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Sigma Xi Education Partners

Partnerships with other organizations have allowed Sigma Xi to bring to our members and chapters opportunities in education for developing programs, recognizing excellence, attending conferences and training sessions, and participating in leadership roundtables. Current opportunities are listed below.

National Science Teachers Association
Sigma Xi is pleased to offer members of the NSTA special opportunities to be members of the Sigma Xi Affiliate Circle. Please click here for more information.

North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center http://www.ncsmt.org/

The Teacher Link Program (TLP) is a project jointly sponsored by Sigma Xi, the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center, the Teachers and Scientists Collaborating (TASC) program at Duke University, and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the goal is to improve science education in grades K-8 in North Carolina by implementing inquiry based instruction in the classroom. The aim of the Teacher Link Program is to connect teachers with scientists, engineers, and mathematicians that can serve as mentors to the teachers.

The Shodor Education Foundation http://www.shodor.org

The Shodor Foundation is a non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the advancement of science and math education, specifically through the use of modeling and simulation technologies. Through its National Computational Science Institute, Shodor's partnership with Sigma Xi is providing the opportunity for up to 15 chapters to host a workshop devoted to developing computational and computer modeling tools for undergraduate science and engineering faculty.
I just wanted to touch base to thank you for your visit to our campus. Your presentations were great, and the examples your chose made it easy to relate to our classrooms. We are still buzzing with ideas, and I hope we can speak soon to talk about other options for our faculty and local science teachers.

Malcolm Hill Fairfield University

Teach For America http://www.teachforamerica.org

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand opportunity for children. Since its inception in 1990, approximately 17,000 exceptional individuals have joined Teach For America, directly impacting the lives of more than 2.5 million students, and taking on leadership roles as alumni to increase opportunity for children.

North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Centerhttp://www.bwfund.org/programs/science_education/SMT/index.html
The Teacher Link Program (TLP) is a project jointly sponsored by Sigma Xi, the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center, the Teachers and Scientists Collaborating (TASC) program at Duke University, and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the goal is to improve science education in grades K-8 in North Carolina by implementing inquiry based instruction in the classroom. The aim of the Teacher Link Program is to connect teachers with scientists, engineers, and mathematicians that can serve as mentors to the teachers. For more information on the Teacher Link Program, please click here.

Council on Undergraduate Education (CUR) http://www.cur.org/
The mission Council on Undergraduate Education (CUR) of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. Opportunities range from participation in workshops, summer institutes, and conferences. Sigma Xi is a co-sponsor of the Symposium on Research Responsibility and Undergraduates at the 2002 CUR National Meeting. http://www.cur.org/conferences/ConnColl/Special%20Events.htm

National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST) http://www.ncsssmst.org/
Sigma Xi is piloting a project to work with special science and mathematics schools affiliated with this consortium of schools that provide special education programs in science, math and technology. Sigma Xi is testing a web-based program to support mentoring programs at three of these schools, the Governor's School of South Carolina, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Program Details

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) http://www.pkal.org
PKAL is an organization committed to improving environments for learning in higher education. Through workshops, roundtable discussions and summer institutes, PKAL has proven to be an active center for faculty interested in improving curricula, facilities, assessment techniques and the general educational environment. In 2000 and 2001, Sigma Xi members were offered the opportunity to apply to participate in PKAL Summer Institutes and Change Agent Roundtables. Such opportunities are announced to all members via Sigma Xi's occasional e-mail updates.

Reinvention Center at Stony Brook http://www.stonybrook.edu/
Reinvention Center is a national center focusing on undergraduate education at research universities. The Center was born of the excitement and intense national and international interest generated by the Boyer Commission Report, Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America's Research Universities (1998). Sigma Xi is working with the Reinvention Center on possible collaborations that will be announced to the membership.

Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) http://www.aacu-edu.org/sencer/index.cfm
SENCER is an NSF-funded national dissemination program of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) that connects science and civic engagement by teaching "through" complex, capacious and unsolved public issues, such as natural catastrophes, water quality, HIV disease, the Human Genome Project, energy alternatives, and nuclear disarmament. Through its summer institutes and various meetings and workshops throughout the year, SENCER is developing and impressive network of faculty and curricula devoted to this concept. Teams of Sigma Xi members will be eligible to participate in Summer 2002 activities.

High School Mentoring Partners

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM)
http://www.ncssm.edu/

National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST)
http://www.ncsssmst.org/

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy IMSA
http://www.imsa.edu/

The South Carolina Governors' School for Science and Mathematics
http://www.gssm.k12.sc.us/

 

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