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Investing in the Classroom Community with PLFS - NMHEAR 2013
Transcript of Investing in the Classroom Community with PLFS - NMHEAR 2013
Peer Learning Facilitators What are STEM Gateway courses? Core Requirement, Entry Level Program Requirement, and/or Survey courses within Dept. of Education-approved STEM disciplines that can be applied towards degrees in these disciplines
Companion courses (labs, problem solving courses, etc.) that are connected to Core Requirement or Program Requirement courses
Pre-requisite courses that are required by students to take Core Requirement or Program Requirement courses undergraduate and graduate students
academically qualified in the course
aware of the challenges in Gateway STEM classes
eager to help their peers succeed academically through collaboration and mentorship Benefits of the
PLF Program? The University of New Mexico STEM Gateway program seeks to increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining STEM degrees.
STEM Gateway initiatives focus resources on undergraduate science and math courses that serve as gateways to STEM degrees, and that traditionally have had low success rates. The STEM Gateway program is funded through a U.S. Department of Education TITLE V grant, 2011-2016 (total anticipated funding $3.82 million). Students: extra academic support
success in STEM paths Faculty: feasible collaborative learning activities
eyes on the floor
strengthened upper-level community PLFs: immersion in difficult material
multiple mentorship opportunities
academic on-campus job Does having a classroom community even matter? What does a classroom community look like? Math
Earth & Planetary Sciences Community: has independent, autonomous members
may look different at different times
is often part of larger communal spaces
Mary Cianflone, STEM Gateway, University of New Mexico Questions?
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