STEM Education and Training

Caryn Mohr on Connecting Primary Research to Community Indicators

Hello! I am Caryn Mohr, a Research Scientist at Wilder Research in St. Paul. I’m one of more than 40 researchers in the office who conduct primary research. My own work focuses on education programs addressing opportunity and achievement gaps. Our office also manages Minnesota Compass, a nationally recognized community indicators project. Opportunities to collaborate …

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ECLIPS and Systems TIG Week: Tarek Azzam and Matt Keene Recap Systems-Oriented Evaluation

Hello! We are Tarek Azzam (Claremont Graduate University) and Matt Keene (Environmental Protection Agency). We are members of the External Review Panel for ECLIPS. Whoa! Even though it’s oh-so-tempting to try, you don’t need the perfect string of words to define “systems-oriented evaluation.” Lesson Learned: It’s in the roots of evaluation  At its core a …

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ECLIPS and Systems TIG Week: Karen Peterman and Marah Moore on How a Systems Orientation Influences an Evaluator’s Role

Hello! We are Karen Peterman (Karen Peterman Consulting, Co.) and Marah Moore (Director of i2i institute and ECLIPS coPI). We are going to talk about some of the implications of a systems approach for the role of the evaluator. In a recent Thought Leaders Forum, Michael Patton reminded us that evaluation is a transdisciplinary field. …

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ECLIPS and Systems TIG Week: Reider, Fitzhugh, and Na’im on Using the Systems Concepts of Boundaries, Relationships, and Perspectives to Identify Leverage Points

Hello, we are David Reider (Education Design, Inc.), Ginger Fitzhugh (Evaluation and Research Associates), and Alyssa Na’im (Education Development Center, Inc.). As ECLIPS members, we are incorporating systems concepts into STEM education evaluations related to the National Science Foundation program, Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST). Keying off the iceberg diagram (see Monday’s …

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ECLIPS & Systems TIG Week: Lloyd Bingman and Pat Jessup on Seeing and Understanding Patterns in Systems

Hello! We are Lloyd Bingman (Brighter Day Consulting, LLC and evaluator of an NSF STEM project) and Pat Jessup (InSites associate and coPI for ECLIPS). We’re here to talk about the “Patterns” portion of theiceberg diagram displayed on Monday of ECLIPS week. Both of us evaluate programs that are part of complex social systems that …

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ECLIPS & Systems TIG Week: David Hata on Looking to Interconnections for Value Creation

Hello! I’m David Hata, an independent consultant who serves as an external evaluator for a number of NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers. I’m here to share my experience helping a STEM project see itself as part of a system that creates value. For some clients, success is doing a lot of activities. …

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ECLIPS & Systems TIG Week: Beverly Parsons and Veronica Thomas Welcome You to ECLIPS Week

Greetings! We are Beverly Parsons (InSites and ECLIPS principal investigator) and Veronica Thomas (Howard University and ECLIPS external advisor). Today we introduce you to an exploratory research project, Evaluation Communities of Learning, Inquiry, and Practice about Systems (ECLIPS). It’s funded through a National Science Foundation grant to InSites. The ECLIPS Community of Practice is 15 …

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STEM Week: Kim Kelly on Responding to National Curriculum and Policy Initiatives in STEM Education Evaluation

I’m Kim Kelly, PhD, from the Psychology Department at the University of Southern California where I teach undergraduate courses in statistics, research methods, psychobiology and human development. I have been involved in the evaluation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum and professional development programs since 2002. These courses and projects are focused on …

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STEM Week: Disa Cornish on Statewide STEM Initiative Evaluations

My name is Disa Cornish, PhD. I am the Program Evaluation Manager at the Center for Social & Behavioral Research (CSBR) at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). I coordinate the Iowa STEM Monitoring Project. The purpose of the Monitoring Project is to systematically observe a series of defined metrics and sources to examine changes …

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STEM Week: Cindy Tananis on STEM Evaluation: Getting Traction in STEM Education Reform

Hi, I’m Cindy Tananis, founder and Director for the Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity (CEAC) at the School of Education in the University of Pittsburgh.  CEAC has a long history of STEM education related evaluation work in P-12 and Higher Education.  Stop by and visit our website to learn more about CEAC. STEM education …

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