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Tuesday, June 18 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Session 101: Overhauling Teacher Prep to Improve K-12 STEM Instruction

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At numerous colleges and universities, schools of education are scrambling to develop more effective methods of training new teachers and to draw more prospective teachers into STEM fields, an effort that takes on new urgency as the Common Core State Standards are implemented. The UTeach program developed at the University of Texas-Austin is in 34 universities so far and is proving very successful at attracting teacher candidates and providing both deep content knowledge and intensive field experience. And in a new report, the American Federation of Teachers suggests creating something akin to a comprehensive legal bar exam for aspiring teachers to assess their competency in educational knowledge and classroom performance. This session will explore what changes are needed in STEM teacher ed at the undergraduate and graduate levels and identify models of math and science instruction that hold promise.


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Virginia B. Edwards

Editor-in-Chief, Education Week
As president of Editorial Projects in Education, Virginia B. Edwards oversees the nearly 90-person, $14.5 million-a-year nonprofit corporation that publishes Education Week and edweek.org.  She has held the post since 1997. Ms. Edwards has been the editor-in-chief of Education Week – the premier “newspaper of record” for precollegiate education in the United States – since 1989.  The newspaper has a paid... Read More →

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Charles Coble, Ed.D.

Co-Director, Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Charles R. Coble: Co-founder & Partner Teacher Preparation Analytics and co-director of the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative with APLU in DC.  Dr. Coble was Professor of Science Education for 23 years and dean for 13 years of the School of Education at East Carolina University. He served for six years as Vice President for University-School programs for the 17-campus University of North Carolina system and Vice President for... Read More →
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Robert J. Denson

President, Des Moines Area Community College
Rob Denson was appointed the 4th President of Des Moines Area Community College on November 1, 2003.  He grew up on a farm near Homestead, Iowa, south of the Amana Colonies and graduated from high school in Marengo, Iowa.  He is the first native born Iowan to be President of DMACC. DMACC served 38,099 credit and over 33,000 non-credit students in 2010-2011, having  grown over 50% in the past 5 years. Rob has a B.S. in Political... Read More →
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Jennifer Drake, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Indianapolis
Jennifer Drake is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences , Professor of English and Founding Director of the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program at the University of Indianapolis.   She earned her B.A. from Brown University in 1987 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1994 and 1996, respectively.  She has long-standing commitments to developing innovative curricula and to... Read More →
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Jill A. Marshall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Science and Mathematics Education, University of Texas at Austin, Co-Director, UTeach
Dr. Jill A. Marshall is an associate professor in STEM Education at the University of Texas. She studies how people come to understand and engineer the physical world, how teachers can facilitate that process, and how the outcomes can be assessed. She is Interim Co-Director of the UTeach Natural Sciences teacher certification program and Past President of the American Association of Physics Teachers. She received her BS in Physics from Stanford... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am
Ballroom C