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Thanks again to everyone who registered to join us on Thursday, October 24th for the upcoming  STEM Education Dinner Symposium for Illinois School Leaders. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the SOLD OUT event! Here’s how the symposium is shaping up so far–

What to Expect: The night will feature engaging sessions on implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the new Next Generation Science Standards, and ways to organize schools and districts to best take advantage of state and national resources designed to support these initiatives. Check out our agenda:

5:00 PM    Symposium Doors Open

5:30 PM    Welcome Remarks

Michael Lach, C-STEMEC

Gudelia Lopez, The Chicago Community Trust

Paul Ritter, Illinois Science Teachers Association

Robyn Grange, 1st Congressional District of Illinois

6:00 PM    Group Discussion: STEM Education in Your Schools and Institutions

6:15 PM     Presentations

Introduction–Michael Lach, Director of STEM and Strategic Initiatives, University of Chicago

Putting It All Together: Supporting PK-12 STEM Education in Illinois
Rachel Shefner, Associate Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, Loyola University

Getting Serious About Implementing Common Core Mathematics
Martin Gartzman, Executive Director of the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education, University of Chicago

Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards: Hallmarks of a Fully Realized School System
Wendy Jackson, Director of the DePaul/CPS Math & Science Partnership, DePaul University

7:00 PM    Group Discussion: Action Plan for Supporting STEM Education

7:15 PM    Summary Remarks

8:00 PM   Raffle Giveaway

Over $10,000 in Raffle Prizes: Our friends at Lab Aids, Delta and Frey will be on hand to give away over $10,000 in raffle prizes to anyone attending the event. Among the prizes will be a number of items and services tailored for educators, including complete SEPUP and FOSS modules, lab equipment, and more! You can also enter to win a tailored C-STEMEC PD session for your school or small district around the NGSS or Math for STEM Learning!

Special Offer for ISTA’s IL Science Education Conference (ISEC13) Attendees: Science teachers who accompany an administrator, principal, or school board member from their school or district will receive a $50 credit on registration for the IL Science Education Conference, which starts that same evening and runs through the afternoon of Saturday, October 26. This offer is limited to one reimbursement per school for the first 100 teachers who register with their administrator, principal, or school board member. Both attendees must register online in advance. The credit will be issued at the end of this symposium as a $50 check reimbursement to whomever paid the science teachers’ ISEC13 conference registration.

Access to ISEC13 Conference Exhibit Hall: Following dinner presentations and panel discussions, symposium attendees will receive access to the ISEC13 exhibit hall. The conference will showcase over 65 visiting science education organizations and vendors available to answer questions and provide information about their missions.

Date: October 24, 2013, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Tinley Park Convention Center, South Pavilion Room, Tinley Park, IL

Audience: school administrators, policy leaders, and education reformers

Cost: free

Parking: free parking is available outside the south entry of the Tinley Park Convention Center. Click here to see a property diagram of the convention center.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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We’ve compiled our C-STEMEC October Newsletter for your viewing pleasure. Featuring items we’ve continued to highlight over the last few weeks, the newsletter gives updates about our events, efforts and discussions around areas such as Common Core Math Standards, NGSS, and Computer Science Education.

Click here to read the newsletter!

 

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Researchers affiliated with C-STEMEC partner organizations CEMSE and UEI at the University of Chicago have released the final products from Building An Operating System For Computer Science Education, a collaborative research and communication effort to establish a more comprehensive understanding of our nation’s current high school computer science (CS) teaching population, the support they have, and contexts in which they teach. The University of Chicago’s Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education (CEMSE) and Urban Education Institute (UEI) worked with a partnership established by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) that includes the National Science Foundation (NSF), Google, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), Microsoft, and the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) to provide a wide range of information and guidance that would inform and shape CS education efforts.

The OS4CS project has five components. The first, the PD Landscape Study, focuses on describing the current landscape of professional development available to high school CS teachers. This study provides information about who, when, and where professional development is happening, what that professional development entails, and who is participating in it. The second, the Teacher Capacity Study, complements the PD Landscape Study by providing information about the CS teacher population that might participate in professional development. The Teacher Capacity Study describes CS teachers — who they are, where they are, how they teach, and the conditions that affect their teaching. A third component of the project, CS in Schools complements the first two by providing an in-depth description of CS education in schools using the voices of teachers and their school administrators.

This project is the first of its kind in the United States to examine CS teacher needs, the contexts and conditions under which they work, and the resources available to them. Even with this information, those wishing to support future growth of CS education may not fully know where to begin. Recognition of this need was behind the other two components of the project – Stories from the Field and the PD Design Studios. Stories from the Field offers four different examples of how advocates for CS education have made progress in their communities. The Design Studio was a face-to-face workshop conducted with PD providers to examine the findings from the Landscape Study and use them to improve existing PD offerings for CS teachers.

