2006 PKAL F21 National Assembly

Draft Agenda

October 6-8, 2006

DRAFT as of September 13, 2006

Friday, October 6, 2006
   
Theme
Transforming a learning community: Leadership at the campus level

Vision
F21 members articulate a common vision of what works in building collegial connections to strengthen student learning in STEM fields.
   
12:30 - 1:30 pm Assembly Planners and Facilitators Meet
   
12:30 - 3:00 pm REGISTRATION
   
1:15 - 2:45 pm PRE-ASSEMBLY SESSION: ORIENTATION MEETING FOR NEW F21 MEMBERS
   
3:00 - 4:15 pm WELCOME, LOGISTICS & CHARGE
The urgency of coming together to transform undergraduate STEM education

A panel discusses why strengthening student learning is STEM fields is in the national interest and why leadership is essential at the local and national levels if our nation is to remain innovative, competitive, and a strong democracy.

Keynote address
To be determined

Convenors:
Jason A. Cody, Lake Forest College
Yvonne Harris, City Colleges of Chicago- Harry S Truman College

Panel:
William R. Bromer, University of St. Francis
Thomas B. Higgins, City Colleges of Chicago- Harold Washington College
Tingxiu Wang, Oakton Community College

   
4:15 - 4:30 pm BREAK
   
4:30 - 5:30 pm AT-THE-TABLE DISCUSSIONS
Articulating & communicating a vision of the ideal graduate of the 21st century learning environment

This session moves participants to an understanding of the need for consensus on the "vision" that drives the work of the community in shaping general education programs. This experience highlights 21st century student learning goals that provide roadmaps for the work of 21st century STEM leaders.

To lead our institutions into the future, we have to know where we want to go, so we must ask: what are our goals for student learning? What do we hope our students will be able to do and accomplish when they leave our campus? What are the characteristics of the ideal 21st century graduate of the ideal 21st century college or university?

The outcomes of this hour-long discussion are:

  • to develop something to display, during the poster session, that documents the sense of each table as to what 21st century graduates should look like, be able to do, and accomplish
  • to set the stage for the evening's case study.

Facilitators:
Laura Blasi, University of Central Florida
Walter M. Shriner, Mount Hood Community College
Donald E. Stearns, Wagner College

   
5:40 - 6:20 pm POSTER SESSION
Coming together...


Posters present the work of F21 members in Coming Together to:
  • Build collegial curricular connections within their home campus community
  • Focus on student learning
  • Connect beyond their home campus community
  • Work toward institutional transformation
  • Advance the work of Project Kaleidoscope.
   
6:30 - 7:20 pm BUFFET RECEPTION
   
7:30 - 8:45 pm SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS: PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING EXERCISE
Ideas & insights: Shaping general education programs

Case studies are stories with an educational message. They have been used as parables and cautionary tales for centuries, yet their formal use in the science classroom is recent. So recent, in fact, that until the early 1990s, the case study literature in science was virtually non-existent. Until this time, faculty had neither taught with cases, written cases, nor seen one. This only began to change as more and more faculty realized the inadequacies of the lecture method and began to seek novel methods of instruction. Enter the case study, a method imported from business, law, and medical schools.

Facilitators:
Laura Blasi, University of Central Florida
Walter M. Shriner, Mount Hood Community College
Donald E. Stearns, Wagner College

   
8:45 pm - TIME FOR INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS
   
Saturday, October 7, 2006
   
Theme
Coming together across communities to transform undergraduate STEM education

Vision
F21 members will be working in partnerships, collaboration, and networks of colleagues across disciplinary, institutional, and sector boundaries to make progress towards systemic improvements in undergraduate STEM learning and teaching.
   
7:30 - 8:40 am BREAKFAST & DISCUSSIONS
   
8:50 am BUSES DEPART FOR HARPER COLLEGE
   
9:30 am - 10:45 pm BREAK-OUT SESSION A

Coming together to:
  • Build collegial curricular connections within their home campus community: cross/interdisciplinary programs
  • Focus on student learning: mentoring; theories of learning
  • Connect beyond their home campus community: K-16 connections; two/four-year college connections; international connections; Washington DC connections
  • Work toward institutional transformation: learning communities; faculty development; facilities development;
    roles & responsibilities of deans & chairs.
   
