Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy

 

STEM Education Equity: Policies to Create Opportunities in Rural Iowa

Sheraton Hotel, 210 S Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA (Dean Ballroom, Lower Level)
Monday, October 19th, 2015 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
STEM Education Equity: Policies to Create  Opportunities in Rural Iowa
STEM Education Equity: Policies to Create Opportunities in Rural Iowa is a day-long symposium on the opportunities and challenges of strengthening STEM education in Iowa.  The University of Iowa Public Policy Center, as part of its “Run Up to the 2016 Caucus” series, is planning the event in collaboration with the University of Iowa College of Education, and with the support of Iowa NSF EPSCoR*. 
 

National and state experts will present an overview of STEM in Iowa, as well as innovations in rural areas across the country; examine STEM equity needs of disadvantaged students in rural areas; discuss next generation science standards, school business partnerships, diversity in the STEM pipeline, and legislative perspectives.

The cost for the symposium is $10 (includes lunch) for the general public, free for students.

For more information, please contact Leslie Gannon at (319) 335-6817 or leslie-gannon@uiowa.edu.

Online registration has closed.  You may still register at the door, but lunch will not be guaranteed.  Thank you!

*Partial support for this symposium has been provided by the Iowa NSF EPSCoR project; this project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number EPS-1101284. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed during this event are those of the participant(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Monday, October 19th, 2015
Session Details Speakers
8:00 AM Coffee and Registration
8:45 AM Welcome/Opening Remarks
  1. Peter Damiano
  2. Daniel Reed
  3. Nicholas Colangelo
9:00 AM Keynote: Overview of STEM in Iowa
  1. Jeffrey Weld
9:45 AM Panel One - State Standards: Next Generation Science Standards...Now What?
  1. Christopher Harris
  2. Teresa Eliopoulos
  3. Mark McDermott
  4. Okhee Lee
  1. Kris Kilibarda (Moderator)
11:00 AM Morning Break
11:15 AM Panel Two: School-Business Partnerships
  1. Gregg Cruickshank
  2. Dan Cox
  3. Dana Millard
  4. John Carver
  5. Donna Forsyth
  1. Kristine Bullock (Moderator)
12:30 PM Lunch and Keynote: Overview of National Innovation in Rural Areas
  1. Linda Rosen, PhD
1:30 PM Panel Three: Diversity in the STEM Pipeline - Student Perspectives
  1. North Tama Students
  2. Central DeWitt Students
  3. West Liberty Students
  1. Kate Degner (Moderator)
2:30 PM Keynote: STEM Equity and Needs of Disadvantaged Students in Rural Areas
  1. Okhee Lee
3:15 PM Afternoon Break
3:30 PM Panel Four: Legislative / Government Perspective
  1. Bobby Kaufmann
  2. David Jacoby
  1. Dean Borg (Moderator)
  • John Carver

    Howard-Winneshiek Community School District

    John is the superintendent of schools for the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District. Collaborating with business, industry, elected officials and higher education, John is leading the charge to vision and make operational a new structure of learning grounded in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Howard-Winn is working to seamlessly embed technology into instruction and use social media to break down classroom silos, connecting learners globally.

     

    Howard-Winneshiek is a 426 square mile, rural NE Iowa school district of 1,200 students. With iPads in grades K-6, MacBook Airs in grades 7-12, Apple TV in all classrooms, 3D printers and embracing social media, learners are quickly moving from consumers of content to creators of content.  

     

    In November of 2014, John was one of 100 Superintendents from across the United States invited to the White House to meet with President Obama and Secretary of Education Duncan to participate in the Future Ready initiative.  The Howard Winneshiek Community School District has been nationally recognized as a “District of Distinction” by District Administrator Magazine and was named "25 Districts Worth Visiting," by Tom Vander Ark, CEO of "Getting Smart."  In September of 2013, he was appointed by Governor Brandstad to co-chair the STEM Advisory Council’s Broadband committee.  The committee was charged to develop legislative proposals, establish a long-term strategic plan for Broadband deployment and identify possible federal funding opportunities or public private partnerships.

     

    John is a member of Iowa Department of Education Competency Based Education Design Team; the Rural Iowa Task Force serves on the Advisory Council for the College of Education, University of Northern Iowa.  His professional life of 35 years includes experiences as a high school social studies teacher, coach athletic director, middle school principal and high school principal. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Morningside College, Masters in Education from Drake University, and a certificate of advanced studies from Iowa State University. 

