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JOMO MUTEGI

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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 13, 2019 | 12:04 a.m.

    Welcome to the CTI-INSPIRE presentation! We are currently in our first year of funding, and our first Summer STEM Teaching Interns are engaged in their internships and a related 200-level summer course.

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    Tambra Jackson

    Higher Ed Administrator
    May 13, 2019 | 07:22 a.m.

    We are very excited and proud to have this program at IUPUI and in the Indianapolis community. Opportunity and access cannot be underestimated in changing the demographics of a STEM teacher workforce.

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 13, 2019 | 07:44 a.m.

    Tambra, I am sure through your work with the Freedom School Partners (https://www.indyfreedomschools.org/) and your research in general, you have been able to see first hand the benefits of a more diverse and representative pool of teachers. Thanks for visiting!

  • May 13, 2019 | 08:33 a.m.

    This project sounds very interesting, and needed! I am interested in how you recruit the college students. Your description on the right mentions "aggressive" approaches. What has worked?

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 13, 2019 | 10:39 a.m.

    Catherine, that is a great question! Our project provides full tuition support for students once they are college juniors or seniors in a STEM major. One of the challenges we face in trying to recruit underrepresented minorities is that by the junior year, attrition has greatly reduced the pool of available students. So, much of our effort is aimed at ensuring that eligible students make it to the junior year. Two ways we do this are by (a) recruiting high-achieving, high school juniors and seniors; and (b) providing financial and academic supports to interested college students during their freshman and sophomore years.

     
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    Robin Jones

    Graduate Student
    May 16, 2019 | 01:58 p.m.

    Dr Mutegi, I really enjoyed your video. I have one question about how you target recruits. Are you looking for students already in STEM, then recruiting them for teaching? Or students interested in teaching, then recruiting them to focus on STEM? Or perhaps you're doing both. I taught one class as an adjunct at IUPUI, and I had a few students dedicated to teaching who didn't realize how talented they were in math because they hadn't been successful in high school. I'm hoping such students could find STEM support enough to specialize in it through their teaching program. 

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 17, 2019 | 04:29 p.m.

    Robin, you raise a very good point. Many students do not realize their potential to be great STEM teachers because of negative experiences. To answer your question, we are doing both. Our recruitment approach is to encourage students to consider STEM teaching as a profession and to provide supports to them as they engage in that process. We want them to make well-considered, informed career decisions. The one challenge that a non-STEM student might have is that of completing the degree in a reasonable amount of time. So, a junior art major would have a lot more work to do than a junior engineering major.

     
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    Danielle Watt

    Facilitator
    May 13, 2019 | 03:24 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your project! What are the additional resources you provide to the freshmen and sophomores besides the summer internships - for example internship training, STEM course resources, etc.?

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 13, 2019 | 04:25 p.m.

    Danielle, thanks for asking. During the academic year preceding the summer internship, summer interns meets once a month for about 90 minutes. During this time we engage in workshops aimed at answering career oriented questions and familiarizing them with aspects of teaching that are not generally covered in methods courses. We invite practicing educators to visit with them and discuss their respective career trajectories. The types of topics we address include: careers in non-formal spaces and careers in administration; navigating the politics of K-12 schools; building effective partnerships with industry; and building effective partnerships in the community. These monthly workshops are one of the resources we provide and we have found that they help the interns to build a network among themselves.

     
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    Danielle Watt

    Facilitator
    May 15, 2019 | 11:55 p.m.

    I really like the pre-internship training topics as they can be critical to student/teacher success and access to resources. Bravo to you for offering this training prior to the internship. 

     
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    Terrell Morton

    Researcher
    May 13, 2019 | 06:35 p.m.

    Intriguing project. I find this idea to be a creative approach to engage students, particularly racially and ethnically diverse students in STEM education and teaching. In my experience, a lot of these identified student groups get to their junior and senior year of college STEM studies and then decide that education is something they wish to explore after "deep reflection" on aspects of who they are, what interests them, or their own experiences. Or, you find groups who after graduation consider education and seek lateral entry positions (as best as possible) to get into education. My question or thought is, have you all considered expanding your work to students in later "developmental" stages? Also, when it comes to licensures or ways by which they can engage in STEM teaching (like informal experiences)? 

