CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Board of Trustees October 21, 2021 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – High Impact Practices in the Teach STEM program
During this portion of the board meeting, students and faculty in the Teach STEM program will demonstrate some of the ways that the principles of high impact practices are integrated into their degree program. Jennifer M. Dechaine, Ph.D., is a professor in the Departments of Science and Mathematics Education and Biological Sciences. She also serves as the department chair of Science and Mathematics Education and co-director of CWU’s UTeach program. CWU Teach STEM is the only UTeach program in Washington state. The program was funded by a $2.19 million state grant to develop and implement an innovative STEM teacher-preparation program. The program, based on the University of Texas-Austin’s UTeach model, is customized for Washington State to meet the Washington’s teacher-preparation requirements. The program is an innovative teacher preparation model that includes collaboration between sciences and education that supports students seeking teaching certification in science and mathematics fields. The STEM Teaching Program uniquely supports students, who can immediately apply what they learn in K-12 classrooms, from their first course throughout the entire program.
The presentation to the board will involve the following students: • Matthew Changer, CWU Teach STEM and Geology • Tiffany “Casey” Casey, CWU Teach STEM (Des Moines) • Yaheely Ruiz, CWU Teach STEM and Biology
In addition to professor Dechaine, the following faculty also will participate in the presentation to the board.: • Allyson Rogan-Klyve, Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics Education • Darin Knapp, Associate Director for CWU Des Moines and Clinical Faculty in Science and Mathematics Education.
Approved for Submittal to the Board
Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student Life
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