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The Georgia Tech Student And Teacher Enhancement Partnership (Step) Program: A Set Of Models Of Graduate Students Working In High Schools

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Graduate Student Experiences

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7.1155.1 - 7.1155.9



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Donna Llewellyn

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Marion Usselman

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Gordon Kingsley

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The Georgia Tech Student and Teacher Enhancement Partnership (STEP) Program: A Set of Models of Graduate Students Working in High Schools

Donna Llewellyn1, Marion Usselman2, and Gordon Kingsley 3 1 Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)/ 2 Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC)/ 3 School of Public Policy Georgia Institute of Technology

In 1999 the National Science Foundation initiated a new type of graduate student support through the NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) program (see for the current RFP). Students receiving GK-12 fellowships are required to interact directly with K-12 teachers in an attempt to improve both K- 12 education and the pedagogical and communication skills of the Fellows. In return graduate Fellows receive an annual stipend and a tuition waiver. In the spring of 2001, Georgia Tech received a GK-12 grant to support its Student and Teacher Enhancement Partnership (STEP) program and to place twelve graduate students per year in Atlanta area high schools. 1

The ongoing challenge of the GK-12 initiative is to design a program that best advances the multiple goals of the program: 1. To broaden the education of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate students to include intensive experiences in educational pedagogy and process; 2. To encourage the participation of STEM faculty and students in the difficult issues facing K- 12 educators through the nurturing of university-school partnerships; 3. To assist K-12 teachers in their endeavor to improve classroom instruction; and 4. To help schools improve K-12 student achievement in STEM.

The first of these goals is accomplished in STEP through the graduate-Fellow summer training program detailed below and through the direct interaction of the Fellows with teachers and students in their assigned schools. Our approach towards the remaining goals is through the creation and nurturing of partnerships between Georgia Tech and area high schools. We propose that aggressively pursuing the development of meaningful and sustainable university-school partnerships, is the strategy most likely to produce long-term success in the K-

1 NSF Project Number DGE-0086420

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Llewellyn, D., & Usselman, M., & Kingsley, G. (2002, June), The Georgia Tech Student And Teacher Enhancement Partnership (Step) Program: A Set Of Models Of Graduate Students Working In High Schools Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11359

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