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Stem national goals local realities and a time to set msu goals

STEM: National Goals, Local Realities and A Time to Set MSU Goals

Tammy Jahnke, Dean

College of Natural and Applied Sciences

Missouri State University


STEM Goals

  • Science

  • Technology

  • Engineering

  • Mathematics


National goals
National Goals Goals

  • Ensure coherence in STEM learning

  • Ensure an adequate supply of well-prepared and highly effective STEM teachers

  • Provide opportunities for excellence

  • Cast a wide net

  • Foster a supportive ecosystem


Key conclusions
Key Conclusions Goals

  • To improve STEM education, we must focus on both preparation and inspiration.

  • The federal government has historically lacked a coherent strategy and sufficient leadership capacity for K-12 STEM education.


Where do these recommendations and conclusions come from
Where do these recommendations and conclusions come from? Goals

  • National Science Board

  • President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

  • White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)


National science board
National Science Board Goals

  • Established in 1950

  • Two Roles

    • Establishes policies of NSF

      • Identifies issues critical to NSF’s future

      • Approves NSF’s strategic budget directions and annual budget submission

      • Approves new programs and awards

    • Serves as independent body of advisors to President and Congress

  • 25 Members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The NSF Director is an ex officio member.


Office of science and technology policy
Office of Science and Technology Policy Goals

  • Established in 1976

  • OSTP mission

    • To provide the President and his senior staff with accurate, relevant, and timely scientific and technical advice on all matters of consequence;

    • To ensure that the policies of the Executive Branch are informed by sound science;

    • To ensure that the scientific and technical work of the Executive Branch is properly coordinated so as to provide the greatest benefit to society.


September 2010 GoalsReport to the PresidentPrepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for America’s Future

  • Prepared by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

  • Administered by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

  • Co-Chairs – John P. Holdren, Eric Lander, Harold Varmus

  • Purpose of Report – “…to translate these ideas into a coherent program of Federal action to support STEM education in the United States that responds to current opportunities.”


Professional organizations
Professional Organizations Goals

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

  • American Physics Society (APS)

  • American Mathematical Society (AMS)

  • American Society of Mammologists (ASM)

  • American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB)

  • American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)

  • Geological Society of America (GSA)

  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


State of missouri
State of Missouri Goals

  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – Missouri DESE

  • Missouri Department of Higher Education – MDHE

    • Program Review Summary Report

      • Recommendations and conclusions

      • 1. Improve the productivity of high-priority programs.

        • Many of the programs that fell below the productivity thresholds were in fields designated as state priorities: STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), foreign language and teacher education. (See Table 1.3) The MDHE agreed with the institutions’ justifications for retaining programs in these key areas as an investment in the state’s future growth and development. As such, efforts must continue to strengthen these programs and develop appropriate and effective means of improving their productivity.

      • 8. Conduct follow-up reviews in three years.

  • Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition


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National Science Board Goals

  • 2007 Report - A National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education System

  • 2010 Report - Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators: Indentifying and Developing our Nation’s Human Capital


2007 - GoalsA National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education System

  • The Board believes that the Nation is failing to meet the STEM education needs of U.S. students, with serious implications for our scientific and engineering workforce in the 21st century. Addressing this issue is absolutely essential for the continued economic success of the Nation and its national security. All American citizens must have the basic scientific, technological, and mathematical knowledge to make informed personal choices, to be educated voters, and to thrive in the increasingly technological global marketplace.


2007 report
2007 Report Goals

  • The Nation faces two central challenges to constructing a strong, coordinated STEM education system:

    • Ensuring coherence in STEM learning, and

    • Ensuring an adequate supply of well-prepared and highly effective STEM teachers.

  • Therefore, the Board makes the following two priority recommendations to the Nation. First, ensure coherence in the Nation’s STEM education system, and second, ensure that students are taught by well-prepared and highly effective teachers.


2010 report
2010 Report Goals

  • Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators: Indentifying and Developing our Nation’s Human Capital

  • STEM “innovators” are defined in the report as those individuals who have developed the expertise to become leading STEM professionals and perhaps the creators of significant breakthroughs or advances in scientific or technological understanding.

  • Key Recommendations -

    • Provide opportunities for excellence.

    • Cast a wide net.

    • Foster a supportive ecosystem.


September 2010 GoalsReport to the PresidentPrepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for America’s Future

  • Key Conclusions

    • To improve STEM education, we must focus on both preparation and inspiration.

    • The federal government has historically lacked a coherent strategy and sufficient leadership capacity for K-12 STEM education.


September 2010 report
September 2010 Report Goals

  • Key Recommendations

    • Standards – Support the current state-led movement for shared standards in math and science.

    • Teachers – Recruit and train 100,000 great STEM teachers over the next decade who are able to prepare and inspire students.

    • Teachers – Recognize and reward the top 5 percent of the nation’s STEM teachers, by creating a STEM master teachers corps.


September 2010 report1
September 2010 Report Goals

  • More Key Recommendations

    • Educational Technology – Use technology to drive innovation, by creating an advanced research projects agency for education.

    • Students – Create opportunities for inspiration through individual and group experiences outside the classroom.

    • Schools – Create 1,000 new STEM-focused schools over the next decade.

