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8th Annual Conference for Promoting STEM

Motivating and Encouraging Students for STEM

Friday, November 14, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

1600 E. Golf Road, Room 1610
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Keynote Speaker

Lee Shumow, Ph.D.
Presidential Teaching Professor, Educational Psychology
Northern Illinois University

Enhancing Student's Motivation for Science

Lee Shumow received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1995. She examines relationships between educational adjustment and aspects of parenting (especially parental school involvement), neighborhood/ community characteristics, and time use  (especially homework, after school activities, reading, and community service). 

Featured Speaker

Jashid Fakhrid-Deen
Professor of Mathematics
Harold Washington College

Mathematical Glass Ceiling: Developmental Education

With approximately 60% of all students entering Higher Education requiring some sort of remediation in Mathematics, many institutions have/are redesigning their Dev. Ed. Math sequences to cater to student intent.  These Institutions are introducing Dev. Ed. students early to specific math skills necessary for success within their fields of study.   
As “we” develop these alternatives to the traditional Algebra heavy sequence, are we somehow turning students away from STEM concentrations by limiting students’ access to mathematics based on our preconceived notions of their abilities and interests?  Or are “we” truly tailoring our curriculum to better meet the needs/interests of our current students?

This talk will look at the structure of the Mathematics Developmental Education curriculum, trends, practices and issues.  It will also discuss preconceived notions of what Developmental Mathematics Students are capable of, given various identifiers: class, gender, ethnic background, socio-emotional issues, etc.

To register, click HERE which will take you to Eventbrite. The early bird conference fee is $25 effective until Nov. 1 after which the conference fee becomes $30 per person. With support from Oakton Student Government Association, we can offer $5 conference fee for the first 20 students who register.

For more information or for assistance with lodging, contact Gloria Liu, coordinator, Center for Promoting STEM, at or 847.635.1738.


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Joe Kotowski
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Professor, Mechanical Design & Mathematics
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