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Science and Math Teaching Center

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SMTC
Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 8:00 - 5:00 (School Year)
Mon-Fri 7:30 - 4:30 (Summer)
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3992
Wyoming Hall 453
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307.766.6381
Fax: 307.766.3792
Email: smtc@uwyo.edu
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Mission and Learning Outcomes:

 

Description of the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center (SMTC)

The Science and Mathematics Teaching Center (SMTC) is devoted to excellence in P-20 science and mathematics teaching and learning, as well as superlative research. Functioning as a hybrid department within and across the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, the SMTC facilitates collaborative interdisciplinary professional development projects that support teachers in Wyoming and across the western cultural and geographic region of the United States of America. We serve as a resource center for teachers and as a center for collaboration on grants among P-12 schools, the Wyoming Department of Education, Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCs), Community Colleges, Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), and the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming, U.S.A. The SMTC offers three master's programs for science teachers and mathematics teachers as well as professional development courses for certification. We support and promote research based change in the teaching and learning of P-20 science and mathematics education. Come join us!                                               

Mission Statement & Statement of Purpose

The MISSION of the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center (SMTC) is to prepare highly qualified[1] teacher-leaders through graduate study and professional development opportunities in content knowledge and critical pedagogy. 

The PURPOSE of our programs is to engage teachers in place-based, culturally relevant, and socially-just pedagogical strategies to facilitate best practices in order to empower their students to use scientific processes and critical mathematics in everyday life, work, and play.

Learning Outcomes and Evidence

Outcome

Evidence

1. Engage in teacher research to transform STEM instruction (i.e., place-based, culturally relevant, and/or social justice pedagogy).

 

  • Examine random samples of Plan B and capstone projects for evidence of research based practice.

2. Use professional and academic standards to ensure high-quality interdisciplinary instruction to maximize student learning.

  • Analyze required SMTC students’ projects for evidence of cross-disciplinary approach and use of Common Core and/or Next Generation Science Standards as appropriate;
  • Use observation tool in random courses to reveal instructional practices;
  • Analyze survey data.

3. Engage in mathematical and/or scientific discourse and scientific thinking as active participants in communities of practice.

  • Examine random sample of syllabi;
  • Analyze survey data.

 

4. Use emerging technology and science investigations as tools to engage students.

  • Examine random sample of syllabi;
  • Examine random teacher work samples for evidence;
  • Analyze survey data.

 

5. Exhibit the knowledge and ability to apply methodology and processes to complete the program in less/fewer than four years.

  • Analyze graduation data;
  • Analyze student time to completion rate by program;
  • NED program (80% graduate in 2 years);
  • MSNS – MMA (80% graduate in 3 years);
  • MSNS- MSC (80% graduate in 4 years).

 

 

 


[1] The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) defines a highly qualified teacher as one who has a bachelor’s degree, full state certification, and can demonstrate content knowledge in the subject area (USDE, 2004).

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