Collaborative Research: Using Communities of Practice to Transform STEM education for Latinx Students at Two-Year Hispanic Serving Institutions

Project: Research project

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Collaborative Research: Using Communities of Practice to Transform STEM education for Latinx Students at Two-Year Hispanic Serving Institutions Collaborative Research: Using Communities of Practice to Transform STEM education for Latinx Students at Two-Year Hispanic Serving Institutions Track: IUSE Institutional and Community Transformation, Level 2 (Multiple Institutions). Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are at the leading edge of the efforts to close achievement gaps in STEM education. This project builds on a foundational, $2.1M five-year, NSF grant called KickStarter (KS), HRD-1450661, 1929686, designed to provide 2-yr HSIs with a framework that brings together cross-functional, cross-disciplinary STEM teams to perform college-wide STEM assessments, develop multi-year STEM Plans, and prepare proposals to NSF to act upon those plans. The 24, 2-yr HSIs in KS that achieved sustainable change and transformed their institutions, did so by evolving their STEM teams to become Communities of Practice (CoP) that took a large role in building and sustaining STEM innovations on campus, as demonstrated in part by the NSF grants they were awarded for innovative teaching and learning. The proposed project, KickStarter 2 (KS2), takes the outcomes and impacts from KS that went beyond the original focus of proposal development and formalizes them into a comprehensive process to foster CoPs for institutional transformation around STEM teaching and learning. A STEM Evidence-based Student Serving or STEM-ESS self-assessment and planning process that incorporates the Seal of Excelencia's intentional focus on serving Latinx Students drives foundational updates to the KS2 Framework. STEM teams at participating institutions will be assisted by KS2 Program Officers and Subject Matter Experts as they self-assess, analyze strengths and gaps, prioritize high impact activities, and develop a strategic STEM plan. In pursuing high impact activities, teams will look to adapt and implement evidence-based solutions and/or develop proposals for federal funding. Regular professional development webinars and workshops are planned for high impact topics; e.g., undergraduate research at community colleges (CCs), industry connections, active learning. Individualized and team support will be provided monthly, with more frequent meetings for teams needing additional support.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date5/1/224/30/26

Funding

  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $2,269,502.00

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