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  1. Audrey Cohan
  2. https://works.bepress.com/audrey-cohan/
  3. Professor/ Senior Dean of Research and Scholarship
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Molloy College
  1. Nicki Gonias
  2. Doctoral Assistant
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Molloy College
  1. Jennifer Watters-Delahunt
  2. Doctoral Assistant
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Molloy College

Noyce Ambassadors Program

NSF Awards: 1758474

2021 (see original presentation & discussion)

Undergraduate

The video showcases the academic, inquiry-based, and hands-on aspects of the Molloy College Noyce Ambassadors program. The summer internship experience offers opportunities to apply scientific and mathematical principles as well as work directly with horseshoe crabs. It is through this paid internship that the Noyce Ambassadors analyze data as well as participate in STEM activities that are in the fields of physical and biological sciences and mathematics. These are strategies that teachers will use in the future with their own diverse high school classes in high needs schools.

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Discussion from the 2021 STEM For All Video Showcase (24 posts)
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    Audrey Cohan

    Lead Presenter
    Professor/ Senior Dean of Research and Scholarship
    May 10, 2021 | 05:33 p.m.

    Welcome to the Molloy College Noyce Ambassadors Program's video. Molloy College is located in Rockville Centre, New York and we are completing our third year of the grant. To date, we have recruited 9 students to become biology, earth science, or mathematics teachers in high needs schools. Our partner in this NSF project is Nassau Community College and we are supported by Co-PIs and faculty associates. After you watch the video, please post two words (or more) that highlight what you are thinking or have learned. We look forward to reading comments and we will answer any questions that you may have. You can always reach me (Audrey Cohan, PI, at acohan@molloy.edu) if you have specific questions. Enjoy the video!

     
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    Anne Kern

    Facilitator
    Professor
    May 11, 2021 | 06:30 p.m.

    Hello Molloy College Noyce Team,

    The focus on "diverse and high needs students" is a plus for this program. I am curious what particular instruction strategies or pedagogies do you teach when ambassadors learn to teach a diverse and high-needs student population?

    Cheers,

    Annr

     
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    Jennifer Watters-Delahunt

    Co-Presenter
    Doctoral Graduate Assistant
    May 11, 2021 | 06:49 p.m.

    That’s a great question! When teaching in diverse and high needs student learning environments educators must gain an understanding of their students unique academic, emotional, and cultural differences so that we can help them on their academic and life journeys. To support a culturally sensitive learning community, we need to design and implement lessons that address all students’ academic needs and learning styles. Teachers must set high expectations for student success, and incorporate culturally responsive pedagogy into daily lessons.  Effective teachers help students set achievable goals and encourage them to focus on long-term improvement, not just grades on current assignments. In high needs districts educators must appreciate and encourage all types of family contributions pertaining to student/classroom/teacher relationships. Not only what is stereotypical. Reach out to families in their home language using google translate and by multiple means of communication. Effective teachers adjust the curriculum to address student differences rather than expect students to modify themselves for the curriculum. Using a variety of instructional techniques for diverse learners, such as peer group learning, cooperative learning, peer tutoring, community problem solving, and self-directed learning. Effective teachers can also help students make personal connections between their current cultural and academic experiences and the world or current events happening in society and how they relate to their lives. 

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    silvia Vaher

    May 11, 2021 | 03:34 p.m.

    Great work!

     
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    Jennifer Watters-Delahunt

    Co-Presenter
    Doctoral Graduate Assistant
    May 11, 2021 | 06:50 p.m.

    Thank you!

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    Audrey Cohan

    Lead Presenter
    Professor/ Senior Dean of Research and Scholarship
    May 11, 2021 | 05:14 p.m.

    Thank you!

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    Andrea Honigsfeld

    Higher Ed Administrator
    May 11, 2021 | 05:44 p.m.

    STEM education is critical, so impressed with this work, congrats to all!

     
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    Jennifer Watters-Delahunt

    Co-Presenter
    Doctoral Graduate Assistant
    May 11, 2021 | 06:50 p.m.

    Thank you!

     
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    Diane Callier

    K-12 Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 05:52 p.m.

    Excellent!  Awesome

     
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    Jennifer Watters-Delahunt

    Co-Presenter
    Doctoral Graduate Assistant
    May 11, 2021 | 06:50 p.m.

    Thank you!

