STELAR ITEST PI & Evaluator Summit 2017: Building the Foundational Skills of the Future Science and Engineering Workforce


The STELAR ITEST PI & Evaluator Summit is an annual opportunity for ITEST Principal Investigators (PIs) and evaluators to come together and share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the ITEST program. 

The 2017 Summit's theme of "Building the Foundational Skills of the Future Engineering Workforce" was explored over two days, as we examined ways in which our community can collaborate and build on each other's work. The Summit featured engaging plenary addresses and project flash talks, as well as in the 4 strands: Sharing effective approaches and instrumentation for ITEST research and evaluation; Fostering innovation through inclusion and diversity in STEM education and the workforce; Work at the frontier: Preparing students for the future STEM workplace; and Big data: ITEST’s role in developing career pathways and data literacy skills.

This year's event drew more than 185 attendees representing 90 ITEST projects! Event hashtags used during the Summit were #ITEST2017 #STELAR2017, click here to view tweets from the event: 

View the Online Conference Program, which includes our agenda, session descriptions, keynote bios, appointed fellows, and the conference participant list (log in to view). Links to individual presentation slides and keynote videos are listed below. 

Presentation Slides

Day 1 slides, including opening remarks by:
David Haury, Program Director, Division of Research on Learning, NSF
William (Jim) Lewis, Deputy Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources Directorate, NSF

Day 2 slides including NSF Town Hall and closing remarks by:   
David Haury, Program Director, Division of Research on Learning, NSF
Evan Heit, Division Director, Division of Research on Learning, NSF

Keynote Sessions:

Day 1 Keynote: The frontier for the future workforce, Reginald Brothers, Principal, The Chertoff Group 
Presentation slides

Day 2 Keynote Panel: Career development theory: From theory to practice in ITEST projects
Each presentation is featured below, or click here to view the panel in its entirety (1 hr 8 min).

Keynote Panel Introduction: Joyce Malyn-Smith

Career Development Theory: A Pathway to Enhancing STEM Interventions
David Blustein, Professor, Boston College

Girls of Color in STEM Careers: A Culturally Responsive Approach
Kimberly Scott, Arizona State University

Humans in Career Development: Considerations for Equity
Eli Tucker-Raymond, TERC

Panel Q&A Session:


Strand Session Slides

Strand 1. Sharing effective approaches and instrumentation for ITEST research and evaluation

Day 1: Locating robust, rigorous, and relevant instruments and protocols
Instruments and protocols for measuring learning activation, Mac Cannady
Professional development, Nancy Peter
Career awareness, Tandra Tyler-Wood
Computational thinking, David Webb

Day 2: Considerations for instrument selection and strategies for instrument adaptation 
What to consider when selecting tools that best match research and evaluation efforts to programmatic goals, Melissa Demetrikopoulos
A primer on validity and modifying instruments and protocols, Tandra Tyler-Wood 
Using instruments and protocols in mixed methods designs, Hilarie Davis

Strand 2. Fostering Innovation through inclusion and diversity in STEM education and the workforce

Day 1: The NSF INCLUDES and ITEST Programs: Synergies & Opportunities, Monya Ruffin, Caitlin Dooley, Bob Russell

Day 2: Student engagement and teacher PD in ITEST: Successful, inclusive strategies and lessons learned
Closing the achievement gap & diversifying the STEM workforce, Dr. Julia Clark, NSF
Student engagement: Javed Khan & Chadia Affane Aji, Kimberly Scott, Jacob Martinez
Teacher PD: Kathryn Guimond, David Reider, Berri Jacque

Strand 3. Work at the frontier: Preparing students for the future STEM workplace

Day 1: Defining the work at the human-technology frontier 
Panelists: Amy Baylor, David Blustein, Joyce Malyn-Smith; Moderator: Chadia A. Aji
ITEST Project Presenters: Kathryn Guimond, Dagen Valentine, Alexander Repenning

Day 2: STEM career competencies at the human-technology frontier
Career Competencies: Joyce Malyn-Smith

Strand 4. Big data: ITEST’s role in developing career pathways and data literacy skills

Day 1:
Big Data for Little Kids: Data Modeling with Young Learners and their Families, Catherine Cramer
Expanding Exposure, Career Exploration and Interactive Projects in Basic Genome Analysis and Bioinformatics, Stephen Koury
Dream sweet dreams: a new framework for sleep tracking and body change predictions, Janet M. Roveda

Day 2: 
Best Practices and Tools for Engaging K-12 Students in Big Data, Sam Janis


Questions? Contact us at stelar@edc.org.

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