2Impetus for action State of diversity STEM Ho-hum Fields of dreams Iowa’s youth too often disengaged and uninspired in STEM, as evidenced by NAEP scores, grades and enrollments in advanced coursework, and post-secondary STEM study. Meanwhile our state is undergoing a rapid diversification (93% of the state’s total population growth since 2000 is accounted for by gains in Hispanic, Black, and Asian subpopulations). However, ethnic and racial minorities are far less likely to pursue STEM advanced coursework and careers. This at a time when our targeted economic priorities– Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Bioscience – depend heavily on a strong STEM career pipeline. Our challenge is clear.Fields of dreams
3Met both science and mathematics benchmarks Table 2. Number of 2011 IA High School Graduates, by interest and ability in STEM fields- students who are “very sure” or “somewhat sure” in their occupational choiceAbility in STEMMet both science and mathematics benchmarksMet one of the two benchmarksMet neither benchmarkNot STEM interested5402 (24%)38087734STEM Interested2480 (11%)1431 (6%)2113Iowa has a high percentage of graduate who are able but not interested in STEM.Courtesy, ACT, inc.
4Gaps in Iowa Percent of IA Students at or Above Proficient, 2009 Particularly important is to focus on the improvement of performance and interest in STEM among Iowa’s Hispanic and Black learners.Source: NAEP, 2009Courtesy of Linda Rosen, CEO, Change The Equation, Oct. 31, 2011
5After all, STEM jobs are projected to grow 4 times more than other fields in the coming decade, and STEM offers well-paying careers.
6Membership: https://openup.iowa.gov/board/STEM+Advisory+Council/194/ Goals of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Members are listed at the website.July 26, 2011Membership: https://openup.iowa.gov/board/STEM+Advisory+Council/194/
7Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and IMSEP: Q & A Q: So, what is the relationship between IMSEP and the new Governor’s STEM Advisory Council/Governor’s STEM Initiative?A: The IMSEP team is now charged with managing programming and administration for the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council in addition to maintaining IMSEP programming. The opportunity resulted from recognition of the excellent work done by the dozens of professionals who’ve contributed to our good, demonstrable, efficient programs.Q: How does this development change IMSEP?A: The IMSEP will now become the programmatic arm of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. We will be under the umbrella of the Council. The IMSEP will continue to manage programs, fulfill grant-funded projects, convene stakeholders via forums and summits, facilitate committees and working groups, interface with allied organizations, and perform most other functions our statewide partners and constituents are counting on.Q: What about IMSEP governance?A: For the remainder of this academic year ( ) the IMSEP will continue to be overseen and advised by an Executive Board of inter-university faculty. Meanwhile and in parallel, the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and its Executive Committee, co-chaired by Lt. Governor Reynolds and UNI President Ben Allen, has already begun meeting and working too. After this year, the IMSEP team will be accountable solely to the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, as its programmatic arm. All decisions regarding programming will then become the responsibility of the Council.Q: What about IMSEP funding?A: For this year, all commitments to existent programs will be seen through. Next year, all funding decisions are up to the Governor’s STEM Council as they recommend how best to channel resources to achieve the goals of the Council. Grant-funded programming at IMSEP (e.g., NSF-funded Externships and Noyce Scholars) will continue through completion of the grants.Q: How can we keep up with the changes to come and offer input?A: This newsletter is the best source for staying updated. We invite questions (and advice!) via ourFor those familiar with the Iowa Mathematics & Science Education Partnership, these frequently asked questions, answered.
8Priorities of the Council Student Interest/Achievement in STEM2. STEM policy matters (e.g., increased graduation requirements)3. STEM teacher recruitment and preparation4. Technology-enhanced instruction for global learning5. STEM for all – the gifted, under-represented, nontraditional6. STEM learner readiness for post-secondary education and career7. Public/private partnerships and mapping STEM to economic development8. Public awareness of the importance of STEM for the economy and society And, for infrastucture…Subcommittee on Regional Networks design and governanceSubcommittee on program scale-up design and implementationIdentified by the Executive Committee at their first meeting in September, these eight priorities align with and support the Goals of the Executive Order. #1 is bold to indicate that it is the TOP priority for year 1. All seven of the others are in the process of development of 1 and 5 year Action Plans. Two infrastructure committees are also at work.
