2012 CETE STEM Teacher Preparation Conference

Bryn Mawr College - May 30 to June 1, 2012

Building a network for excellence in STEM teacher education at liberal arts institutions: Doing together what we cannot do alone.

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Our keynote speakers: Dr. John Ewing, Math for America andJohn Ewing

Dr. Maria Rivera-Maulucci, Barnard College

Maria Rivera-Maulucci

Join Liberal Arts Institutions from around the country in:

 

  • Examining the challenges in our liberal arts environment of recruiting, preparing and supporting our math and science students as they go into STEM teaching

 

  • Share innovative ways that individual institutions have found to address these challenges

 

  • Look for ways that by working together, and sharing resources, we can jointly develop programs and initiatives that will strengthen all of our STEM teacher preparation programs

 

  • Start building a national network of STEM teacher preparation programs at liberal arts institutions to implement and participate in these initiatives

 

 

The United States is making a concerted effort to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and having a high quality teacher workforce is a key focus of these efforts. Liberal arts institutions, with their small education programs, prepare a relatively few STEM teachers, but the teachers we do prepare have strong content knowledge, tend to take on leadership roles in their schools, and have the potential to make a disproportionately large impact on the schools in which they teach.


As an outgrowth of the conference, we anticipate forming several working groups that will work to implement selected recommendations of the conference. In summer 2013, we plan to hold a follow up conference  to report on progress made and assess next steps to which a wider pool of liberal arts institutions will be invited
 
More information on the goals of and logic for the conference, are contained
in the grant proposal to NSF, which is funding the conference. 
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Blog information

One of our goals for this conference is to look for ways that by working together, and sharing resources, we can jointly develop programs and initiatives that will strengthen all of our STEM teacher preparation programs.  To this end, we have created a blog where we can start to build a national network of STEM teacher preparation programs at liberal arts institutions.  

Please make sure to go to http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/cete/participants/form and enter your bio and institutional information so that others might get to know you.  We encourage everyone to click on the Bios link on the homepage (http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/CETE) and read all about your colleagues who are attending the conference.  We hope this will help facilitate our networking session on Thursday evening.

 

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