    • Ensure strong and strategic national leadership.


Stem education coalition
STEM Education Coalition Goals

  • The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM related programs.


America competes act
America COMPETES Act Goals

  • White House Blog – January 2011

  • Signed by President Bush August 9, 2007 and reauthorized in January 2011 by President Obama

  • Funds NSF, NIST, OSTP and STEM education at NASA and NOAA through 2013


Initial thoughts
Initial Thoughts Goals

  • General Education Program – Natural World and Mathematics requirements

    • The importance of science and math in our general education curriculum.

    • “All American citizens must have the basic scientific, technological, and mathematical knowledge to make informed personal choices, to be educated voters, and to thrive in the increasingly technological global marketplace.” NSB 2007 Report

  • Teacher Education Programs

    • The importance of our science and math education programs.


Continued thoughts
Continued thoughts Goals

  • Science and mathematics majors (BS and MS programs)

    • The innovators of the future.

  • Outreach Activities to Inspire new Innovators

    • K-12 Student Opportunities

      • Regional Science Olympiad and Science Fair

      • Pummill Relays

      • State Mathematics Competitions (MSU hosts Middle/Elementary)

      • JETS competition

    • Missouri State opportunities

      • Undergraduate Research – Including presentations at conferences

      • Programming Competitions

      • Problem Solving Group in Mathematics (results have been published)


Alignment of goals coherence of stem education
Alignment of Goals GoalsCoherence of STEM Education

  • Curriculum Alignment Initiative

    • CNAS Faculty served on state-wide committees to set learning outcomes for incoming science and mathematics courses at colleges and universities. These state-wide committees began to articulate learning outcomes for these college courses.

  • Missouri State University Dual Credit Program

    • Common finals, syllabi and textbooks approved annually, course instructor credentials reviewed

  • Discipline/Program

    • Discipline specific nationally normed exams are used for some courses.

    • MFAT exams and other nationally normed program exams


  • Alignment of goals well prepared and highly effective stem teachers
    Alignment of Goals GoalsWell-prepared and highly effective STEM teachers

    • Secondary Education Programs in mathematics and science (categorical and unified science)

      • Evidence of Excellence

        • Mathematics – SPA report accepted by NCTM. DESE reports now in progress.

          • Professional Development for current math teachers through funded projects (Campbell, Plymate, Killion – PI’s)

          • Faculty stay in touch with teachers through math competitions and other informal mentoring.

        • Science – DESE report in progress.

          • Professional Development for current science teachers – chemistry and physics now offering programs.

          • Faculty stay in touch with teachers through science competitions and other informal mentoring.


    Cnas education graduates
    CNAS Education Graduates Goals

    130 BSED graduates from 2005-2010. 19 Total MSED graduates from 2005-2010.

    Some MS students choose the MNAS degree or discipline specific degrees rather than the MSED.


    Alignment of goals general education program importance of science and mathematics
    Alignment of Goals GoalsGeneral Education ProgramImportance of Science and Mathematics

    • Course Transformation Projects in CNAS

      • Mathematics

      • Biology

      • Chemistry

      • Computer Science

      • Physics

      • Astronomy

      • Geography

    • Honors sections of general education science courses.


    Alignment of goals innovators of the future
    Alignment of Goals GoalsInnovators of the Future

    • Recruitment

      • April 16 Showcase Event

      • CNAS Public Science Lecture Series

      • Hosting K-12 science and mathematics competitions

      • Department specific recruiting efforts

    • Retention

      • Concern for students – student success, academic advising

    • Opportunities for Excellence

      • Undergraduate Research

      • Internships

      • Service Learning


    Regional science olympiad
    Regional Science Olympiad Goals

    We host one of the largest regional Science Olympiad competitions. This year we were able to send five middle school teams and five high school teams on to the state competition which will be held in April.


    Alignment of goals innovators of the future1
    Alignment of Goals GoalsInnovators of the Future

    • High Quality Enrichment Activities for HS students

      • Missouri Innovation Academy

      • SPS Summer school – JVIC/CNAS – partnership

      • Physics Department has recruited six HS students to work in research labs.

      • CNAS faculty have helped to mentor Science Fair projects.

      • CNAS Public Lecture Series


    Alignment of goals public affairs intensive experiences
    Alignment of Goals GoalsPublic Affairs Intensive Experiences

    • Missouri State University students in CNAS have the opportunity to actively participate in the following:

      • Undergraduate Research

      • Internships

      • Service Learning

      • Problem Solving Groups

      • Regional/National/International Competitions


    Undergraduate research
    Undergraduate Research Goals

    • Typically 100 undergraduate students/year are involved in undergraduate research projects in CNAS

      • Recent data indicates that 10% of these students will have their name listed on a peer-reviewed publication and 30% of these students will present their research at a professional conference

    • We are currently collecting more detailed data on undergraduate research and internships.


    Building excellence
    Building Excellence Goals

    • Coherence of STEM education

    • STEM Teacher Education Programs

    • General Education – Science and Mathematics for the masses

    • Outreach

    • High Quality Activities

    • Cast a wide net

    • Foster a supportive ecosystem


    Building excellence1
    Building Excellence Goals

    • What would you add to the list?

    • What would you take away from the list?


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