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 13, 2019 | 07:56 p.m.

    Terrell, it's good to hear from you! I appreciate those questions. For your first question, the current structure of the program grew out of programmatic conditions at IUPUI. One of those is the limited recruitment pool among the upperclassmen. Your second question boarders on being prophetic. We have a newly developed "grow your own" partnership with a local district that offers modified preparation for elementary certification. The district-level administrators love the program and have expressed interest in a similar offering for secondary STEM certification.

     
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    Crystal Morton

    Researcher
    May 14, 2019 | 11:08 a.m.

     Dr. Mutegi,

    I am very excited about this project and the impact it will have on reshaping the STEM Education teaching landscape!  

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 14, 2019 | 02:17 p.m.

    Thanks, Crystal!

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    Demetrice Smith-Mutegi

    May 14, 2019 | 11:26 a.m.

    Dr. Mutegi, 

    Thank you for your leadership on this very important project in STEM education! All students deserve teachers who "look like them". I can't wait to hear more about the progress in the near future! 

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 14, 2019 | 02:18 p.m.

    Thanks, Demetrice! This project aligns closely with your own research interests.

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    Michelle Quirke

    Project Manager
    May 14, 2019 | 02:10 p.m.

    Dr. Mutegi, I was excited to learn more about your program that is providing resources to students interested in pursuing STEM teaching as a profession our community. Can you share how the success of internship placements in teaching will be tracked? 

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 14, 2019 | 02:24 p.m.

    Sure, Michelle. Our ultimate goal is to have interns commit to completing the teacher education program. So, the measure of success is the number of interns who make the commitment. Beyond that measure we are also collecting data on the internship experiences and interns' responses to those experiences. These data will help us to make the internship more effective in years to come. Thanks for visiting!

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    Terri Norton

    Higher Ed Administrator
    May 14, 2019 | 04:48 p.m.

    Very exciting program! I'm curious about the role of the community college in your collaboration. Are community college students able to participate as interns? Also, have you seen an increase in STEM interests from the K-12 students exposed to the interns?

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 14, 2019 | 10:26 p.m.

    Terri, we do have a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College. Currently 1/3 of our interns are from Ivy Tech, and our goal is to recruit about 1/3 of our students from there. As for the second question, our interns are still in the early stages of their internship. So it may be too early to assess the impact of the interns on the K-12 students they interact with. Thanks!

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    Salvador Huitzilopochtli

    Graduate Student
    May 16, 2019 | 01:03 p.m.

    What a great project!  Terri's question made me think of pipelines for STEM education that could start in the high schools.  Do you have any plans to promote the kind of interest that Terri mentioned and then foster a trajectory through the university?

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 17, 2019 | 04:36 p.m.

    Salvador, thus far our emphasis has been on recruiting college students. However, we have secondary partners and we do outreach  to secondary schools. We expect to increase our efforts with secondary students as we enter into our second year of funding.

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    Phillip Eaglin, PhD

    Facilitator
    May 14, 2019 | 05:33 p.m.

    Such important work!  Please keep doing it!  As an African American male STEM educator of 29 years, I know exactly how important it was for me to have STEM teachers who looked like me.  Question: Is there a support system for the new teachers after they enter the classroom?  What is that?  Are you connecting them to local, state, and regional networks like chapters of the National Alliance of Black School Educators?  

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 14, 2019 | 10:31 p.m.

    Phillip, it is good to hear from you. Please email me directly when you get a chance. IN answer to the first question, there is a support structure in place for graduates for the first five years. Much of the support is coordinated through IABSE (the Indianapolis Association of Black School Educators). During this five-year induction period, we also incentivize teachers to take part in professional associations, by helping to offset the fees of conference attendance.

     
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    Marcelo Worsley

    Facilitator
    May 14, 2019 | 05:35 p.m.