11:00 am - 12:15 pm PLENARY SESSION
The Creating Brain: The Essence of creativity to shape the materials of life in new and unexpected ways

Presenters
Nancy C. Andreasen, University of Iowa

An introduction to Harper College's Avante Center for science

Presenter
William Odell, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassbaum, Inc.

   
12:15 - 2:00 pm LUNCH, TOUR OF THE HARPER COLLEGE SCIENCE FACILITY & TIME FOR INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS
   
2:00 - 3:15 pm BREAK-OUT SESSION B

Coming together to:
  • Build collegial curricular connections within their home campus community: cross/interdisciplinary programs
  • Focus on student learning: mentoring; theories of learning
  • Connect beyond their home campus community: K-16 connections; two/four-year college connections; international connections; Washington DC connections
  • Work toward institutional transformation: learning communities; faculty development; facilities development;
    roles & responsibilities of deans & chairs.
   
3:15 - 3:45 pm BREAK
   
3:45 - 4:45 pm SNAPSHOTS, TIME FOR INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS, 2ND ORIENTATION FOR NEW F21 MEMBERS
(PKAL National Steering Committee meeting in executive session)

In a series of 15-minute SNAPSHOTS sessions, F21 members present their coming together stories.
   
5:00 pm BUSES DEPART FOR The House of Blues
   
6:00 - 8:30 pm DINNER & LOTS OF FUN AT The House of Blues
   
8:30 & 10:00 pm BUSES RETURN TO HOTEL
   
Sunday, October 8, 2006
   
Theme
In our "flat world," leaders are being challenged to "rise above the gathering storm," to work toward a "nation of innovators," and a "nation of learners." Given conversations about current collegial connections during the past two days of this assembly, discussions on this final day focus on the future, on the grand challenges facing leaders in undergraduate STEM, and of our individual and collective roles in shaping that future.

Vision
There will be an emerging consensus within the PKAL F21 community about what Project Kaleidoscope is to be about in the coming decade, given PKAL's persisting mission, vision of what works, and community of experienced and committed agents of change.
   
7:00 - 8:00 am EXPERIENTAL LEARNING EXERCISE

Experiential Learning Exercises are an opportunity to experience and analyze practices, structures, and roles used by STEM leaders in transforming the learning environment.

Facilitators:
Judith A. Dilts, James Madison University
Sylvia F. Nadler, William Jewell College

   
8:00 - 9:30 am BREAKFAST & NATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE DISCUSSION
A kaleidoscopic perspective on PKAL's future: Grand challenges in undergraduate STEM education.

The PKAL National Steering Committee outlines their plans for the future of Project Kaleidoscope, with implications for the future of the PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century Network (an interactive session).

   
9:45 - 11:10 am AT-THE-TABLE DISCUSSIONS
Taking personal responsibility to make a difference: Moving to action

Each F21 member describes a specific coming together action that s/he intends to implement in the next year.

Facilitators:
Daniel L. Goroff, Harvey Mudd College
Mary M. Kirchhoff, American Chemical Society
Mark A. Wallert, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Marcus D. Webster, St. John's University

   
11:15 am - 12:00 pm PLENARY SESSION
Pointing the way...

The story begins, "once upon a time...," and is about a group of 26 faculty, deans, and presidents- each with a passion for students and for science- assembled in 1989 for an 18-month agenda of outlining an NSF-requested agenda for reforming undergraduate science and mathematics (STEM was not yet on the horizon). The charge from NSF's Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources was clear: "Don't point the finger. Point the way."

Presenter:
James M. Gentile, Research Corporation

Facilitator:
Elizabeth F. McCormack, Bryn Mawr College

   
12:00 pm ASSEMBLY CONCLUDES