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CESAME

Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education

Spend a year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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

 

CONTACT AND APPLICATION INFORMATION:

  • To apply, email your resume and cover letter to vista@wpi.edu. Your cover letter should answer the questions “why do you want to serve with CCSNE VISTA and why are you best suited for WPI’s VISTA position(s)?”
  • Questions can also be emailed to vista@wpi.edu.

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