    Jomo,

    I wish this program had been around when I was in school. One of the great things about teaching is that it can force you to learn your own coursework better. Are you looking at how in-school academic performance changes alongside participation in this program?

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 14, 2019 | 10:37 p.m.

    Marcelo, that is an excellent suggestion. We had not planned to explore that topic, but we will have data that will provide some useful insight in that area. I will make a note of it. Thanks!

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    Cianna Anderson

    Undergraduate Student
    May 15, 2019 | 06:24 p.m.

    As one of the interns in this program, I think this will be an amazing experience. It is always good to be a helping hand in developing the minds of young people and allowing them to be exposed to STEM(M) is a bonus. 

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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 17, 2019 | 04:36 p.m.

    Thanks, Cianna!

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    Payton Howard

    Undergraduate Student
    May 15, 2019 | 06:25 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing, very informative !

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 17, 2019 | 04:37 p.m.

    Thank you, Payton!

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    Brandon Hamilton

    Undergraduate Student
    May 15, 2019 | 06:26 p.m.

    Excited about the program. So far it has been a fun and eye opening experience in the world of math and science teaching. 

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 17, 2019 | 04:37 p.m.

    Thanks, Brandon!

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    Nyasha Chinembiri

    Undergraduate Student
    May 16, 2019 | 12:41 p.m.

    This program has changed my view on teaching and teachers. It has show me how important teachers are to the world. Working hand in hand with my mentor has shown me how much work she puts in before and after school. As a student you do not see that side. 

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

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    May 17, 2019 | 04:38 p.m.

    Nyasha, thanks for sharing that insight!

  • May 18, 2019 | 07:34 a.m.

    Hi Jomo: Very powerful and important work! I love that you bring in community members to provide support for and share insights with the teaching interns. I would love to hear more about how you set this up and provide for continued interactions with community members. 

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

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    May 18, 2019 | 08:09 a.m.

    Angie, it's good to hear from you! Our efforts to involve community members is somewhat organic. We began with our partnering school districts, then the co-PIs and I drew from our professional networks to identify people who might be interested based on their work.  A few program activities, such as monthly workshops and an annual social provide opportunities for community interaction throughout the year.

     
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  • May 18, 2019 | 06:01 p.m.

    Thanks Jomo! I deeply value the participation with community, and understand how it has to be organic. It would be good to think more with you on how this matters both in school science and in TE. Thanks for such a powerful program!

     
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    Tamiko Porter

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 19, 2019 | 08:58 p.m.

    I echo other’s sentiments that this is a great video and a very needed project. I’m excited to work along with the team. 

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 20, 2019 | 07:25 p.m.

    Thanks, Tamiko! The team is excited to have you!

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    Robert Yost

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 20, 2019 | 08:17 a.m.

    I am excited to work with this group of educators in assisting and guiding the next generation of K-12 educators as they prepare for a future in teaching. This program will help in filling a void in under-represented teachers in Indiana.

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

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    May 20, 2019 | 07:25 p.m.

    Thanks, Robert!

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    Heidi Carlone

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 20, 2019 | 11:45 a.m.

    Jomo, this is great work! As you progress, I'd love to see your curriculum/syllabi. I'm looking for models about how to productively integrate culturally responsive/sustaining pedagogy as a regular and integrated feature of our entire elementary education program and will look to your program as a model. 

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 20, 2019 | 07:26 p.m.

    Heidi, I appreciate that. I will share some of what we have developed.

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    Marilu Lopez Fretts

    Bilingual Community Outreach Specialist
    May 20, 2019 | 07:18 p.m.

    Wonderful project! Thanks for sharing, Jomo.

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 20, 2019 | 07:27 p.m.

    Thank you, Marilu!

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    Makeda Cheatom

    Executive Director
    May 20, 2019 | 07:21 p.m.

    Great program! Please keep in touch. I would like to see how we can work together. 

     
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    Jomo Mutegi

    Lead Presenter
    May 20, 2019 | 07:27 p.m.

    Thanks, Makeda! Let's connect.

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