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Strategic Alliance Between Higher Education, Secondary Schools, And Community Business/Industry To Improve Mathematics, Science, Technology, And English Education: A National Science Foundation Project

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Mathematics in Transition

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9.1118.1 - 9.1118.8



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Jule Scarborough

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Conard White

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Promod Vohra

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Strategic Alliance Between Higher Education, Secondary Schools, and Community Business and Industry to Improve Secondary Mathematics, Science, Technology, and English Education: A National Science Foundation Project Jule Dee Scarborough, Ph.D. and Conard White, Ph.D. Presented by Promod Vohra, Dean College of Engineering and Engineering Education Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University (NIU), Rock Valley College (RVC), and the Rockford [Illinois] Public Schools (RPS), as well as (a) Peer Master Teacher Leader(s) from Grayslake High School [IL] partnered to improve student achievement in secondary mathematics, sciences, technology, and English education. However, the models, strategies, and processes culminating in Rockford evolved over several major projects with other regional districts, or multiple districts, spanning approximately 12 years. The Rockford initiative involved past strategies, but also resulted in extended and expanded models and strategies. Districts that have participated in our programs have been urban, suburban, and rural, large and/or small. All models, strategies, program information, and pilot results will be available between March and June, 2004, in hardcopy from the American Association of Higher Education or at the website This site will also link to the Rockford site for more in depth information about the integrated curriculum modules. All goals, strategies, philosophies, models, processes, techniques, and procedures are fully documented with complete descriptions. All products and results are also fully described, with samples available. It is intended that this will encourage and aid others in replication or adaptation of aspects of this endeavor. This initiative was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Illinois Board of Higher Education, with local RPS, RVC, and NIU matches. This collaborative venture is better described as a "center" in the complexity, number, and type of concurrent activities, products, and results.

The objectives to achieve the above stated goal included: (1) providing in-service education on up to 65 different topics each year; (2) providing in-service education to administrators about their leadership role and responsibilities in leading reform; (3) partnering with local business, industry, and community organizations to support secondary MSTE education and change; (4) producing a systemic model for improving MSTE; (5) developing teacher knowledge and skills in using computer technology and other discipline specific technologies; (6) developing teacher and counselor knowledge and strategies for infusing career and educational pathways into the curriculum and learning experiences, especially through partnerships; and (7) internally and externally evaluating all aspects of the initiative and developing a long term sustainable and continuous improvement plan. Specific outcomes and products can be reviewed on the above website or in the AAHE publication mentioned above.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004,American Society for Engineering Education

Scarborough, J., & White, C., & Vohra, P. (2004, June), Strategic Alliance Between Higher Education, Secondary Schools, And Community Business/Industry To Improve Mathematics, Science, Technology, And English Education: A National Science Foundation Project Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13133

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