2006 PKAL F21 National Assembly

Sunday Draft Agenda

October 6 - 8, 2006

DRAFT as of September 13, 2006

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.

In this session, we will discuss two important topics concerning the future of PKAL:

  • The National Steering Committee will briefly review organizational plans, including the incorporation of PKAL and the establishment of an initial Board of Directors to work with and support Jeanne Narum in the next couple of years of transition.
  • We will focus on conversation among NSC members and F21ers about program plans for PKAL in the near future, and about how F21 members can help advance the agenda. This conversation will draw on 1) the white paper prepared by the Programs Task Force of the NSC, Jeanne Pemberton, Chair; 2) the Saturday morning breakfast discussions at the National Assembly; 3) a Saturday afternoon meeting of the NSC.

We need your ideas, your sense of what priorities the new PKAL should have, and- perhaps most important- your commitment to whatever contributions YOU will make during the process of change ahead for PKAL in this "interesting" world of opportunity and challenge for undergraduate STEM education that is emerging.

   
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...

Shaping a scholarly journey, at all career stages, requires asking critical questions about the future, about the
changing context for serving as a leader in undergraduate STEM. James M. Gentile, President of Research
Corporation, a PKAL leader and Village Elder since the beginning, challenges us with hard questions about the
future.

Presenter:
James M. Gentile, Research Corporation

Facilitator:
Elizabeth F. McCormack, Bryn Mawr College

   
12:00 pm ASSEMBLY CONCLUDES

View the full assembly agenda.