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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 Students' Motivation for Science: The role of gender, the NGSS, & classroom practices

Within every science classroom there are students waiting to be inspired. Learn about: How teachers can inspire student motivation, some surprising findings about gender differences in science, and what this has to do with the Next Generation Science Standards. Lee Shumow, Distinguished Teaching Professor at Northern Illinois University, will present research-based strategies to enhance males and females’ motivation for science. Attendees will receive a copy of the book she and Jennifer Schmidt wrote for science teachers.

Featured Speaker

Jashed 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.

Additional Speakers

Nicole Lum on "Incorporating Literature in a Science Class"

Jen Gilbert on "Frisbee® Dog Physics: The Science of Flying Dogs™" - Come examine an inquiry-based physics lesson using media featuring Frisbee dogs and discuss how to create the same level of engagement in your classroom.

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
Director, Center for Promoting STEM
Professor, Mechanical Design & Mathematics
Room B231, Skokie
Gloria Liu
Coordinator & Co-Director, Center for Promoting STEM
Room 2166, Des Plaines
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