  • Central DeWitt Students

  • Nicholas Colangelo

    University of Iowa College of Education

    Nicholas Colangelo is the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Iowa. He is author of numerous articles on counseling gifted students and the affective development of gifted and acceleration.  He has edited three editions of Handbook of Gifted Education, (with Gary Davis).  He has co-authored “A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students” (with Susan Assouline and Miraca Gross).  He has served on the editorial boards of major journals including Counseling and Development, Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal of Creative Behavior, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, and Roeper Review.  He has presented a number of research papers at national and international conferences and has been a keynote speaker on numerous occasions.  In 1991, he was presented with the Distinguished Scholar Award by the National Association for Gifted Children; in 1995, he received the Alumni Achievement Award presented by the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In 2000, he received the State of Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and in 2002 received the President’s Award from the National Association for Gifted Children.  Dr. Colangelo received the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service from The University of Iowa in 2008.  He received the Hancher-Finkbine Medallion for Faculty from The University of Iowa in 2012 and the Ann Isaacs Founder’s Memorial Award, presented by the National Association for Gifted Children (2012).  In 2013, he received the International Award for Research presented by the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.

  • Dan Cox

    Charles City Community School District

    Daniel D. Cox, PhD is in his third year as the Superintendent of the Charles City (IA) Community School District.  He served for eight years as an administrator in the Waterloo Community School District and at Valley Lutheran (Cedar Falls).  Cox taught high school Spanish and coached in the Essex and West Marshall school districts for 14 years before moving into administration.  He was named the District Teacher of the Year at West Marshall in 2005.  Cox was a co-recipient of the Jordan Larson Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award at Iowa State University in 2013.  In November he will travel to Argentina on a Fulbright-City of Buenos Aires Administrator Exchange.

  • Gregg Cruickshank

    Sidney Community Schools and South Page Community Schools

    Gregg Cruickshank was the Superintendent/Secondary Principal of Sidney Community Schools from 2006 - 2009.  In 2010, he also assumed Superintendent duties for South Page Community Schools and still serves in that role for both schools.  Sidney and South Page are part of the Corner Conference located in SW Iowa.  The Corner Conference is comprised of nine school districts with a combined enrollment of 2300 students.  Sidney has a PK3 - 12th Grade enrollment of 440 students and South Page has a PK3 - 12 enrollment of 129 students. 

     

    The Corner Conference schools operate on a common calendar and common bell schedule.  Each district has at least one IP video unit to enable the districts to share classes, content and to participate in common professional development initiatives.  Google Hangout, Zoom, and Skype are also utilized to connect the districts and expand opportunities for student and staff learning and growth.  All but one district has implemented a 1 to 1 digital device program.  Sidney was one of the first 13 schools in Iowa to implement a 1 to 1 digital device program in 2009.  South Page implemented a program in 2010.  Staffs in both districts have applied for, received, and implemented STEM learning grants/programs from pre-school through 12th grade.

     

    Gregg is Chairperson for the Corner Conference Superintendent Group, and the Secretary/Treasurer and Southwest Iowa Leadership Council Representative for Rural School Advocates of Iowa.  He earned his Bachelors, Masters, and Education Specialist degrees from Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska. 

     

    Gregg is a Nebraska native.  He and his wife, Lynda, have two children - Kara, 24, and Casey, 21.

     

     

  • Peter Damiano

    Director, Public Policy Center

    Peter Damiano is the Director of the Public Policy Center (PPC) and Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He started the health policy research program at the PPC in 1990 and has been Director of the Center since July 2007. He is a health services researcher who investigates issues relating to access to care, quality, cost and outcomes of care. Dr. Damiano has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and research monographs and has been the principal investigator on over 50 research studies funded by federal, state and Foundation sources. He is a former staff intern in the US Senate, a Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Scholar and HRSA Primary Care Policy Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry (DDS) and UCLA School of Public Health (MPH).

  • Teresa Eliopoulos

    Achieve, Inc.

    Teresa Eliopoulos joined the Achieve staff in May 2011 and currently serves as Senior Program Associate, Science Initiatives. As part of the Science Initiatives team, Teresa manages the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Network and supports states on adoption and implementation of the NGSS. Previously she worked on the development of the NGSS and managed the Earth and Space Science development team. While NGSS is her focus, Teresa has also supported other projects at Achieve, including working with states to facilitate the development of instructional materials that integrated content from both the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and Career Technical Education (CTE).


    Prior to joining Achieve, Teresa has had experiences across the policy arena including focusing on education and veteran’s affairs at a DC lobbying group, and working in the Senate Office of Hillary Clinton [D], New York, and serving as a case administrator for the DC Bankruptcy Court.


    A native of upstate New York, Teresa holds a Master of Public Policy from American University, where she focused on education and social policy, and a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Policy from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

  • Donna Forsyth

    Charles City High School

    Donna Forsyth is a graduate from the University of Northern Iowa and is in her 23rd year of teaching science at Charles City High School. Donna loves education, working with kids and providing them with valuable learning experiences. Her passion is to connect kids with career opportunities and help prepare them for their future. She has initiated several community partnerships that allow students different opportunities from shadowing to internships. She has been involved in implementing STEM at CCHS and continues to work at building new community partnerships every year.

