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Pre-College Engineering Education
The Teacher Leader Engineering Network (TaLENt) is a working group with the overarching goal of increasing the number of Black, Native American, Hispanic, and female students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees. Teacher leaders are needed to increase and broaden participation through the means of developing strategies conducive to improving the quality of K-12 STEM education. However, the criteria for quality teaching in K-12 engineering are ill-defined. This Work in Progress paper details TaLENt’s ongoing project situated in the context of bringing together stakeholders in K-12 engineering education from across the country to broaden participation in engineering, define the criteria for quality teaching in engineering, and develop metrics with indicators to support current and future K-12 engineering teachers.
TaLENt leverages the NSF’s Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) programs which includes 15 RET K-12 teachers from across the U.S., Engineering Research Center (ERC) faculty and staff (University 1 and University 2), and project management support drawing on the practices of “collective impact” (Nonprofit at University 3). Each TaLENt grade-level team (elementary, middle, and high school) collaborates through a series of monthly online meetings to develop a set of common criteria and posit measurable indicators to determine if the criteria are met.
The development of teaching goals guides the creation of the criteria and indicators. Thus far, we have learned that each grade-level team has unique goals and expectations for engineering instruction. For example, the elementary team has focused on the need for students to master the social skills needed to work within diverse groups to isolate a problem and design possible solutions. At the high school level, the working group ascertained that it was important to develop both stand-alone diversity-specific criteria to build awareness in the field, as well as embedded practices creating a culture of inclusion within their engineering projects.
The final deliverables will be available and distributed for use by K-12 engineering teachers across the country, as well as ERCs who support RET programs. TaLENt derived resources will offer guidance on how to infuse classroom teaching with engineering best practices with a focus on teachers who support underrepresented minority students on their journey to becoming STEM professionals.
Alston, C. A., & Nichol, C., & Wimpelberg, R., & Larson, J. S., & Cook-Davis, A. (2020, June), WIP: Teacher Leader Engineering Network (TaLENt): A Collective Impact Model for K-12 Engineering Teacher Leaders Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35573
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