October 14, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Did you know that teachers in the United States rate their lives better than all occupation groups, trailing only physicians?*
In this workshop we dug into data many students and faculty find surprising about the teaching profession. We also shared strategies and resources for communicating the facts about the profession so that students have accurate information about their career prospects. In addition, strategies were shared that include how to talk to students about the profession, a listing of venues for reaching students, and recommendations for sharing the facts at your institution. All materials are professional quality, research-based, and have been extensively user-tested.
*Survey of 172,000 working adults by Gallup-Healthways
Wendy K. Adams, PhD. -
Director Teach@Mines & Research Associate Professor of Physics, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
Adams, a Physics Education Researcher by training, leads the Get the Facts Out Project, a ~$3M NSF-funded project to change the conversation about STEM teacher recruitment. Adams has spent the last 10 years recruiting and preparing science teachers from early childhood to high school. Her efforts on GFO include an intense research component to understand and track student and faculty perceptions of the teaching profession as faculty work to get the facts out about the profession.
Ellen Yezierski, PhD. -
Professor of Chemistry & Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Ellen networks with faculty and programs across campus to fulfill the Center’s mission and support student learning through faculty development and innovation. Her research group focuses on improving conceptual understanding of chemistry by examining the dynamics of teaching and teacher change. The goal of their work is to markedly reform instruction and improve chemistry learning across a variety of grade levels (high school and college). Projects employ quasi-experimental designs as well as phenomenological methods investigating teacher practice, beliefs and change, formative assessment, and characterizing teaching in chemistry outreach. Ellen is a Change Agent for Get the Facts Out and an active member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED). She chairs the DivCHED Board of Publication, is a member of the ACS Society Committee on Education, and is a Fellow of the ACS.
Jean Lee, PhD. -
Department Chair and Associate Professor in the School of Education, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Dr. Jean Lee is department chair and associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Indianapolis. She teaches undergraduate and graduate mathematics education and curriculum courses, and works in urban and rural classrooms to support K-12 STEM teachers. Her research interests include project-based learning and the preparation of teachers for high-need, urban school settings.