9Ohio and Massachusetts Regional STEM Networks A recommendation of the Council is to develop regional STEM networks for Iowa which leverage and complement existing STEM communities. Other states successfully transforming their STEM landscape have done so through Regional Networks. A subcommittee is at work on developing a regional networks plan for Iowa.
10To fulfill the top priority, a system of scale-up for programs of proven success in raising the interest and achievement of Iowa youth in STEM is being designed by a subcommittee of the Council. The plan may reflect this early conceptual diagram.Proposed review by statewide stakeholders
11An inter-university assessment team of external evaluators has schematically represented the process of measuring impact of the Council’s work.
12Action Plan: STEM EDUCATION POLICY MATTERS CHAIRPERSON:Michelle Rich, Senior Program Manager – State Public Policy GroupCOUNCIL MEMBERS:Representative Josh Byrnes – Iowa House of RepresentativesLin Chapé, Senior Director of Human Resources/Organizational Development – VermeerAlissa Jourdan, Director of Discovery Research and Worldwide Director of Research and Development – Kemin Industries, Inc.Senator Brian Schoenjahn – Iowa SenateRepresentative Sharon Steckman – Iowa House of RepresentativesKichoon Yang, Executive Director – National Council of Teachers of MathematicsIsa Zimmerman, Consultant – IKZ AdvisorsCOMMITTEE MEMBERS OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL:Lynne Campbell, Science Consultant – AEA 267Tom Downs, Executive Director – Iowa Association of School BoardsAnita Micich, Superintendent – Mason City SchoolsCraig Ogilvie, Associate Professor of Physics – Iowa State UniversityBridgette Wagoner, Director of Educational Services – Waverly-Shell Rock SchoolsChair, members. Please convey any questions (or advice) to the Chair or to a member who you may know.
13Action Plan: STEM TEACHER RECRUITMENT and PREPARATION CHAIRPERSON:Teresa Finken, Professor – Iowa Wesleyan CollegeMEMBERS:Rob Denson, President – Des Moines Area Community CollegeCindy Dietz, Director of Public Relations and Employee Communications – Rockwell CollinsAlison Gilchrist, Teacher – Saint Cecilia SchoolJason Glass, Director – Iowa Department of EducationCOMMITTEE MEMBERS OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL:Margaret Crocco, Dean of the College of Education – University of IowaBill Decker, Superintendent – Muscatine Community SchoolsRon Hoofnagle, Mathematics Teacher – Cedar Falls High SchoolChristopher Jones, Dean of Teaching and Learning – Maharishi University of ManagementDiane Jones, Principal – Storm Lake Middle SchoolSharon Rosenboom, Instructor of Mathematics – Northwestern CollegeEmily Shields, Executive Director – Campus CompactDwight Watson, Dean of the College of Education – University of Northern IowaChair, members. Please convey any questions (or advice) to the Chair or to a member who you may know.
14Action Plan: TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED INSTRUCTION for GLOBAL LEARNING CHAIRPERSON:John Carver, Superintendent – Van Meter Community SchoolsMEMBERS:Valerie Newhouse, President – Iowa Lakes Community CollegeGail Wortmann, Instructor/Developer – Iowa Learning OnlineCOMMITTEE MEMBERS OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL:Denise Crawford, Director of the Center for Technology Education – Iowa State UniversityTiffany DeJager, Instructional Designer – Iowa Public TelevisionJoshua Hanna, Life Science Teacher and Educational Technologist – R&D SchoolAmbar K. Mitra, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering – Iowa State UniversityNancy Movall, Educational Technology Consultant – Grant Wood AEAAmy Sandvold, Principal at Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta Catholic Middle School – Cedar Valley Catholic SchoolsCarl Smith, Professor and Chair of Curriculum and Instruction – Iowa State UniversityMatthew Smith, Principal – Des Moines North High SchoolTheresa Zeigler, Director of Distance and Global Education – Iowa Lakes Community CollegeKari Webb, Academic Dean, Spirit Lake High SchoolChair, members. Please convey any questions (or advice) to the Chair or to a member who you may know.
