Institution FAQs

General

Q: What is STEM Teach II?

A: STEM Teach is a project of the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI). It brings together a group of private colleges and universities to offer STEM courses and workshops to in-service teachers. Specific programs will primarily focus on teachers with master’s degrees seeking graduate level courses in a STEM content area for dual credit credentialing. It also seeks to strengthen K-12 teachers’ STEM knowledge and pedagogy to enrich STEM classroom instruction and help teachers with bachelor’s or master’s degrees add content areas to their current licenses.

ICI has contracted with the Center for Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis for specific development as well as organizational and administrative support for the grant. It is funded through a grant from the Indiana STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund, established by the Indiana General Assembly and administered by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Q: What is the goal of STEM Teach II?

A: The goal is to increase the number of highly qualified teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in Indiana. The primary target audience is in-service teachers (not administrators or other school personnel) wanting to improve their content area knowledge and skills.

Q: What are the greatest anticipated needs?

A: A great need exists for STEM content knowledge at all levels of education. Math, science, and other STEM content tailored for elementary and secondary teachers and delivered in an effective workshop format is one important area. In addition, many high school teachers are in need of graduate courses in specific content areas to satisfy new dual credit credentialing requirements. Plus, some high school teachers want to add another content area to their license.

Q: What is the timeframe for grant implementation?

A: The grant runs for four semesters: Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017. Courses may be offered on Saturdays, evenings, during school breaks, or whenever it is most convenient and accessible for the teacher participants.

Q: How are the grant funds distributed?

A: STEM Teach does not involve subgrants to specific institutions. It utilizes a standardized fee for service model through which participating institutions will receive specific amounts of money for various activities. A complete breakdown of the financial information is available here. By applying to participate in the grant, an institution agrees to accept the stated reimbursements for credit, workshop, professor, and course development costs.

Institutions will not be responsible for disbursement of funds to teachers. The Independent Colleges of Indiana will send checks directly to the participants.

Q: What is a campus liaison?

A: A campus liaison is the person at each institution who is responsible for coordinating STEM Teach efforts at that campus. This provides STEM Teach with a single point of contact information and questions. (Anyone at each institution is welcome to contact STEM Teach regarding questions or concerns at any time!)

 

Proposals

Q: What is the workshop/course proposal process?

A: Institutions can participate in multiple ways. First, an institution may offer an existing course as part of STEM Teach II. Courses may be offered in face-to-face, hybrid, or online formats. The program prefers that a section of an existing course be offered at a flexible time/location specifically for STEM Teach II. To submit an existing course to be considered for inclusion, the campus liaison must submit the “Institution Proposal to Offer Course or Workshop” form.

Second, an institution may develop a new course during the Spring of 2016 only to be offered through STEM Teach. Institutions are eligible for reimbursement for the development of a new course or workshop ($1000 to an institution for work done by an individual faculty member or $1500 for two or more). Development funds are only available for

  • A new graduate level courses that fits in an 18-credit graduate course sequence.
  • The conversion of an existing face-to-face course to an online or hybrid delivery mode (Note: the services of an instructional designer will be available to assist with this)
  • The conversion of an existing workshop to an undergraduate or graduate course.

To be considered for development funding, the campus liaison must submit the “Institution Course or Workshop Development Proposal” form by Jan. 8, 2016. Course development work must be completed and submitted by March 4, 2016 so that new offerings can be included in the Summer 2016 Catalog.

All the proposal forms are available here.

Q: When are the deadlines for institutions to submit proposed courses/workshops for each semester?

Proposals are due for

Spring 2016 semester – Dec. 11, 2015

Summer 2016 semester – Mar. 11, 2016

Fall 2016 semester – May 13, 2016

Spring 2017 semester – Sept. 30, 2016

Courses and Workshops

Q: Can institutions offer existing courses as a STEM Teach II course?

A: Yes, an institution may offer an existing course as part of STEM Teach II. Courses may be offered in face-to-face, hybrid, or online formats. The program prefers that a section of an existing course be offered at a flexible time/location specifically for STEM Teach II. To submit an existing course to be considered for inclusion, the campus liaison must submit the “Institution Proposal to Offer Course or Workshop.”

Q: Can institutions develop new courses?

A: Yes. Institutions are eligible for reimbursement for the development of a new course or workshop. ($1000 to an institution for work done by an individual faculty member or $1500 for two or more)

An institution may develop a new course only during the Spring of 2016 to be offered through STEM Teach II. Development funds are only available for

  • A new graduate level courses that fits in an 18-credit graduate course sequence.
  • The conversion of an existing face-to-face course to an online or hybrid delivery mode (Note: the services of an instructional designer will be available to assist with this).
  • The conversion of an existing workshop to an undergraduate or graduate course.

