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SMTC Faculty: 

ana-houseal-newest  Ana Houseal, Outreach Science Educator 

Houseal Receives UW’s Marvin Millgate Engaged Faculty Award: Ana Houseal, outreach science educator for the Science and Math Teaching Center (SMTC) at the University of Wyoming, is the recipient of the 2020 Marvin Millgate Engaged Faculty Award for her work with Wyoming school districts.

Houseal, also an associate professor in the UW School of Teacher Education, has spent the last nine years working to build collaborative partnerships with schools throughout Wyoming while fostering a statewide professional development network for in-service teachers.

She assisted in the adoption of the 2016 Wyoming State Science Content and Performance Standards (WySS). These standards are for the next generation of K-12 science education and are based on core ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts. The SMTC, led by Houseal and her team, has focused on the needs of districts in the state to implement these standards smoothly in every classroom.

The Marvin Millgate Engaged Faculty Award is presented annually to one UW faculty member who has demonstrated scholarship or practice of engagement that significantly advances knowledge-sharing between academic disciplines and the public.

“Dr. Houseal’s work at the Science and Math Teaching Center is impactful and has had a lasting effect on education in Wyoming,” says Jean Garrison, director of UW’s Office of Engagement and Outreach, which presents the Millgate Awards. “The professional development and network that Ana has created shows her dedication to education in the state. The effects of her program are not only seen in the teachers, but also in the thousands of students that are impacted by her work every year.”

Houseal and her team conduct outreach that works to build relationships and support K-12 science educators based on their needs.

“Our recent focus has been in helping them to implement instructional practices that align to the research on science teaching and learning,” Houseal says. “We also seek to build connections between K-12 science educators within districts and across the state. In this way, it strengthens our entire Wyoming K-12 system.”

Houseal also works to provide teachers and Wyoming school districts with the tools and training needed to succeed, says Cynthia Brock, the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in UW’s Literacy Education. She adds that Houseal has worked in 12 Wyoming school districts during the past nine years and, in the fall of 2019, she worked with 163 teachers, which has impacted 1,925 elementary school students and 6,600 secondary students.

“When travel is not an option, Ana and her team use Zoom to connect with teachers and students across the state, and use this as a way to check in and answer questions from the partner teachers,” Brock adds.

Houseal has mentored more than 50 education graduate students and collaborates with many UW entities, such as the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, Outdoor Education and the NASA Space Grant Consortium in an effort to build a strong community for statewide STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outreach. Through her mentorship of these students, Houseal is preparing the next generation of in-service teachers in Wyoming and around the United States.

“Dr. Houseal richly deserves recognition for her extensive statewide work with teachers, administrators and students across Wyoming for the past nine years,” Brock says. “We, as Wyoming citizens, are fortunate, indeed, that Dr. Houseal chooses to share her time, talent, and expertise with us.”

 

 

SMTC STUDENTS:

Spring Defenses:

Jackson Ray (NED) - Education in Ecotourism: Instructional strategies that can promote pro-environmental learning outcomes.  Chair: Abigial Sisernos Kidd April 23, 2020

Shane Ziedler (MMA) - Teacher Perceptions of Co-Teaching and Benefits. Chair: Ali Bicer April 17, 2020

 

Wyoming State Science Fair News:

Two Wyoming Students Participating in Virtural International Science Fair
May 18, 2020

Two Wyoming high school students, who qualified from the Wyoming State Science Fair earlier this spring at the University of Wyoming, are participating in the virtual International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) this week.

Joshua Arulsamy, from Laramie High School, and Markie Whitney, representing Newcastle High School, will display their state award-winning projects in the “Virtual Regeneron ISEF” beginning Monday, May 18, and continuing through Friday, May 22.

Participants from throughout the world will be able to view projects, plus log into various panel discussions from leading STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) representatives.

“This is the first year that ISEF has been held virtually, and there is a multitude of great speakers and events all open to the public for the first time ever,” says Erin Stoesz, Wyoming State Science Fair director, who is based at UW. “I’d love to see members of the university community ‘attend’ all or part of this.”

To view the entire schedule, click here

CONGRATULATIONS !!

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Phone: 307.766.6381

Fax: 307.766.3792

Email: smtc@uwyo.edu

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