15 Action Plan: STEM for ALL— the Gifted, Under-Represented, NontraditionalCHAIRPERSON (co-):Raynard Kington, President – Grinnell CollegeVictoria Sharp, Professor and Physician – University of IowaMEMBERS:Carolyn Boss, Software Account Executive – IBMSenator E. Mark Chelgren – Iowa SenateSally Mason, President – University of IowaCOMMITTEE MEMBERS OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL:Lori Adams, Undergraduate Biology Honors Program Advisor – University of IowaSusan Assouline, Associate Director – UI Belin-Blank Int’l Center for Gifted EducationLinda Bisgaard, Director of Collaborations and Advocacy – Girl Scouts of Greater IowaConnie Hargrave, Director of Science Bound – Iowa State UniversityChris Kramer, Deputy Director – Iowa Department of Cultural AffairsYvette McCulley, State Science Consultant – Iowa Department of EducationJhonna Wallerich, Guidance Counselor – Fairfield High SchoolChair, members. Please convey any questions (or advice) to the Chair or to a member who you may know.
16Nancy Foerstel, Software Consultant – Microsoft Corporation Action Plan: STEM LEARNER READINESS for Post-Secondary Education and CareerCHAIRPERSON:Steven Triplett, Senior Consultant – ACT (representing Interim President Jon Erickson)MEMBERS:Douglas Dorner, Senior Vice President of Medical Education & Research – Iowa Health SystemsNancy Foerstel, Software Consultant – Microsoft CorporationPaul Schickler III, President – Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.Jonathan Wickert, Dean of the College of Engineering – Iowa State UniversityCOMMITTEE MEMBERS OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL:Kristy Black, Director of the Jones Regional Education Center – Kirkwood Community CollegeKristopher Groff, Science Teacher – Sheldon High SchoolKen Maguire, Director of the Upper Midwest Region – Project Lead The Way®Sue Runyon, Mathematics Consultant – Keystone AEACurt Simmons, Vice President of Science Learning and Public Engagement – The Science Center of IowaMick Starcevich, President – Kirkwood Community CollegeJeanette Thomas, Equity/Perkins Consultant – Iowa Department of EducationAnn Watts, Instructional Design Coordinator – Des Moines Area Community CollegeChair, members. Please convey any questions (or advice) to the Chair or to a member who you may know.
17Action Plan: PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS and MAPPING STEM EDUCATION to ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTCHAIRPERSON:Jordan Cohen, Vice President for Research and Economic Development – University of IowaMEMBERS:Deborah Durham, Director – Iowa Economic Development AuthorityDonald Frazer, Entrepreneur – SynGestCraig Johnson, Executive Director – Iowa Academy of ScienceGary Scholten, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer – Principal Financial GroupTeresa Wahlert, Director – Iowa Workforce DevelopmentCOMMITTEE MEMBERS OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL:Debra Bishop, Professor and Director of the Entrepreneurship Center – Drake UniversityMichelle Gowdy, Director of the Foundation – Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.Norah Hammond, General Manager and Education Director – The Cedar Rapids Science StationWendy Mihm-Herold, Vice President for Economic Development Services – Northeast Iowa Community CollegeDenny Presnall, Executive Director, Iowa Farm BureauGwyn Schramm, Regional Business Director – MonsantoElliott Smith, Executive Director – Iowa Business CouncilJay Staker, Extension Youth Development Specialist – Iowa State UniversityChair, members. Please convey any questions (or advice) to the Chair or to a member who you may know.
