Workshop Descriptions

Friday March 21, 2014

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 Features of an LA Program

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.

Preparing and 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.

Making the Case: The Role of Data

This session provides examples of data that have been used to make the case for improved learning in LA-supported courses. In this session, participants will learn some methods for collecting and analyzing data from classroom assessments. Leaders will provide insight and experience on how to interact with different types and levels of administrators and faculty using data to support claims about effectiveness.

Saturday March 22, 2014

Preparing and 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.

Planning Next Steps

What happens next after returning from this workshop? This session provides opportunities for workshop participants to discuss and plan next steps for developing, implementing, or expanding the LA program at their home institution.

Using LAs to Transform your Classroom

Some faculty members have used LAs as a means by which to “flip” their classroom. Not only is this a great way to “sell” the program to colleagues, it is also quite productive for improving learning and attitudes in the classroom. In this session, the nuts and bolts of using LAs to flip your classroom will be discussed.

Using the LA Program to Support Teacher Recruitment Efforts

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.

Building 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.