To be considered for development funding, the campus liaison must submit the “Institution Course Development Proposal” form by Jan. 8, 2016. Course development work must be completed and submitted by March 4, 2016 so that new offerings can be included in the Summer 2016 Catalog.

Q: Who will own the developed courses?

A: The institution that developed the course will retain full ownership.

Q: How will courses be chosen for inclusion in the STEM Teach II catalog?

A: STEM Teach will review all proposals and create the final course catalog based on alignment with K-12 needs and course locations (to attain a balance of regional offerings in order to impact the greatest number of teachers). STEM Teach hopes to include as many ICI member institutions as wish to participate, and this new grant is placing greater emphasis on graduate level courses that help high school teachers earn dual credit credentials.

Q: When can courses be offered?

A: Courses will be offered beginning in Spring 2016. Non-traditional scheduling will be considered.

As institutions consider when courses and workshops should be offered, STEM Teach encourages the consultation of local school district calendars (many are on a balanced calendar schedule) as well as potential intersessions.

Q: Can institutions collaborate on courses and workshops?

A: Yes, collaboration is encouraged! However, one institution must be designated to receive applications and reimbursements and identify a single campus liaison to coordinate with STEM Teach.

Q: Can teachers receive Professional Growth Plan (PGP) points for participating in a workshop?

A: In order to offer PGP points to participants, institutions must provide a certificate of attendance or completion detailing the number of hours completed.

Q: Are institutions limited to 3, 4 or 5 credit courses?

A: No. Other arrangements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Are there fees for teachers associated with taking STEM Teach II courses?

A: No, tuition is waived for eligible K-12 teachers who participate in STEM Teach.

Additionally, participants will receive a $500 completion award for each successfully (grade of C or better) completed course. Completion of each five-day workshop will provide $250 for participants, and completion of each 10-day workshop will provide $500 for participants.

Q: Are funds available for student materials in courses and workshops?

A: The individual institution will determine whether the teacher or institution will receive the stipend for books and/or course materials ($50 for a 30-hour workshop, $100 for a 60-hour workshop, $150 for a credit-bearing undergraduate course, $200 for a credit-bearing graduate course). Additional fees may be assessed as needed. Institutions offering graduate science courses may be eligible for up to $300 in lab fees per teacher participant. All projected fees should be listed in the course descriptions.

Q: If a student drops from a course or workshop, what is the procedure for STEM Teach II?

A: The instructor should immediately inform the campus liaison each time a student drops a course/workshop.

The campus liaison then informs Trish Wlodarczyk at CELL. (wlodarcszykt@uindy.edu) so that records can be adjusted.

If a waiting list exists and if it is not too late, CELL may add a student to the course/workshop.

Q: Can credits earned in STEM Teach transfer to other institutions?

A: Yes, at each institution’s discretion.

Q: Can courses have prerequisites?

A: Yes, prerequisites must be listed in the course description.

Q: What is the minimum number of students needed to run a course?

A: Credit-bearing courses require a minimum of 10 enrolled participants to continue. Workshops require a minimum of 15 participants.

Q: What is required for dual credit certification for high school teachers?

A: The new requirement will be 18 graduate level credit hours in a content area as part of or in addition to a master’s degree.

Q: Where will courses and workshops be taught?

A: On your institution’s campus, in a school district building, on another participating campus in a different region, online, or even another location that meets the needs of the participating teachers and your institution.
Participants

Q: Who is eligible to enroll in courses and workshops?

A: K-12 teachers in Indiana public schools, including charter schools and private schools.

Q: How will eligible teachers enroll in STEM Teach courses and workshops?

A: Teachers can enroll in STEM Teach II courses through the online catalog at STEMteachIndiana.org. Marketing efforts will direct teachers interested in the program to this site, where they will fill out a form for each course or workshop they wish to take. This form, in turn, will be sent to the offering institution. STEM Teach II campuses have agreed to register participants as guests or special students, with the application fee waived. If the institution wishes to collect additional application/registration information, it will be responsible for coordinating that with course applicants.
Evaluation & Marketing

Q: How can I assess the needs of K-12 teachers in my surrounding area?

A: Institutions should consider meeting with school district leaders and teachers to discuss local needs. Local school districts may wish to administer a survey to determine STEM needs or interests.

Q: How will courses be marketed?

A: STEM Teach II will market the courses to a statewide network of teachers through this website, as well as targeted mailings. Institutions are also encouraged to reach out to existing contacts in local school districts. STEM Teach II can assist institutions with print and digital materials that may be used in those efforts.

Q: How will the program be evaluated?

A: Data will be collected to monitor teacher participation and performance, as well as assess programmatic value. Teachers and faculty will also complete satisfaction surveys to inform future program offerings. The STEM Teach leadership team will share survey results with chief academic officers, campus liaisons, and participating instructors to help improve program quality and delivery.