OUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF EXCELLENT SCIENCE TEACHERS.
Journal Club

5E Instructional Design, Week A.  Think about a recent class session you ran or attended.  How was the session organized?  The order of the elements of a class period can influence student learning.  In this final two-week segment of the term we will consider the 5E Model for organizing class sessions.  This week we will read a feature article describing the 5E Model, and next week special guest Dr. Bryan Rebar of STEMCORE will discuss how he uses the model to design STEMCORE outreach experiences.  To prepare for this week, please read:

Tanner, K. D. (2010). Order matters: using the 5E model to align teaching with how people learn. CBE-Life Sciences Education9(3), 159-164. http://www.lifescied.org/content/9/3/159.short

We will meet in 217 LISB (Lewis Integrative Sciences Building) at 9:00 am on Thursdays and 1:00 pm on Fridays.

Julie and Phil

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SLP Scholars and Fellows Fall 2017

We are now recruiting undergraduate SLP scholars and graduate fellows. Review of applications is ongoing. Here’s the link to the undergraduate application, CAS 409 Practicum information, and the graduate application.

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Elly Vandegrift receives Thomas F. Herman Award

In recognition of her achievement and expertise in the area of science literacy, Elly Vandegrift is a recipient of a 2017 Thomas F. Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy. Congratulations, Elly! To learn more about what Elly does for the Science Literacy Program and the Department of Biology, click here.

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COMPASS Virtual Workshops

COMPASS will be hosting two virtual workshops on the COMPASS message box on Wednesday, June 7 at 10 am and Tuesday, June 13 at 1pm. To register and for more information, visit this website.

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SPICE Program Recruitment

The SPICE Program has a number of summer outreach and research opportunities available with our Summer camps. Paid, volunteer, and for-credit options are available. Detail for each are  listed below. Positions start in June.

Position: Lead Instructors $12/hr (for-credit internships also available): The Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE) is an informal science outreach program for middle school girls in Lane county. SPICE needs lead instructors for the SPICE 2015 Science Summer Camps. Duties include: Leading 20 girls ages 11-14 in fun hands on science activities. Developing age appropriate group and individual science activities. Supervising volunteers. Schedule all activities and volunteers, lead activities, supervise volunteers, develop new activities. Camp runs July 10-21 and August 7-28, M-F 9am-4pm. Preparation takes place in the month of June. One week of follow up work after camp required.

Discovery Camp Leaders (2 positions): Lead the 2 week discovery camp for 20 rising 6th grade girls around the theme of data collection and analysis using activities from multiple disciplines.

Forensic Investigation Camp Leaders (2 positions): Lead 2 week forensics camp for 20 rising 7th grade girls around the theme of forensic investigation using activities from psychology, chemistry, physics, geology and more.

Engineering Camp Leaders (1-2 positions): Lead the 2 week Engineering camp for 20 rising 8th grade girls around the theme of Computer Science and Engineering. Lead session in programming, construction, and design for building functional pinball machines. Full training for instructors will be provided in May and June.

Qualifications: SPICE instructors need to be: Enthusiastic about science Eager to work with middle school aged children Have a background/education/training in either science or K-12 education

Preferred qualifications for applicants: Prior work with school age children Prior science outreach experience Strong interest in diversity

Position: Educational Research Assistants $12/hr (for-credit internships are also available): Two or more researchers are needed to help collect, code and transcribe data for a project evaluating the impacts of an informal science outreach program on middle school aged girls science identities and attitudes. Research assistants will administer surveys and other research instruments, lead focus group interviews, and conduct observations. Research assistants will work closely with the principal investigator to ensure fidelity of observations, implementation and coding. 50+ hours of work total for the months of July & August. The bulk of data collection will be between July 10-21 and August 7-18th. This is an excellent chance to get hands on experience conducting mixed methods research in education.

Position: Volunteer – Instructors, curriculum developers, assistants (for-credit internships are also available): The Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE) is an informal science outreach program for middle school girls in Lane county. SPICE needs lead instructors for the SPICE 2015 Science Summer Camps. Duties include: Leading 20 girls ages 11-14 in fun hands on science activities. Developing age appropriate group and individual science activities. Hours flexible depending on availability.

How to Apply: Please send resume and statement of interest to spicescience@uoregon.edu. Questions welcome 6-4313. Learn more about the SPICE program at:http://spicescience.uoregon.edu

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
SLP Scholars and Fellows Fall 2017
Elly Vandegrift receives Thomas F. Herman Award
COMPASS Virtual Workshops
SPICE Program Recruitment
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Week 9 Spotlight:

Do you want to know how well your teaching practices mesh with techniques proven to enhance student learning? It could be a step toward improving your teaching. Try taking the Teaching Practices Inventory (TPI), a tool designed for science faculty but applicable to a much wider range of disciplines, then make an appointment to talk about it with a TEP representative! For a discussion of the TPI with links to the inventory and the original research paper, go to http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/teaching-practices-inventory-provides-tool-help-examine-teaching/.

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Upcoming UO and Local Events:
Volunteers Needed for 20th Annual Solar Challenge

Dr. Dean Livelybrooks in the department of Physics is looking for volunteers to help with the 20th Annual Solar Challenge. The event will be on June 10, and volunteers will be asked to be present from 8:00-11:00 am. If you are interested in volunteering, email Dr. D and include your shirt size.

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Graduate Student TEP Teacher-Scholar

TEP seeks a graduate student teacher interested in pedagogical method and the scholarship of teaching and learning to join its staff next academic year as its Graduate Student Teacher-Scholar. As a full member of TEP’s team, the GE will observe and help lead workshops and consultations; consider ways for TEP to enhance its support for all GEs through its Graduate Teaching Initiative; and have the chance to help with small-scale research projects into the teaching and learning culture on campus.
Applications are due Monday, June 5. More information can be found here.

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“Beyond the Skills Gap” Video Presentation

In case you missed it, Dr. Matthew Hora’s presentation is now archived on the STEM CORE YouTube channel. Click here to go directly to “Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work” presented by Dr. Hora.

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