- Year 2017
- NSF Noyce Award # 1540699
- First Name Dorene
- Last Name Huvaere
- Discipline Other: College of Education
Ray Klump, Lewis University, KlumpRa@lewisu.edu,
Jerry Kavouras, Lewis University, KavourJe@lewisu.edu
Pamela Pritchard, Lewis University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorene Huvaere, Lewis University, HuvaerDo@lewisu.edu
This project will differentiate and identify the needs of diverse students in an effort to gain a deeper understanding of their learning needs. Solid research validates that the promotion of student engagement and motivation, assessing readiness, effective responses to learning, and demonstration of independent learning yields positive results across a broad range of diverse learners (Allan& Tomlinson, 2000; Ellis & Worth, 1994; Vygotsky, 1978).
Learning outcomes: participants will build on their current knowledge of teaching to a diverse population by focusing on how to: promote higher-level thinking, application, and deeper learning of math and science; target and inform parents and the community on the advantages of STEM learning.
Activities: provide time for the implementation of the workshop objectives through: think-pair-share and determining a specific math/science project they could structure for their diverse students.
The workshop will center on three focus areas:
– Facilitators will lead presentation in whole group instruction (20 mins.);
– Participants will explore and collaborate on objectives to complete a performance task in similar disciplines to determine how to integrate an instructional plan for their diverse learners (20 mins.);
– Participants will present their Action Plan for possible implementation to their diverse students.
Participants will complete two performance tasks. These tasks are often used to challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to real world issues. Additionally, teachers and administrators can assess students’ ability in an effort to build on their knowledge for college readiness.
Participants will also look at and incorporate into their own plans how to bring in parents and expose them to STEM application.
The overarching goals of the workshop are to provide participants with a working knowledge of teaching STEM to students from low socioeconomic backgrounds by providing them with a framework based on theoretical, practical, and positive change. Each participant will create a specific plan for teaching targeted skills.