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Spend a year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

May 3, 2018


Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs (POP) VISTA

The Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs VISTA position will conduct a landscape analysis of the PreK-12 STEM activities at WPI and the ways the WPI community can be involved.  The analysis will include investigating demographic data collection, program content and program evaluation measures.  The VISTA will make recommendations to the STEM Education Center and the Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach programs on improving the data collection process.  The VISTA will develop a framework model for the current state of partnerships/collaborations between WPI and the Worcester Public Schools (WPS).   The VISTA will also identify obstacles or missed opportunities for collaborations, advise on best practices related to university/school district partnerships and make recommendations for future collaboration. The VISTA will work in conjunction with a second VISTA who will be supporting the STEM Education Center at WPI. 

 

A successful VISTA should have a high level of interest in the state of public education and passion for closing the opportunity gap in STEM. In this position, the VISTA will have an opportunity to enhance their professional skills while contributing to improving access to STEM higher education for urban public school students through systems-level analysis and collaborative solutions generation. This position requires good communication and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, organization, good judgement, high level of adaptability, and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.  This individual will also exhibit a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and an interest to work with students and staff from diverse backgrounds. 

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with Institutional Research to determine best survey methods and develop a survey of programs at WPI.
  • Reach out to campus partners to assess current data collection practices.
  • Develop a communication plan and timeline for administration of the survey.
  • Coordinate the collection of survey data, assess and evaluate data, compile survey data report and present survey data for internal and external audiences through use of visual aids.
  • Make process recommendations for ongoing data collection and storage of WPI K-12 Programs.
  • Coordinate meetings with key partners at WPI and Worcester Public Schools (WPS).
  • Identify best practices and present recommendations to key WPI staff members.
  • Participate in staff meetings, meetings with VISTA team and one-on-ones.
  • Report on progress to supervisors.
  • Other duties as required to complete the VISTA Assignment Description (VAD) outlined objectives.

 

STEM Education Center (SEC) VISTA

The STEM Education Center VISTA position will collaborate with the Worcester Public Schools (WPS) and its Strategic Planning Advisory Board to evaluate its new plan focused on access and availability of higher level learning for all WPS students. This work will include evaluating the ability of all WPS high school students to access and participate in advanced learning opportunities that inform their future success as well as identifying barriers for specific WPS subgroups such as English Language Learners and out of school youth. The VISTA will collect and analyze data, and make future recommendations. Additionally, the VISTA will work to develop trainings on diversity and access issues in PreK-12 STEM education, as well as inclusive pedagogy for STEM outreach activities. Trainings will be developed for an internal WPI audience working with PreK-12 educators/students as well as for after school educators. The VISTA will work in conjunction with a second VISTA who will be supporting the Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs.

 

A successful VISTA should have a high level of interest in the state of public education and passion for closing the opportunity gap in STEM. In this position, the VISTA will have an opportunity to enhance their professional skills while contributing to improved access to STEM higher education for urban public school students through systems-level analysis and collaborative solutions generation. This position requires good communication and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, organization, good judgement, high level of adaptability, and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.  This individual will also exhibit a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and an interest to work with students and staff from diverse backgrounds. 

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Participate in research of the current state of advanced learning opportunities for Worcester Public School (WPS) students as well as issues of access, inclusion, and diversity in PreK-12 STEM education.
  • Work with Institutional Research and others to determine appropriate evaluation processes.
  • Reach out to partners to assess current data collection practices with WPS youth and families.
  • Develop a communication plan and timeline for administration of survey, focus groups and other evaluation plans.
  • Coordinate the collection of data, assess and evaluate data, compile data report, and present data for internal and external audiences through use of visual aids.
  • Identify barriers specific to certain subgroups in WPS.
  • Identify best practices and present recommendations to key stakeholders.
  • Coordinate meetings with key partners (such as WPI and WPS).
  • Co-create trainings for various stakeholders of issues of equity, access, and STEM education.
  • Participate in staff meetings, meetings with VISTA team and one-on-ones.
  • Report on progress to supervisors.
  • Other duties as required to complete the VISTA Assignment Description (VAD) outlined objectives.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline or Education preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in or knowledge of informal education environments.
  • Experience using the Microsoft office suite and Qualtrics.
  • Ability to create data visualizations using Excel or other similar tools.
  • Ability to research journals and other resources for relevant information.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good teamwork skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Valid driver’s license preferred.
  • Conditional offer pending a criminal background check.

 

 

BENEFITS OF AMERICORPS VISTA SERVICE:

  • Bi-weekly living allowance (stipend) of $542.22
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($5,920) or post-service stipend ($1,800) upon successful completion of the program
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment (depending on lender)
  • Relocation assistance (for candidates moving more than 50 miles to serve)
  • Healthcare benefits
  • 10 days of personal leave and 10 days of sick leave
  • Access to professional development opportunities
  • One year of noncompetitive eligibility for federal government positions
  • Child care assistance

WPI SITE BENEFITS

  • $100/month discount for WPI housing including utilities
  • Meal card
  • Gym pass
  • Free parking
  • Opportunities for professional growth

 

Become a CSU STEM VISTA!