     
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    Ann Cavallo

    Facilitator
    Assistant Vice Provost and Director, CRTLE
    May 12, 2021 | 12:49 a.m.

    Thank you for sharing your project! The collaborative relationship your Scholars have with mentor teacher is so important and clearly very meaningful to them. There was mention of a boot camp (if I understand correctly) - can you speak more of what is involved in the boot camp? Also, what are some of the ways you measure the impacts of your project on the Scholars' professional development as teachers?

     
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    Audrey Cohan

    Lead Presenter
    Professor/ Senior Dean of Research and Scholarship
    May 12, 2021 | 04:23 p.m.

    Hi Ann,

    The boot camp is designed to be a 2-week free session in which prospective teachers can "try out" some hands-on strategies and meet with educators to discuss what it is like to be a teacher of adolescent students in a high need school. We are hoping to recruit STEM students who may have never considered teaching as a profession. This year, there will be both virtual and in-person days as well as a boat trip from CERCOM (see video for more details). 

    Your next question is a good one: How do we measure the impacts of your project on the Scholars' professional development as teachers? We have graduated two Ambassadors but due to COVID they are only doing substitute work. We look forward to this September when they will obtain high school positions and we will begin a more formative assessment. Please reach out to me with any questions at acohan@molloy.edu

     
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    Ann Cavallo

    Facilitator
    Assistant Vice Provost and Director, CRTLE
    May 14, 2021 | 11:19 a.m.

    Sounds great - yes Covid has changed teaching and preparation for teaching quite a bit. Given the limited actual classroom time some have had this year, it will be interesting to follow their progress when we go back to teaching in person. Thank you.

     
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    Ryan Coughlan

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 12, 2021 | 03:56 p.m.

    You are all doing phenomenal work! K-12 STEM students need a more diverse teaching workforce, and you are helping make this possible. Thank you! 

     
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    Audrey Cohan

    Lead Presenter
    Professor/ Senior Dean of Research and Scholarship
    May 12, 2021 | 04:48 p.m.

    Thank you!

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    Erin Garrity

    May 13, 2021 | 12:54 p.m.

    What a great program!

     
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    Jennifer Watters-Delahunt

    Co-Presenter
    Doctoral Graduate Assistant
    May 13, 2021 | 08:43 p.m.

    Thank you!

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    Kelly Costner

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 13, 2021 | 07:36 p.m.

    Word 1: Mentoring

    Word 2: Relationships

    I'm very impressed by your project's focus on relationships between and among participants.  We, too, are finding that relationships are what our Noyce alums talk about most, and that they're maintained (even beyond our "formal" project events) independently beyond graduation.  We know now that the relationships are what we should be capitalizing on--seems y'all have known for some time!

     
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    Audrey Cohan

    Lead Presenter
    Professor/ Senior Dean of Research and Scholarship
    May 13, 2021 | 08:09 p.m.

    Thank you for your supportive comment and for highlighting that relationships are the foundation of student to student and teacher to student partnerships. We are also considering ways to formally include community relationships in our work. 

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    Elizabeth Allan

    Facilitator
    Professor; Secondary Science Education Program Coordinator
    May 13, 2021 | 08:41 p.m.

    What an innovative way to develop relationships. Are you finding that you are able to recruit students from underrepresented groups, and, does the focus on pedagogical practices include culturally relevant curriculum?

     
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    Audrey Cohan

    Lead Presenter
    Professor/ Senior Dean of Research and Scholarship
    May 14, 2021 | 11:36 a.m.

    Thank you for your interest in our Noyce Ambassadors Program. Yes, we are able to recruit students from underrepresented groups due to our partnerships with community colleges. Our courses integrate culturally relevant pedagogy and we often have Noyce meetings in which we read articles and discuss best practices for teaching adolescents from diverse backgrounds. For these discussions, I use articles from Educational Leadership.

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    Bruce Koehler

    May 14, 2021 | 08:36 a.m.

    This is an excellent program. Congratulations to all involved!

     
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    Perrin Chick

    STEM Education Specialist
    May 14, 2021 | 10:20 a.m.

    The mentor model is so powerful. Keep up the good work.

     
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    Audrey Cohan

    Lead Presenter
    Professor/ Senior Dean of Research and Scholarship
    May 16, 2021 | 09:20 p.m.

    Thank you!

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