I trust that this semester is proceeding as planned for you. We are fast approaching the end of the first semester of full implementation of three Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). Please visit our website for full descriptions of the current FLCs. Our other Fall programming includes Supplemental Instruction, STEM Club and After School Academy. The Saturday STEM Academy began on October 24 with test prep for the ACT in English, math and Science. The STEM CTL would like to thank Prof. Shadi Assaf for the STEM Speaker Series and Prof. Sudipta Roy for his student investment club presentation.
Inside this issue you will be updated on these and other activities sponsored by the STEM CTL. Technology trainings, workshops, presentations and webinars will continue to be provided, and we welcome you to share your expertise with your colleagues. Please stop in to see one of our technology staff if you have questions or wish to update your skills on various techniques. We appreciate your continued support!
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The Physical Science department invited Lisa Cabral who works in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field to speak to Olive-Harvey students about the application of STEM subjects in real-life professions. The STEM speaker encouraged students to pursue careers in the STEM fields. The presentation was hosted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 1:30 - 2:30 pm in Room 3225.
Lisa Cabral, Physical Therapist at Edward Hines Jr., Veterans Administration Hospital has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a doctorate degree in physical therapy from Marquette University. Participants learned about the remarkable field of physical therapy and how physical therapists use science, medicine, and technology to help patients manage joint and muscle pain, weakness, balance, walking difficulty, and swelling.
As a coordinator, I had to rely on a few select students, Tyree Howard and Robert Newson, whose willingness and dedication to learn, ultimately resulted in a successful launch of the Investment Program. Since its inception in Spring 2015, students consistently followed a routine in order to maintain the pace of learning. In the beginning of a semester, students picked a set of five random stocks based on common sense. Halfway through the semester, students picked another set of five stocks based on their learning of market fundamentals. On a weekly basis, every Wednesday, students were required to meet to discuss chapter readings, portfolio performances from a previous week, and then analyze external economic factors that could potentially indicate future directions of the financial market. It is important to note that students were required to submit an Excel spreadsheet showing any percentage changes of each of their ten stocks on a weekly basis. Additionally, they had to submit a written paragraph explaining why prices of a stock might have increased or decreased. Towards the end of eighth week, Tyree and Robert presented a PowerPoint presentation (as shown in the pictures) that focused on expectations of the program, experience and knowledge gained, comparisons of first and second portfolio, and the importance and future growth of the program.
STEM CTL Programs Fall 2015
Supplement Instruction Wrap-Up for Fall 2015
This Fall 2015, the STEM CTL supported 7 courses with 6 SI Leaders. We celebrated the end of the semester in style as we recognized each of the SI leaders for their hard work and dedication to the students.
- 43% of students enrolled in classes with an SI leader attended SI sessions
- The student success rate for students who attended SI sessions was 71% versus 58% success for students who did not attend SI.
After School Academy
The After School Academy @ Julian HS has finished another semester at Percy L. Julian High School. The program ran from September 9, 2015 – December 10, 2015. Academic coaching sessions were 1.5 hours each day, on either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30pm – 5:30pm.
The mission of the After School Academy is to provide students with academic support in the areas of English, Reading, Science and Math. Also, to improve the academic achievement of students through increasing their knowledge and skills, school attendance, and time devoted to their academic career by providing additional, instruction and guidance.
The After School Academy @ Julian High School is an extension of the courses offered and Julian High School. The academic coaching sessions were designed for students to improve test scores, complete missing assignments and homework, improve study skills, improve classroom attendance, and improve note-taking skills.
This semester the After School welcomed four new Academic Coaches:
Fitzhubert Barclay – English & Reading – Kennedy-King College
Paul Buckner – Math – Olive-Harvey College
Jo'Van Harrison – Math – Kennedy-King College
Tonia Humphrey – English & Reading – Truman College!
Each Academic Coach will return for the Spring 2016 semester which is set to begin on February 8, 206. The STEM CTL appreciates their continued support and commitment to the students at Julian High School.
For more information about the program download a copy of the 2015 – 2016 After School Academy Handbook.