Become a CSU STEM VISTA !

May 1, 2018


About CSU STEM VISTA: 

In alignment with the values and priorities of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) in the CSU, Office of the Chancellor, the CSU STEM VISTA program advances the CSU’s commitment to inclusivity, equity and student success in STEM. Our work is focused on eliminating race, class, and gender disparities in STEM by fostering cultural and systemic change within our institutions and communities. The CSU STEM VISTA program is unique in that we do not provide grant funding, but rather a full-time individual for one year (July 2018 – July 2019) who can support a variety of campus projects related to closing the equity gap in STEM. As a short-term resource, this individual, the AmeriCorps*VISTA member, helps to build the long-term sustainability of campus programs. Your proposed year-long project for the VISTA member must be developed with the goal to phase out the need for a VISTA member and for the proposed project to have the capacity to continue without them. During the past four years, CSU STEM VISTA members have helped campuses launch peer mentoring programs, expand partnerships with K-12 schools, develop academic enrichment trainings and workshops, and establish academic internship and research opportunities for women, first generation, low-income and students of color in STEM.

FIND OUT WHAT Cal Poly alumni have to say about being a CSU VISTA

Link to all position descriptions: http://www.calstate.edu/cce/vista/become-a-vista/position-descriptions.shtml

Application Deadline: 5/21/18

Start & End Date: 7/13/18 - 7/12/19

Location (varies by position): Humboldt State, CSU Stanislaus, San Jose State University, CSU Monterey Bay, Fresno State, Cal Poly SLO, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Northridge, CSU Los Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU San Bernardino, CSU Long Beach, CSU San Marcos, San Diego State University

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Fortune Schools visit Learn By Doing Lab!

Fortune Schools visit Learn By Doing Lab!

Apr 23, 2018


Future Cal Poly students loving science at the "Learn By Doing Lab" on campus April 18, 2018. 

I sang, 'Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around' all day long. I've partnered with Cal Poly for 5 years and remarkably, we opened a science-themed high school together last fall with over 90% black students. My students will be Cal Poly ready. Diversity takes commitment. We are in it with Cal Poly for the long haul." - Margaret Fortune

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Teach at Astrocamp!

Feb 15, 2018


 

Instructor – School Year Position

Teach at Astrocamp! We are currently hiring instructors for the Fall 2018. Astrocamp is a unique non-profit education center that specializes in astronomy and physical sciences.

Located on a forested campus near the town of Idyllwild at an elevation of 5,600 feet amidst the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California. Over 16,000 students from 8-14 years old attend Astrocamp each year. With excellent teaching facilities we bring science to life through hands-on, experiential classes and activities. Our labs and facilities include a heated pool; extensive ropes course and rock wall, innovative classrooms, and two state of the art telescope viewing areas with CCD capabilities.

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Part-Time Job Opportunity

Nov 29, 2017


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CSU EduCorps

Nov 7, 2017


EduCorps is the community of students dedicated to shaping the future through teaching.

Member Benefits:

✓ EduCorps Alerts

  • Inspiring videos, teacher talks, issues of the day, financial aid updates

✓ Events and announcements from your CSU campus 

  • Speakers, job fairs, informal gatherings, seminars, advising information, conferences

✓ Personalized Application and Credential Checklists

  • Coursework, tests, fieldwork, etc.

✓ Networking opportunities

  • Meet, chat, share with other EduCorps members

 

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MOXI: The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

PAID Internship Opportunity

Jul 31, 2017


MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, located in Santa Barbara, CA, is seeking motivated, creative people for a yearlong apprenticeship in informal science education. This program includes hands-on experience through a paid internship as a member of MOXI’s floor staff team, four quarters of instruction in informal science education through UC Santa Barbara, and opportunities to interact with a diverse group of learners of all ages in a variety of settings on the museum floor, Interactive Media Theater, Exploration Lab, Innovation Workshop makerspace, and offsite at local schools, youth organizations, and public events. Apprentices also learn to develop facilitation strategies and NGSS-aligned curriculum, conduct program evaluations, train volunteer floor staff, and generate creative, innovative ideas for informal science learning. For more information about the MOXI Apprenticeship in Informal Science Education, please visit – http://www.moxi.org/apprentice.

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Get paid, earn credit and gain teaching experience with TeAMS

Jun 15, 2016


This post has been paid for by the Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education, and does not reflect the editorial coverage of Mustang News. 

It’s a Friday afternoon and recess has officially commenced at Paulding Middle School in Arroyo Grande. Gaggles of middle-schoolers litter the locker-lined hallways, as Cal Poly liberal studies sophomore Emily Harrison navigates her way through the crowd to Ms. Mejia’s seventh grade math classroom. Here, Harrison is a Teacher Assistants in Mathematics and Science (TeAMS) participant, a paid early field experience for K-12 STEM teachers. Read more...

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