2004-2006 Leadership Initiative Seminar

2006 PKAL LI Leadership Seminar: Science for All- Trinity University; San Antonio, Texas

February 24 - 26, 2006

The PKAL LI Seminar at Trinity University will address a key 21st century issue faced by 21st century STEM leaders—how to ensure the success of all students in a time of increasing diversity of students in our classrooms and labs, in a time of increasing calls for academic institutions to equip all students to be literate—scientifically, technologically and quantitatively. Case studies from campuses that have wrestled successfully with this issue will be presented, in a context that enables participants to distill lessons learned from the experiences of others and to figure out how to adapt them in ways appropriate for their home campus.

As with all LI seminars, this issue is examined from the kaleidoscopic perspective—how to do strategic planning to build K-16 connections, how to give undergraduates ‘service-learning’ experiences that give them first-hand experience of the relevance of science and technology to the world beyond the campus, how to infuse a global dimension into the undergraduate learning environment, how to seek dollars, plan spaces for science…..and more!



STEM Snapshots
Elizabeth S. Ericson, Michael J. Reagan
Science facilities today are being transformed in response to changes in educational pedagogy, increasingly driven by student demand for interdisciplinary activity. Young scholars approach higher education from problem-solving and new conceptual perspectives, creating demand for multiple majors and minors, joint-degree programs and new interdisciplinary fields of study. As architects we are finding ways to increase flexibility to meet these curricular challenges as well as to advocate for building solutions that can be learning laboratories for sustainable practices across all disciplines. Using planning principles developed through Project Kaleidoscope, architects, faculty and administration work together to create spaces and curriculum that will engage the student in science through hands on, lab rich, experiential learning.
Understanding the Why and How of Integrating Assessment into the Work of Institutional Change
Karen Kashmanian Oates
Institutional transformation – leading change on campus requires a set of conditions intentionally constructed to support the change initiative. It also requires the specific attention of faculty. In this session we will look at how to create the conditions and environment which will foster new ways of thinking about assessment. Assessment for and by faculty is at the heart of institutional transformation. Data, evidence, and observable results created by the faculty are critical to the transformation process.

Reports, Best Ideas, & Proceedings

A Frog Journey, and Other Stories of Wisdom and Leadership
Karan Watson
Stories from Dr. Watson's Cherokee tradition presented at the PKAL LI Leadership Seminar at Trinity University in March of 2006.