By David Wojnowski, PhD, Elizabeth Allan, PhD
The Journal of College Science Teaching’s editor shares thoughts regarding the current issue.
In this issue, I am using my editorial space to share with JCST readers important information about the newest addition to the 2019 NSTA STEM Forum that will be held July 24–26 in San Francisco, California. The post-secondary strand is new this year, and we have a very unique and exciting experience planned for you. The post-secondary strand will hold traditional presentations on STEM teaching and learning, but for the first time, we will also have an EdCamp/unconference as part of the strand’s offerings.
Interdisciplinary research in the STEM fields provides both the model for the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices as well as the foundation for the Disciplinary Core Ideas. STEM research is, by nature, interdisciplinary and cross-cutting. Sessions in this strand will highlight pedagogical and discipline-based research on STEM teaching and learning as well as research in the areas of effective professional development, preservice education, and STEM fields of study. Of particular interest is research that addresses underrepresented/underprepared students as well as proposals with research that is applicable to all levels of college science teaching. A selection of presentations will be included in a future issue of JCST.
Join our community of post-secondary educators as important and relevant topics in STEM education are discussed and debated in the unique unconference format. The unconference provides an opportunity for experts to discuss important, relevant topics and brings those interesting discussions you are having between sessions into a session around common interests.
Post-secondary education doesn’t just mean college professors. The strand’s offerings are for all attendees that are teaching at the post-secondary level whether you teach at a university, two-year college, career tech program, or concurrent-enrollment program, or you teach advanced placement courses. We all have a common interest in making sure all our students are successful and in providing the very best learning opportunities.
The process and timeline for this Edcamp/unconference will allow university personnel to continue their research throughout the year and to present the most updated and relevant topics in a venue conducive to their university’s requirements for tenure and promotion.
Come join us as we collaborate and confer to share new knowledge, solve issues facing STEM educators, and build understanding through our shared experiences. Be prepared to move, learn, and lead through our new Edcamp/unconference experience. Join colleagues from around the globe as you network to gain a deeper understanding and to share common goals. Welcome to the STEM Forum & Expo’s Edcamp!
I look forward to seeing you there.
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