UIC College Prep: Building a Strong University Partnership with a STEM High School

Presenters: Audrey Borling, Martin Gartzman, Babette Neuberger
UIC College Prep High School (UICCP) opened in 2008, in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The school has a special emphasis on the health sciences; its curriculum includes a four-year health sciences program that was co-developed with UIC’s six health sciences colleges. The school’s 2011 ACT scores were the highest in the city among non-selective high schools. This presentation will introduce UICCP, its health sciences curriculum, and the school-university partnership.

About the Presenters:
Audrey Borling, Dean of Instruction, UIC College Prep
Audrey Borling is currently the dean of instruction at UIC College Prep. Previously, Borling was a national recruitment director for Teach for America. She taught reading, math, and science at a Chicago International Charter School. Borling helped co-write the UIC College Prep health science curriculum, which incorporates problem-based learning; content related to dentistry, nursing, applied health science, medicine, pharmacy, social work, and public health; and interpretation of data and scientific inquiry. Through consultations with Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, the Noble Network, DeBakey High School, and UIC, the health science program has continued to grow and push students' critical thinking skills and exposure to health science professions. Borling earned a BS from Indiana University and an MAT from Dominican University.

Martin Gartzman, Executive Director, Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education, The University of Chicago and former Assistant Vice Chancellor for High School Development, The University of Illinois at Chicago
Martin Gartzman is executive director of the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Chicago. From 2006 to 2010, he served as assistant vice chancellor and executive director for high school development at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he coordinated the university’s work with UIC College Prep, a charter high school established in 2008 in partnership with the Noble Street Charter School. As a faculty associate at UIC’s Learning Sciences Research Institute since 2006, Gartzman has established several funded projects. In 2007, he brought together a team of leading researchers, developers, and practitioners to establish the Algebra Intensification Project, which led to the development of Agile Mind’s Intensified Algebra I; from 2007 to 2010, Gartzman served as the project’s principal investigator. In 2009, he founded and served as principal investigator of two “sister initiatives”—the West Cook Mathematics Initiative and the South Cook Mathematics Initiative—which are working with 33 school districts in west and south Cook County to develop regionally based mathematics improvement strategies. From 2006 to 2010, with Susan Hull and Uri Treisman of the Charles A. Dana Center of the University of Texas at Austin, he co-directed the Dana Center’s Urban Mathematics Leadership Network, a network of mathematics directors from 22 of the country’s largest school districts. From 2002 to 2006, Gartzman served as the CPS chief mathematics and science officer, where he developed and directed the Chicago Math and Science Initiative (CMSI), the district’s highly touted program for mathematics and science improvement. From 1986 to 2002, he served in several capacities at UIC, including twelve years as associate director of UIC’s Institute for Mathematics and Science Education, which Gartzman co-founded with mathematician Philip Wagreich and physicist Howard Goldberg in 1990. He has developed and served in senior leadership capacities with many grant-funded projects involving mathematics and science curriculum development and teacher professional development, and has served in advisory roles with many projects and organizations. From 1978 to 1986, Gartzman taught biology and directed the bilingual program at Benito Juarez High School in Chicago.

Babette Neuberger, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, The University of Illinois at Chicago
Babette Neuberger serves as the associate dean for academic affairs and director of graduate studies, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and oversees all aspects of the Office of Academic Affairs including academic programs, curriculum development, academic grievances, student academic progress, distance learning, and continuing education. These duties include serving as an ex-officio member of the Committee on Educational Programs, the Committee on Academic Progress, and the Academic Strategic Planning Committee. The assistant dean for student affairs also reports to Neuberger. Prior to becoming the associate dean, Neuberger was a clinical associate professor at the UIC School of Public Health. Neuberger holds a BA in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a JD from Loyola University.