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Best Practices Panel: Asee K12 Division 2009

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Best Practices in K-12 Engineering Panel

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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14.275.1 - 14.275.34



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Stacy Klein-Gardner

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Michele Dischino

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Manjit Khosla HALS Academy

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Patrick Foster Central Connecticut State University

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Carol Shields Stevens Institute of Technology

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Dan Fagan Wallace Primary School

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Martha Cyr Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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John Staley Doherty Memorial High School

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Best Practices Panel Winners ASEE K-12 Engineering and Pre-College Outreach Division The K-12 ENGINEERING AND PRE-COLLEGE OUTREACH DIVISION of ASEE is recognizing exemplary K-12 – university partnerships in engineering education at the 2009 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition in Austin, TX. To do this, the Division is sponsoring a panel session on Best Practices in K-12 and university partnerships. Submissions chosen for participation in this session demonstrate a true partnership between a K-12 school (or schools) and an engineering school/college at a university.

Selected partnerships have proven success in the classroom and demonstrate engineering engagement and knowledge acquisition by K-12 students through age appropriate activities and lessons. Best Practices Partnership Panel winners' papers are authored collaboratively between engineering and technology education faculty and K-12 teachers. Details on the partnership's structure and goals and the successful strategies employed to overcome challenges and obstacles are included. Each partnership's description includes sample student product(s) and conveys how other partnerships may emulate the project.

One proposal winner was chosen by a panel of reviewers at each of the following levels: pre- school or elementary school; middle school; high school. The three winning abstracts have been used to create a conference paper for this session.


Partnership to Improve Student Achievement through Real World Learning in Engineering, Science, Mathematics and Technology

Dan Fagan, Wallace Primary School, Hoboken, NJ Carol Shields, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ

Program Overview & Partnership Structure

The Partnership to Improve Student Achievement (PISA) project is a New Jersey Department of Education-sponsored Math-Science Partnership (MSP) grant that provides elementary teachers in New Jersey with professional development in innovative, research-based, science and engineering curricula; classroom-based technical and pedagogical support; and ongoing coaching and mentoring. Two universities, a science center, and a teacher education institution are collaborating in delivering these services to 56 Grade 3-5 teachers from six urban districts in Northern New Jersey.

The Center for Innovation in Engineering (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology is the lead partner in the program. The two-week summer institutes are held on the Stevens Campus and they are planned and conducted by two CIESE staff members who also conduct follow-up site visits during the year. Professors from Monclair State University and Stevens engineering faculty serve as visiting lecturers and advisors. Staff from Bank Street College of Education

Klein-Gardner, S., & Dischino, M., & Khosla, M., & Foster, P., & Shields, C., & Fagan, D., & Cyr, M., & Staley, J. (2009, June), Best Practices Panel: Asee K12 Division 2009 Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4826

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