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Implementing STEM Programs that Capture and Nurture Imaginations and Talents

Carole Greenes, Arizona State University; Nancy Foote, Higley Unified School District

Based on the success of the Scientific Village Strategy for increasing students’ interest and achievement in STEM fields and updating teachers, we identified key elements that must be in place to establish sustainable STEM programs. In this session, we describe groups that must be targeted to facilitate implementation, including students, teachers, school administrators, families and the community; the goals for each group; characteristics of STEM programs that achieve the goals; and strategies for implementing the programs.


About the Presenters:
Carole Greenes, Associate Vice Provost for STEM Education, Arizona State University
Carole Greenes is associate vice provost for STEM education, professor of mathematics education, and director of the Practice, Research, and Innovation in Mathematics Education (PRIME) Center at Arizona State University. She is principal investigator for the National Science Foundation funded PRIME the Pipeline Project: Putting Knowledge to Work and the Helios Foundation-funded STEM in the Middle. Prior to joining ASU in October 2007, Greenes was a professor of mathematics education at Boston University. In BU’s School of Education, she served as assistant dean for the Boston University-Chelsea Partnership Project, dean of Overseas Programs, and associate dean for Research, Development and Advanced Academic Programs. At ASU, she served as dean of the School of Educational Innovation before assuming her current position in February 2009. Greenes has authored more than 300 books and articles, and was editor of the National Council of Teachers (NCTM) 2008 Yearbook on Algebra and Algebraic Thinking in School Mathematics, member of the NCTM steering committee for the Navigations Series, and editor of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics’ (NCSM) Monograph Series for Leaders in Mathematics Education. She is also author of four mathematical musical mysteries, and editor of the monthly MATHgazines. Greenes was president of the NCSM, was inducted into the Massachusetts Mathematics Hall of Fame, and received the NCSM: Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an EdM and EdD in Mathematics Education from Boston University.

Nancy Foote, National Board Certified Middle School Science Teacher
Foote is an eighth-grade physics teacher at San Tan Elementary in the Higley Unified School District, as well as an adjunct chemistry teacher at Chandler Gilbert Community College. She has served on numerous committees including the National Selection Committee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, McGraw Hill’s National Science Advisory panel, the Lego Educator Advisory Panel, NASA Heliophysics Ambassador, and the Casio Teacher Advisory Committee. Foote has gone on a Zero G flight as part of Northrup Grumman’s Weightless Flights of Discovery. She was a participant in the National Science Foundation’s Prime the Pipeline program where she learned to instrument fly an airplane, design Web pages, write, film and edit documentary films, make wind turbines to transform energy, use digital high-speed cameras, and design cell phones. Foote is the lead science teacher for STEM in the Middle, a program funded by the HELIOS Foundation and designed to improve STEM teaching in the middle school classroom. Foote has received over $30,000 in grants for classroom supplies. Foote’s YouTube channel—with educational videos—has received more than 150,000 hits. Her podcasts have had similar success. Foote was awarded the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and 2009 Teacher of the Year from izzit.org. In 2008, she received her National Board Certification. Foote holds a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Physics from Loyola University and an MEd from Arizona State University.