Workshop Descriptions

Friday March 27, 2015

LA Program Overview


Introduction to the multiple goals of LA programs; examples of flexible adaptation of the model to various types of colleges and universities; data of student learning, impacts on LAs, and teacher recruitment and preparation. This session will serve as an introduction to themes that run throughout the workshop.

Essential Elements of the LA Model

This session focuses on the three key experiences of LAs: interactions with students, weekly content preparation meetings, and participation in a math and science teaching course. The roles of LAs, faculty, and curricular materials will be highlighted as participants analyze videos of LAs working with students, videos of weekly content prep sessions, and materials designed for students to engage in scientific and engineering practices, as articulated in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Starting an LA Program

This session details nuts and bolts for actually launching an LA program at a small or large  scale. LA Directors who have successfully emulated the LA model in various institutional  contexts will provide guidance and share tips for starting the program and overcoming  obstacles.

 Supporting LAs: The Pedagogy Course

This session reviews the LA Pedagogy course in past and current instantiations. The  pedagogy course at BU has undergone many changes due to growth of the program,  changes in university norms, and needs of the faculty and students. This session introduces   the goals and purposes of the pedagogy course and reviews some of the latest materials   and course plans that are used. LA Program emulators provide examples of how they have   adapted and created materials to fit their needs.

Getting Started in Measuring Student Learning

A brief overview of the international scale of the LA program along with estimates of the large numbers of programs, LAs, faculty, and students impacted as well as an introduction to materials available to LA Alliance members. We will then provide an overview of how to collect and analyze student learning gain data. We will also explore different ways of displaying learning gains data for different audiences (i.e. faculty, administrators, etc.).


Saturday March 28, 2015

 Supporting LAs: Faculty-led Content Prep Sessions

Many things may (or may not) happen in the weekly sessions that are led by faculty to  prepare LAs for the upcoming week, or to reflect on the previous week, or to analyze   assessment data, etc. The focus of this session is on multiple strategies for using the weekly  session time to maximize benefit for LAs and Faculty. Includes video analysis of weekly prep sessions.

Recruiting and Supporting Faculty

LA programs can increase traction and university support with increases in faculty, department, and student involvement. In this session strategies for engaging faculty in using LAs are discussed.

Ways to Use LAs

This session introduces different ways that LAs can be incorporated into a learning environment to facilitate productive interactions with students in- or outside of the classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to plan the best way to use LAs in their course based on their own corse structures, goals, and needs. This session will conclude with a panel discussion with faculty members who have experience incorporating LAs in their courses in different ways.

Recruiting K-12 STEM Teachers

Many institutions with LA programs are also involved with teacher recruitment efforts like PhysTEC. In this session, a Master Teacher-in-Residence will discuss the development and implementation of a PhysTEC program and its symbiotic relationship with an LA program.

 Scaling and Sustaining an LA Program

This session focuses on how to “sell” your program to administrators and funding agencies. Secrets about how to maximize administrator enthusiasm for the work are shared. This session is based on understanding how your program meets multiple university goals.