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C-STEMEC is always seeking to improve what we do. One way we do this is by evaluating and reflecting on our work, recognizing that there are often multiple perspectives. Below is the link to a report capturing some of the feedback we received about our first Policy Forum event.

Key findings include:

  1. Very satisfied attendees. Overall, attendees were very pleased with the event with over 85% of survey respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing with positive statements about the event. Please see the Attendee Satisfaction section of the survey for more details.
  2. An audience of practitioners. The largest group (40.3%) of event attendees was university staff and the second largest group (26.9%) were classroom teachers. These classroom teachers tended to be (58%) responsible for math teaching in the middle grades (6-8).
  3. Better sound, more time. Many respondents indicated that the sound quality in the room was less than ideal, and many wanted more opportunities to interact with panel members.
  4. Helpful content. The vast majority of respondents had very positive feelings about the content of the presentations and several particularly noted the paper presented by Dr. Gregory Larnell concerning the social dimensions of struggling math learners and how structures encourage/discourage students. Many others noted that they thought the recommendations for implementing the Common Core were practical and should be implemented.

 

Event 1 Evaluation Brief

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C-STEMEC is now spreading the word about our efforts using social media.
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We’re doing our part to continue and expand the online conversation about STEM policy and education. Stay tuned in the future for updates on news, insights, publications, events, and more.

 

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The state of Illinois is moving forward with the Next Generation Science Standards. At the ISBE board meeting this week, the first step in adoption took place, moving the standards into the 45 day review period. From the summary of action:

Illinois is realigning the state’s educational system around college and career readiness.  To this end, the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will provide standards for kindergarten and grades 1 through 12…

Full details are available in the complete text of the rule making, and public comment is due by November 18, 2013.

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C-STEMEC partners were featured at the U. S. Department of Education’s annual Math-Science Partnership conference this week in Washington, DC. The C-STEMEC publication Getting Serious About Implementing CCSS-M in Illinois was distributed to all conference attendees.

After the keynote, C-STEMEC partners Lynn Narasimhan, Mary Jo Tavormina along with Diane Briars of NCTM and Karen King of NSF led a 90 minute professional development session for attendees to learn about focusing mathematics professional development on instructional practice.

Download the slides from this professional development session below.

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Over the last 18 months, C-STEMEC partner the University of Chicago’s Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education (CEMSE) with the Urban Education Institute has carried out national study of the computer science education community-including professional development providers, teachers, administrators and other stakeholders-to inform the growth and spread of high school computer science education in the United States.

Join us for a special conversation to review final results, learn more, ask questions, and share your thoughts about the future of computer science education on Wednesday, September 25th at 3:00 PM central time.

To register, please visit https://computerscienceed.eventbrite.com.
For more information about the study, please visit http://cemse.uchicago.edu/computerscience/OS4CS/.

pdf-logoDownload our new one-sheet: Building an Operating System for Computer Science Education.

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C-STEMEC partners were featured at the U. S. Department of Education’s annual Math-Science Partnership conference this week in Washington, DC. The C-STEMEC publication Getting Serious About Implementing CCSS-M in Illinois was distributed to all conference attendees and the focus on a keynote presentation by Michael Lach with Diane Briars of NCTM and Stephen Pruitt of Achieve, Inc. and a follow-up professional development session led by Lynn Narasimhan, Mary Jo Tavormina, and Michael Lach.

pdf-logo Download the Keynote Slides

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Eventbrite - STEM Education Dinner Symposium for Illinois School Leaders

On the evening of Thursday, October 24, the Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA), and the Chicago STEM Education Consortium (C-STEMEC) will host a special free Dinner Symposium for school and district administrators, policy leaders, and education reformers about STEM education. The event will feature engaging sessions on implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the new Next Generation Science Standards, and ways to organize schools and districts to best take advantage of state and national resources designed to support these initiatives. Registration is open to all school and district leaders in Illinois, and symposium attendees will receive access to the ISTA’s IL Science Education Conference (ISEC) exhibit hall. Register Now: https://stemforiladmins.eventbrite.com

Special Offer for ISEC13 Conference Attendees: Science teachers who accompany an administrator, principal, or school board member from their school or district will receive a $50 credit on registration for the IL Science Education Conference, which starts that same evening and runs through the afternoon of Saturday, October 26. This offer is limited to one reimbursement per school for the first 100 teachers who register with their administrator, principal, or school board member. Both attendees must register online in advance. The credit will be issued at the end of this symposium as a $50 check reimbursement to whomever paid the science teachers’ ISEC13 conference registration.

Date: October 24, 2013, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, IL
Audience: school administrators, policy leaders, and education reformers
Cost: free, but pre-registration is required
Registration: Online at https://stemforiladmins.eventbrite.comNote–Those who will be attending the ISEC13 Conference must also register separately at http://www.ista-il.org/conference.htm.

Additional details will be forthcoming. Sign up now—space is limited.

Eventbrite - STEM Education Dinner Symposium for Illinois School Leaders

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