18Patrick Barnes, Program Director for Global STEM – John Deere Action Plan: PUBLIC AWARENESS of the IMPORTANCE of STEM EDUCATION for theECONOMY and SOCIETYCHAIRPERSON:Jeff Herzberg, Chief Administrator – Prairie Lakes Are Education AgencyMEMBERS:Patrick Barnes, Program Director for Global STEM – John DeereDeb Dunkhase, Executive Director – The Iowa Children’s MuseumRachel Hurley, Executive Director – Iowa Biotechnology AssociationLeann Jacobson, President – Technology Association of IowaCatherine Swoboda, Director of Iowa and Midwest Education Programs – The World Food Prize FoundationCOMMITTEE MEMBERS OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL:Kacia Cain, Biology Teacher – Central Campus High SchoolVaughn Halyard, CEO and Executive Producer – Story Lounge Media Group, LLCChuck Peters, President and CEO – SourceMedia GroupKelly Sears, Executive Director of the Youth Professional Program – Boys & Girls Clubs of Council BluffsMichelle Temeyer, Community Education Liaison – ISU Black Hawk County ExtensionAlbert Wiggins, Administrative Assistant/Athletic Director/STEM Coordinator – George Washington Carver AcademyArt Wittmack, President and CEO – Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome TheaterKaren Zunkel, Director of the Program for Women in Science and Engineering and Director of Undergraduate Support Services – Iowa State University
19Infrastructure: REGIONAL NETWORKS DESIGN & GOVERNANCE CHAIRPERSON: CHAIRPERSON:Rob Denson, President – Des Moines Area Community CollegeMEMBERS:Patrick Barnes, Program Director for Global STEM – John DeereRepresentative Josh Byrnes – Iowa House of RepresentativesJohn Carver, Superintendent – Van Meter Community SchoolsJon Erickson, Interim President – ACTDonald Frazer, Entrepreneur – SynGestGregory Geoffroy, President – Iowa State UniversityJeff Herzberg, Chief Administrator – Prairie Lakes Area Education AgencySally Mason, President – University of IowaValerie Newhouse, President – Iowa Lakes Community CollegeCOMMITTEE MEMBERS OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL:Gail Kotval, Coordinator for the Division of Innovation and Commercialization – Iowa Economic Development AuthorityJay Staker, Extension Youth Development Specialist – Iowa State UniversityChair, members. Please convey any questions (or advice) to the Chair or to a member who you may know.
20Infrastructure: PROGRAM SCALE-UP DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION CHAIRPERSON: CHAIRPERSON:Deb Dunkhase, Executive Director – The Iowa Children’s MuseumMEMBERS:Senator E. Mark Chelgren – Iowa SenateAlison Gilchrist, Teacher – Saint Cecilia SchoolLeann Jacobson, President – Technology Association of IowaCraig Johnson, Executive Director – Iowa Academy of ScienceRepresentative Sharon Steckman – Iowa House of RepresentativesCatherine Swoboda, Director of the Iowa and Midwest Education Program – The World Food Prize FoundationIsa Zimmerman, Consultant – IKZ AdvisorsCOMMITTEE MEMBERS OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL:Comfort Akwaji-Anderson, Ph.D. Candidate in Mathematics Education – Iowa State UniversityJeanne Bancroft, Education Consultant, Creative Connections, LLCJenny Becker, Senior Community Relations Specialist – Rockwell CollinsDisa Cornish, Program Evaluator for the Center for Social & Behavioral Research – University of Northern IowaPaul Gausman, Superintendent – Sioux City Community SchoolsChad Heinzel, Assistant Professor of Earth Science – University of Northern IowaYvette McCulley, State Science Consultant – Iowa Department of EducationChair, members. Please convey any questions (or advice) to the Chair or to a member who you may know.
21Action Plans – suggested product: a. Frame this priority for Iowa: Distance from here to ideal? [5 year plan]b. Goals/targets: What’s the ambition?c. Identify some best-practices. What needs to happen in Iowa?d. What resources are needed (human and material)? What can we do without new investment vs. what can we do with new investment?e. Who needs to do it? Where are the resources?f. When can we get there? [a timeline]g. What will the Council need to do?h. What will be our success indicators? [metrics/outcomes]i. What’s the future implication?j. Appendix: committee. Plan development process. Pertinent references.For Infrastructure – suggested product:Scale-up plan to be implemented in FY2013 (deliver early Spring to Exec. Comm.).Regional Networks plan to be implemented in FY2013 (deliver early Spring to Exec. Comm.)Planning guidelines
22Help your math and science teachers deliver PBL and inquiry Share the Carnevale report with kids, parents-Share the Battelle Iowa studies on IT, BioScience, and Advanced Manufacturing opportunities with kids, parentsChallenge all kids (especially ethnic and racial minorities) into Algebra II and Physics – “gateway” coursesOther things everyone can do to helpHelp your math and science teachers deliver PBL and inquiry
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