As reported by UA News:
Using images and data from the University of Arizona's Mars HiRISE camera, Sunggye Hong and Stephen Kortenkamp are creating educational experiences and tactile tools about the Red Planet to help students gain insight and interest in scientific exploration and study — and motivate students to imagine their future as scientists. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Project POEM, short for Project-Based Learning Opportunities and Exploration of Mentorship for Students With Visual Impairments in STEM, will involve 35 middle and high school students with visual impairments in a 14-month program meant to train them toward the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Read the full story.
With over 90% of participating teachers remaining in their profession for at least three years after participation, this innovative project offers teachers a combination of paid summer work experience in Arizona businesses and intensive coursework, leading to either professional development credit or a master’s degree. At the same time, it aims to retain excellent teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
UA College of Education, under the guidance of PI Bruce Johnson and project director Javier Lopez, partners with Tucson Values Teachers, industry partners, and Arizona school districts to provide a model of how these community members can successfully work together toward quality education for our children and youth.
Learn more about this 2.4 million project, originally funded by Science Foundation Arizona, with recent funding by Freeport MacMoRan Foundation and the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation.
Evaluation of UA Micro-campus Project
As mentioned in Inside Higher Ed:
University of Arizona wants to establish more than 25 “microcampuses” -- capable of collectively educating more than 25,000 students -- at partner universities around the world.
Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education will be leading an evaluation effort of the microcampuses, looking at a series of research questions including the experiences and outcomes for participating students and their reasons for selecting microcampus programs, and the experiences and outcomes for participating faculty, including as they relate to teaching collaboration and research production. “Quality control is the exact reason the UA microcampus will involve ongoing research,” Jenny Lee, a professor at the center who is leading the evaluation effort, said via email. “We will be surveying and interviewing participating students and faculty throughout the year and [in] years to come on a range of experiences and outcomes.” Read more here and here.
A team, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences is building graphic literacy skills of middle school students with visual impairments. By allowing students with visual impairments to customize their work environment, and access graphics in their preferred literacy medium, they are better positioned to succeed in algebra. These students will then have a solid foundation to persist in STEM fields. Dr. Rosenblum directs this three-year, $1.4 million project, in collaboration with Dr. Beal of the University of Florida. Find more information on the AnimalWatch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy website.
In an effort to improve library practices, programs, and services for adult patrons, especially economically vulnerable and socially isolated adults, seniors, English learners, unemployed and others lacking digital problem solving skills, researchers in Portland, Oregon will look at trends in adults’ digital literacy skills. These city-wide trends can then be examined alongside national and international data to make comparisons that have practical as well as policy implications.
Jill Castek is collaborating with Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon on this three-year, half-million dollar project, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
Read more on this work toward digital equity.
As powerful geographic information systems and technologies revolutionize planning and operations in the military, the University of Arizona has launched a project to encourage ROTC students and student veterans to pursue careers as scientists and engineers with the U.S. Navy. Led by the the College of Education's Sara Chavarria, an interdisciplinary team has launched "NAVy Intelligence through Geospatial Applications and TEchnology," or NAVIGATE, a three-year project with more than $748,000 in funding from the Office of Naval Research. Read more here or visit Project NAVIGATE.
The Indigenous Teacher Education Project (ITEP) is a 4-year project in partnership with the Gila River Indian Community, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tohoo O'odham Naiton, and Tucson Unified School District to strengthen the learning experiences of indigenous students by addressing the need to increase the number of Indigenous teachers serving Indigenous students, schools, and communities. The project is led by Valerie Shirley, in collaboration with Jeremy Garcia and Kari Chew. The ITEP will support a cohort of Indigenous preservice teachers in the Elementary Education Program, with a focus on Indigenous Education. Critical, and unique, the cohort will participate in the American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI), to further strengthen efforts to revitalize and promote the use of Indigenous languages in classrooms. The$1 million project is funded through the United States Department of Education.
As reported by UA News:
The University of Arizona has received a $2 million grant for a study to determine if adjustments to daily routines for youths with Type 1 diabetes can improve regulation of their glucose levels and enhance daily management of the disease.The five-year study will track routines such as sleep, diet, physical activity, school activity and diabetes management. It is being funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases."The ultimate goal is to know what aspects of sleep or other parts of their daily routines — and how families work together in those routines — should be incorporated into standard diabetes care," said principal investigator Michelle Perfect, a UA associate professor and associate program director in the School Psychology Program in the College of Education. Read the full story.
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