SENCER Summer Institutes

2017 SENCER Summer Institute

Stony Brook University LogoThe 2017 SENCER Summer Institute (SSI) will be hosted by Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York on August 3-6,
2017.

We are excited to deliver an Institute program which will address issues of critical importance for the SENCER community. In addition to the newest iterations of core sessions on course design and research-based approaches to learning, we are proud to announce a slate of plenary speakers to lead the program and address a variety of these critical areas, including:

  • conversations about the changing landscape for civic engagement as a pedagogical approach,
  • educational synergies between STEM and the humanities,
  • strategies for scaling STEM education reform efforts,
  • challenges related to diversity and inclusion in science, and
  • examples of the impact of SENCER practice on career advancement.
Read about the SSI 2017 Plenary Speakers

Beyond these main sessions, we remain committed to ensuring that the program responds to your needs as educators. The SSI 2017 registration process will again give us a sense of the interests, goals, and talents, that you bring to the Institute, along with with the logistical information needed to make your experience comfortable and enjoyable. You will also be able to propose a poster or concurrent session as part of the registration process. The deadline to propose a poster or session is May 19, 2017.

  • Registration, available from until June 16, 2017, will be $750 per registrant.
  • Late registration, beginning June 17, 2017, will be offered on a space-available basis and will be $800 per registrant.

All Institute registation payments are due July 7, 2017. No refunds will be issued after this date.

The Institute registration fees include the following:

  • Admission to all educational sessions
  • All related session materials
  • Breakfasts on all days except Thursday, August 3rd
  • Lunches on all days except Thursday, August 3rd
  • Dinner on Thursday, August 3rd and Saturday, August 5th
  • Poster reception on Friday, August 4th
Register for SSI 2017 View SSI 2017 Travel and Lodging Information

The SSI 2017 webpage will be updated as the Institute approaches with more information on the speakers, program, and logistics.

We look forward to your participation and to what we can accomplish at this year’s Institute!

If you have any questions about the SENCER Summer Institute, please contact Kyle Simmons, NCSCE’s Faculty Development Events Manager, at kyle.simmons@ncsce.net.


2016 SENCER Summer Institute

Roosevelt University

The 2016 SENCER Summer Institute was hosted by Roosevelt University from July 28th – August 1, 2016.

The central theme of this year’s Institute was transformation. Transformation is expressed throughout several facets of our work in 2016, from the continued progress in our SENCER, SENCER-ISE and Engaging Mathematics projects to our pursuit of opportunities emerging from new partnerships and initiatives, and our organization being profiled in a recent USC monograph by Adrianna Kezar and Sean Gehrke as a Community of Transformation in STEM reform.

The major aims for this year’s program included conversations about the STEM reform ecosystem, examples of SENCER work on campus and of the SENCER approach in real-world problems, and assessment of SENCER work. Other topics covered in the 2016 program include:

  1. Civic Intersections of STEM and Humanities
  2. Communities of Transformation: Maximizing Impact
  3. Public Engagement with Science
  4. Foregrounding Quantitative Literacy in Civic Life
  5. Science and Technology for Social Good
  6. Leading Change: Aligning Institutional and Personal Priorities

Program Book

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2015 SENCER Summer Institute

 

Alden Hall WPIThe 2015 SENCER Summer Institute was hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute from July 30th – August 3, 2015.

2015 marked the 15th SENCER Summer Institute and the 15th anniversary of SENCER, an occasion which gave us the opportunity to collectively reflect on where SENCER has been and on the direction of SENCER going forward.

The past 15 years of SENCER have yielded important accomplishments toward our goal of expanding civic capacity by applying the science of learning the learning of science. More than 2,500 educators and students from over 500 institutions from 45 states and 9 countries have participated in our annual Summer Institutes and Washington Symposia. Our efforts have resulted in 50 model courses, curricular approaches to improve science learning, 16 backgrounders, syntheses of the issues we use to teach science, and nearly 100 papers in our International Journal. All of this in the service of the many thousands of students, faculty, and communities impacted by the work of the National Center through educators’ participation in these endeavors.

SENCER’s path forward includes several new approaches toward accomplishing our goals. In addition to continuing work on the SENCER-ISE, and Engaging Mathematics initiatives, we are identifying further outgrowths for SENCER programs. We are also identifying new opportunities for participation in SENCER symposia, both at the regional level, through a focus on our regional SENCER Centers for Innovation, and with new national meetings in the coming years to further develop SENCER practitioners.

Program Book

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2014 SENCER Summer Institute

SSI 2014The 2014 SENCER Summer Institute was hosted by the University of North Carolina Asheville from July 31 – August 4, 2014.

The program for the Institute included all-Institute plenary sessions, workshops on effective pedagogies, examples of successful campus and community applications, and opportunities to meet formal and informal educators, administrators, students, and others from across the country interested in contributing to a civically engaged society and the improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

In response to suggestions made on the SSI 2013 evaluations, we also introduced an orientation program to the Summer Institute, held just prior to the opening plenary address and gala welcome dinner on July 31. The program included discussions on the history of SENCER, the theory behind our work and initiatives, and how to make the best of all that the Institute offers.

The Institute program also featured many opportunities for participants to present information on their own work to improve STEM education, including concurrent sessions and two poster sessions, one focusing on community programs, and another focusing on campus programs. SENCER provided teams the opportunity for personal consultations with leaders to work intensely on the implementation of team-planned project(s).

Teams will also be eligible to apply for post-Institute implementation awards in the fall to support on-campus implementation of ideas worked on during the Institute.

Please see the resources at right for pictures, PDF files from invited posters and sessions, and information on Post-Institute Implementation awards.

Notes on the Program


2013 SENCER Summer Institute

SSI 2013The 2013 SENCER Summer Institute was held from August 1-5 in California, hosted by Santa Clara University. Santa Clara University (SCU) has been an integral part of SENCER since 2001, and has hosted several Summer Institutes.

Santa Clara is also the host institution for the SENCER Center for Innovation-West, co-directed by Amy Shachter and Steve Bachofer. SCU faculty and administrators have applied the SENCER approach in impressive ways, and will be sharing the results of that work with colleagues at the Institute.

During the Institute, SENCER offered sessions designed particularly for the needs of newcomers, and those with advanced experience. A suite of follow-up activities for teams will support the post-Institute work back on campus during the fall following SSI 2013.

Teams will also be eligible to apply for post-Institute implementation awards in the fall to support on-campus implementation of ideas worked on during the Institute.

SSI 2013 RosesThe Institute program also featured many opportunities for participants to present information on their own work to improve STEM education, including concurrent sessions and a poster reception. Networking opportunities and designated team time, often noted by past participants as two of the most valuable parts of the Institute, were prioritized in planning. Specific sessions were determined based on needs and interests of invited participants. SENCER provided teams the opportunity for personal consultations with leaders to work intensely on the implementation of team-planned project(s).

In addition to the programming detailed above, the Institute featured sessions on programs such as the newly announced SENCER-ISE II project, new collaborations with national organizations, reflections on science and human rights, lessons learned from activities of the SCEWestNet (funded by the Keck Foundation), new SENCER regional centers, a program with Magna Publications to create faculty development support webinars, and more.


Archived Summer Institute Information

2012 SENCER Summer Institute
2011 SENCER Summer Institute
2010 SENCER Summer Institute
2009 SENCER Summer Institute
2008 SENCER Summer Institute
2007 SENCER Summer Institute
2006 SENCER Summer Institute
2005 SENCER Summer Institute
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2002 SENCER Summer Institute
2001 SENCER Summer Institute