  • Christopher Harris

    SRI International

    Christopher Harris, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher in Science Education within the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. His research focuses on the design, implementation, and study of science instructional innovations in K-12 classrooms and informal settings. Of central interest is the design and research of curricula and assessments that capitalize on innovative technologies and make learning accessible for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities. At SRI, he leads large-scale multiyear, multi-institutional research, development, and evaluation projects and has been involved in developing scalable approaches to address the Next Generation Science Standards through curricula and assessments that help teachers engage their students in using science practices to build and use knowledge. His research often involves collaborative work in real-world educational settings for the purpose of informing both research and practice. Dr. Harris’ recent publications have addressed science education policy, science curriculum implementation, science assessment, design-based implementation research, science teaching practice, and the role of authenticity in science education. Previously, he was an assistant professor of science education at the University of Arizona. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Michigan, where he conducted learning sciences-based research within the Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education.

  • David Jacoby

    Public Relations Outreach Coordinator, UI SE Region STEM Hub

    State Representative Dave Jacoby is the University of Iowa's Public Relations Outreach Coordinator on the SE Iowa STEM Region team, and in February 2014 was named the Environmental and Public Health Ambassador for the State Hygienic Laboratory.

     

    Jacoby represents Coralville in the Iowa House of Representatives, where the lab is located.  He is a long-time proponent of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.  His past experience includes Program Director of Workforce Initiatives, specializing in youth employment and training, at Kirkwood Community College for 23 years.  Kirkwood recently opened a Regional Center at the University of Iowa — one of six regional STEM hubs established through the governor’s STEM council.

  • Bobby Kaufmann

    Iowa House Representative

    Representative Kaufmann is serving his second term in the Iowa House.

     

    Bobby grew up on his family’s farm in rural Wilton and is a graduate of Wilton High School.  He attended Muscatine Community College where he received Outstanding Student of the Year.  He went on to study business at the University of Iowa.  He returned to his hometown, to his family’s eight-generation family farm where he works with his brothers and father.  In addition, Bobby is a crop and livestock farmer who also owns and operates a steel hauling, construction and demolition business in Cedar County.

     

    Bobby is a member of the Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, Cedar County Historical Society, Cedar County Soldiers Monument Association, and a wide variety of service and volunteer organizations.

  • Okhee Lee

    Steinhart School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University

    Okhee Lee is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. Her current research involves the scale-up of a model of a curricular and teacher professional development intervention to promote science learning and language development of English language learners. She was a member of the writing team to develop the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and leader for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team through Achieve, Inc. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University. She was a 2009 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), received the Distinguished Career Award from the AERA Scholars of Color in Education in 2003, and was awarded a 1993-95 National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. She has directed research and teacher enhancement projects funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Spencer Foundation, and other sources.

  • Okhee Lee

    Steinhart School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University

    Okhee Lee is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. Her current research involves the scale-up of a model of a curricular and teacher professional development intervention to promote science learning and language development of English language learners. She was a member of the writing team to develop the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and leader for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team through Achieve, Inc. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University. She was a 2009 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), received the Distinguished Career Award from the AERA Scholars of Color in Education in 2003, and was awarded a 1993-95 National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. She has directed research and teacher enhancement projects funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Spencer Foundation, and other sources.

  • Mark McDermott

    University of Iowa College of Education

    Mark McDermott started his career in STEM by graduating from Cornell College with a double major in secondary education and Biology. He then went on to earn his Masters in Science Education from Iowa State University. Mark taught secondary science at New Hampton High school, Roland-Story High School and Iowa City West High School for over a decade before earning his Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Iowa in 2009. He has taught science or Science Education courses at a number of higher education institutions including Hawkeye Community College, Kirkwood Community College, Wartburg College, University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa. He has also had experience in linking instructional practices to assessment strategies as a Senior Test Development Associate at ACT.

    Mark is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in Science Education in the College of Education, where he designs instruction and teaches biology courses for elementary education pre-service teachers as well as methods courses for pre-service secondary science teachers. His research focus is STEM teaching and learning as well as the use of multimodal writing tasks as a part of science instruction. As the STEM coordinator for the College of Education and in his role coordinating STEM outreach activities at the University of Iowa, Mark works with STEM activities across the entire university and serves as liaison from the University of Iowa to the Kirkwood Regional STEM Center. He also serves as a council member for the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

     

  • Dana Millard

    Lee County Economic Development Group

    Dana Millard is the Marketing & Communications Manager for Lee County Economic Development Group (EDG). A native of Southeast Iowa, Dana earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Sales from the University of Northern Iowa.


