Placing STEM students and postdocs (undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) in K-12 learning environments to mentor, teach and do other forms of outreach is a well-known strategy to repair the leaky STEM pipeline. It is known that these STEM students and postdocs gain specific skills in mentoring, teaching, and communications during their experiences. It is also documented that they gain personal satisfaction, see it as their professional responsibility, and seek to gain these practical skills in a well-structured program. What are less well understood is the relationship between participation in these programs and long-term job opportunities, the transferability of gained skills to the workforce, and the role of these programs in steering scientists into teaching careers.
As a mutually beneficial partnership, identifying what works to recruit and retain subject matter experts in the STEM fields to serve as mentors, instructors and role models are key practices to scaling up programs.
In this conference, we seek to better understand how to design, administer and evaluate programs to best satisfy the needs of the K12 learners, their mentors and sponsoring faculty members and institutions.
Topics of discussion will include:
- • Identifying best practices in program design to maximize skills development for participants, defining measures of quality for all participants
- • Share cross disciplinary frameworks to successful strategies from different fields that may be applied to this one such as service learning, pro bono legal work and clinical experiences in teaching and medicine
- • Build community amongst different stakeholders who work with pools of SMEs and need pools of SMEs to administer their programs
- • Understanding the tension between the priorities of the sponsoring faculty members/institutions and mentors
Participants will include grad students, post-docs, administrators and faculty members in different STEM disciplines, outreach professionals and program managers who administer outreach programs and researchers in the field.
Portions of this meeting, including the keynote addresses, will be presented as a Livestream. For full details see the link below:
This event is free but registration is required.