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Research Award Goes to Kloser of Center for STEM Education

Written by William Schmitt on Thursday, 12 March 2015


Dr. Matthew Kloser, director of the University of Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, has received the 2015 Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) Award for his research article titled, “Identifying a Core Set of Science Teaching Practices: A Delphi Expert Panel Approach.”

The award is presented by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research.

The NARST judges chose Kloser’s piece as the most significant research article published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching during the past year.

“I’m honored and humbled to receive this recognition for my work on science teaching,” Dr. Kloser said. “I am grateful to everyone who supported and participated in this research, allowing me to contribute a small piece to the broader landscape of ambitious and impactful science education. We at the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education will continue our research efforts in this exciting and vital arena of instructional practice in science classrooms.”

Kloser’s research convened a group of national experts in science education that included scientists, science education researchers and educators and award-winning high school science teachers. After multiple rounds of qualitative analysis, this panel identified and moved toward consensus on a core set of instructional practices that potentially have the greatest opportunity to positively affect all students in the science classroom.

As part of the interdisciplinary Institute for Educational Initiatives and in collaboration with the Alliance for Catholic Education’s (ACE) Teaching Fellows faculty, the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education will continue to study and apply this research to improve science teaching in public and faith-based schools around the country.

Kloser earned a Ph.D. in science education from Stanford University in 2011 and began this work as a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching. A former science teacher in inner-city K-12 schools through Notre Dame’s ACE program, he collaborates on a number of projects focused on core instructional practices, science assessment, cognition, and whole-school STEM improvement.

The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education recently received a generous grant to launch a unique fellowship program designed to dramatically enhance STEM educators’ skills with a special focus on core instructional practices and school-wide impact initiatives. The Center is now accepting applications for the multi-year Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellowship.

For more information: Bill Schmitt (574.631.3893) at  

Originally published by William Schmitt at iei.nd.edu on March 11, 2015.

Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows: Apply Now

Written by William Schmitt on Monday, 02 February 2015

Early-career middle school teachers of STEM disciplines are invited to apply for a new, fully funded professional development program offered through the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education. The Trustey Family STEMTeaching Fellows program is recruiting highly motivated applicants for the initiative, with a March 31 deadline.

Those selected will build their instructional, assessment, and leadership abilities while living in residence at the University of Notre Dame for three consecutive summer institutes—two weeks every summer. They must continue to teach—and to learn from master teachers and national experts—at their schools during two academic years. A $6,000 stipend plus travel reimbursements extend through the duration of the fellowship.


The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, part of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, wants to receive applicants as school-based groups of 3-5 educators, with early-career teachers forming the majority of each team. Get more details about this unique fellowship, which will begin with institutes this summer.

Apply here.

Originally published by William Schmitt at iei.nd.edu on February 01, 2015.

Center for STEM Education Co-Sponsors Collaboration Forum

Written by William Schmitt on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

           The University of Notre Dame’s Colleges of Science and Engineering will host the eighth annual Collaborating for Education and Research Forum on Jan. 31, 2015, convening educators, researchers, executives, and other stakeholders for regional opportunities based on the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

            Forum VIII will focus on best practices in STEM teaching and learning. Dr. Matt Kloser, director of the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, will help launch the day of networking and conversations by speaking briefly about measuring the success of projects and practices applied to local goals—what works, and how does one identify promising interventions?

            The Forum is co-sponsored by the Colleges of Science and Engineering, the Notre Dame Center for STEMEducation (in the Institute for Educational Initiatives), Notre Dame’s Office of Public Affairs, and the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center. A number of groups will present exhibits to encourage participation in their efforts leveragingSTEM knowledge in the Michiana area.

            The Forum series has served in the past as an incubator for ideas and grass-roots community initiatives involving a variety of STEM practitioners. Representatives from K-12 schools, higher education, the for-profit and non-profit sectors fostering STEM awareness, and others are invited to explore together upcoming ventures inSTEM education broadly.

            This year’s Collaboration for Education and Research Forum takes place Jan. 31 on the Notre Dame campus, in the Jordan Hall of Science, with sign-in at 8:30 am. See the preliminary program here. Overview remarks begin at 8:55 am, and discussions will conclude by 2:30 pm. Attendees receive a free lunch during the showcase of collaborative projects, and registered K-12 teachers and administrators will receive a letter  of attendance for professional development certification at the conclusion of the event

            The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, based in the Institute for Educational Initiatives, embodies the University’s mission of collaboration and service through STEM research and the translation of research into practice. Its national outreach helps students, especially the underserved and those in Catholic K-12 schools, engage and excel in STEM disciplines.

            Notre Dame’s College of Science, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, co-hosts the annual conference with the College of Engineering as part of the University’s interdisciplinary teaching and research aimed at addressing crucial challenges and pursuing the common good, locally and worldwide.

            Register in advance at michianastem.org/forumVIII, free of charge.

Originally published by William Schmitt at iei.nd.edu on January 21, 2015.

Join the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education in Celebrating the Hour of Code

Written by Matthew Wilsey on Monday, 17 November 2014

Join the University of Notre Dame Center for STEM Education in celebrating Computer Science Education Week by promoting and participating in the Hour of Code!


The Hour of Code is an effort organized by Code.org to bring computer science to students and to show that everyone can learn the basics of computer programming.  During last year’s campaign, the Hour of Code reported that 15 millions students participated and that more females tried computer science than in the last 70 years!

The goal this year is to build on last year’s success and have tens of millions of students try programming during the Hour of Code between December 8-14, 2014.  The efforts during Computer Science Education Week are part of a larger effort by Code.org to have 100 millions students to complete an Hour of Code by the end of the calendar year!

We encourage you to try the Hour of Code and bring computer science into your classrooms.  The event introduces computation thinking and logic, while providing an authentic context to expand problem-solving skills.  There is no specific “hour” for the Hour of Code and you can use anytime during the week of December 8-14, 20014.  Code.org has a variety of hour-long tutorials for students of all ages and abilities.  Try out a few of the options athttp://code.org/learn.


Don’t worry if you aren’t comfortable with computer programming yourself!  All of the tutorials are self-guided and the site offers suggestions for all learning environments!  If you don’t have Internet access on devices for all of your students, they can work in pairs or small groups.  In fact, Code.org recommends this, so that the students can help each other and see that computer programming is social and collaborative.  If you don’t have any Internet or if consistent bandwidth is a concern, you can even complete unplugged or offline tutorials.

For more information about how to host an Hour of Code and to explore the available resources, please visithttp://hourofcode.com/us/resources/how-to.  Get inspired and excited by watching the Hour of Code’s promotionalvideo.

We hope that you will join us in participating in the Hour of Code and be sure to tweet at us (@STEMatND) with pictures and successes stories!

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