    In her role with Lee County EDG, Dana connects business and industry with education. She is heavily involved in the area schools, AEA, and businesses, promoting STEM education and activities as well as STEM career opportunities. Through Lee County EDG’s Grow Lee Workforce Initiatives, Dana has implemented a Lego Robotics program, assisted in growing the Teacher Externship program, developed scholarships for Southeastern Community College’s Kidtek U STEM Summer Camps, assisted with career fairs and is in the process of launching a Manufacturing 101 course. 


    She currently serves on the Governor’s Southeast Regional STEM Advisory Board, Southeastern Community College’s Connecting Business and Education Committee, local high school Career Technical Education Advisory Committees, the Industrial Technologies Regional Advisory Council and Regional Business Advisory Council. Dana was also awarded Title IX Champion award on behalf of the AAUW for her work in building STEM education in Lee County.  

  • North Tama Students

  • Daniel Reed

    University of Iowa Vice President for Research and Economic Development

    Daniel A. Reed is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Iowa.  He is also the University Computational Science and Bioinformatics Chair, and Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

     

    Daniel Reed was named Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Iowa in September, 2012. He was Corporate Vice President at Microsoft from 2009 – 2012, responsible for global technology policy and extreme computing, and Director of Scalable and Multicore Computing at Microsoft from 2007 until 2009.  He founded the Renaissance Computing Institute in 2004 and served as its director until December 2007. He was also Chancellor’s Eminent Professor and served as senior adviser for strategy and innovation to Chancellor James Moeser, UNC-Chapel Hill. He served as CIO and Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services at UNC-Chapel Hill from June 2004 through April 2007. Prior to that, he was Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Gutgsell Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

     

    He was appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), by President Bush, in 2006 and served on the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 2003–2005. As chair of PITAC’s computational science subcommittee, he was lead author of the report “Computational Science: Ensuring America’s Competitiveness.” On PCAST, he co-chaired the Networking and Information Technology subcommittee (with George Scalise of the Semiconductor Industry Association) and co-authored a report on the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program called “Leadership Under Challenge: Information Technology R&D in Competitive World.” He is also a member of PCAST’s Personalized Medicine subcommittee.

     

    Reed is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and currently serves on its Government Affairs Committee. CRA represents the research interests of the university, national laboratory and industrial research laboratory communities in computing across North America.

  • Linda Rosen, PhD

    Change the Equation

    Linda Rosen is the chief executive officer of Change the Equation.  Her career has focused on scaling up research-based best practices, and working with states, localities, and corporations to implement these practices to ensure long-term sustainability and success.

    Previously, Dr. Rosen was the senior vice president for the National Alliance of Business and Senior Advisor to U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, also known as the John Glenn Commission.

    Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Rosen was Executive Director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Academy of Sciences’ Associate Executive Director of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board.

  • Jeffrey Weld

    Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council

    Jeffrey Weld, PhD is the Executive Director of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. He also holds a faculty position as Associate Professor in Biology at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

     

    Jeff has directed the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council since fall, 2011, and its predecessor the inter-university Iowa Mathematics & Science Education Partnership since 2008. He has been a member of the UNI Biology faculty since 2000 where he has brought in $7.2 million in grants to fund science education reform research and programming including the nationally acclaimed statewide Real World Externships for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Teachers. In 2007 Jeff was named the Four-Year College Biology Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Biology Teachers. He has authored scores of research articles, essays, book chapters, and the popular science teacher preparatory textbook The Game of Science Education. Jeff’s research and writing focus on identifying and overcoming barriers to innovative science teaching at the secondary and collegiate levels. He is past President of the Iowa Science Teachers organization and of UNI’s chapter of Sigma Xi — the scientific research society. Prior to joining UNI, Jeff served on the faculty at Oklahoma State University after earning a doctorate in Science Education with content emphases in ecology and endocrinology from the University of Iowa in 1998. Formerly a high school biology and chemistry teacher in Mission, Texas, Kirkwood, Missouri, and Pella, Iowa, Jeff was named the Ciba-Geigy 1993 Life Science Teacher of the Year in Iowa; a 1994 recipient of the Pella Corporation Focus on Teaching Excellence award; and in 1995 one of fifty national Access Excellence Fellows of the Genentech corporation. In 2013 the Iowa Science Teachers association honored Jeff with their Outstanding Service Award and the University of Iowa’s College of Education bestowed upon Jeff their highest alumni award, the Yager Educational Accomplishment Honor. Jeff serves on several state and national boards including the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation, and the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology.
     

  • West Liberty Students

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Iowa NSF EPSCoR, University of Iowa College of Education

   

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