gain a greater understanding of institutional change related to diversity and equity in STEM, as well as a blueprint for Making Excellence Inclusive.
Jesús Treviño, Associate Vice President for Diversity—University of South Dakota; and Tia McNair, Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success—AAC&U  

Workshop 2:  Improving the Climate for a Diverse STEM Faculty
This workshop will share institutional family-life-work policies and strategies that attract and support a diverse workforce.   Examples from large research institutions as well as within a network of 28 predominantly undergraduate institutions will provide case studies and evidence of what works.  Deans, administrators, and faculty leaders committed to improving the climate for a diverse faculty—with a focus on those historically underserved—are invited to consider how they might be adapted to their own campuses.
Donna Dean, Advisory Board Member, Center for Advancing Science and Engineering Capacity—American Association for the Advancement of Science; and Janice Voltzow, Co-Principal Investigator of NSF-funded ASAP ADVANCE , and Professor of Biology—University of Scranton 

Workshop 3:  Quantitative Reasoning Supporting STEM Success:  Changing your Campus Culture and Curriculum
Participants will be introduced to Quantitative Reasoning (QR) and discuss the creation of QR Centers and curriculum to support STEM students and faculty.  The algebra dominated curriculum of developmental math is being questioned and QR courses and programs are replacing it. Workshop leaders will discuss creating and running a QR program that scaffolds STEM curriculum and changes the campus culture toward meaningful engagement with mathematics.  Participants will engage in concrete QR activities.
Eric Gaze, Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Program—Bowdoin College, and President—National Numeracy Network; and Margot Black, Director of the Symbolic and Quantitative Resource Center—Lewis & Clark College

Workshop 4:  Transforming Institutions:  21st-Century Undergraduate STEM Education
Higher education is increasingly challenged to prepare students for life and work in the 21st-Century, particularly careers in STEM.  Emerging models for transformation utilize best practices from diverse fields.  This workshop will summarize the current state of higher education STEM reform efforts and engage the audience in suggesting next steps in the path toward transformation.
James Lehman, Director, and Wilella Burgess, Managing Director—both of the Discovery Learning Research Center, Purdue University; and Gabriela Weaver, Vice Provost for Faculty Development, and Linda Slakey, Professor Emeritus, and former Dean of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics —both of University of Massachusetts–Amherst

Workshop 5:  Pre-Service STEM Teacher Education
Traditional, lecture-style STEM teaching has been shown to diminish student learning outcomes, retention, and interest in STEM fields. This potentially poses a major threat to US global preeminence in science and technology. Critical to addressing the need for better STEM teaching practices is the development of K–12 teachers who are competitively trained in STEM disciplines, culturally responsive, and liberally educated teachers.  This pre-conference workshop will explore a next generation (2030) vision for K-12 STEM teacher preparation based on work currently being done in Washington State. Participants will have the opportunity to examine how collaboration and leveraging of existing resources within and between institutions can support systemic changes in STEM teacher preparation that benefit all students and support K-12 schools in the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and Language Arts.
Ed Geary, Director of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education—Western Washington University; Stamatis Vokos, Professor of Physics—Seattle Pacific University; Anne Egger, Assistant Professor of Geology and Science Education—Central Washington University; Sara Julin, Senior Physics Instructor—Whatcom Community College; and Paul Kuerbis, Professor of Education Emeritus, Colorado College