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What Works: Ensuring the Success of Under-represented Groups in STEM Learning Environments


Jump for the Sun Program
Mary L. Crowe
The Environmental Institute of the Jump for the Sun II (JFS) program was designed to change middle school girls and middle school teacher attitudes about doing science, which uses science activities to increase interest in STEM fields.


"What does it mean to be liberally educated in the 21st century" and Other Small Questions
A Report and Reflections on a Recent Meeting
William David Burns
In the SENCER January e-newsletter ( www.sencer.net), David Burns reflects on the Task Force meeting at Wabash College in January 2005 on "What does it mean to be liberally educated in the 21st century."
A PKAL essay: K-12 science teachers: partners in community
College faculty should recognize that their students are bridges that link their world to the high schools: high school teachers pass students on to college, and many of those same students prepare in college for careers as teachers. The natural science community bridges the gap between levels of schooling.
Building teacher scholar partnerships
M. Patricia Morse
Teacher scholar partnerships are opportunities for a college and university to strengthen its relationship with the community by increasing the civic engagement of its students and graduates, and, to motivate students to consider K-12 teaching as a career.
Creek Connections: Connecting Kids and Curriculum through Watershed Studies
James O. Palmer
At the heart of this teacher scholar partnership is a collaboration between the college and public school districts in western Pennsylvania and New York for the purpose of encouraging natural science education through hands-on field and laboratory experiences.
Faculty and scholarly networks
Faculty and Scholarly Networks- Excerpts from Then, Now, and in the Next Decade: A Commentary on Strengthening Undergraduate Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education.
The Ideal Facility for 21st Century Learning Communities
In 2003, PKAL engaged a roundtable of STEM faculty, architects and planning experts to envision how an ideal STEM facility could foster rich and integrated learning communities. This report describes key findings and provides a launching point for continued discussion on the role of architecture and design in creating spaces that work.

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