Networking STEM Initiatives to Enhance (NSITE) Adoption of Evidence-based Practices

Friday 10:55 am – 11:20 am PT / 11:55 am – 12:20 pm MT / 12:55 pm – 1:20 pm CT / 1:55 pm – 2:20 pm ET Online
Concurrent Session

Michelle Withers, Binghamton University
Erin Baumgartner, Western Oregon University
Jana Bouwma-Gearhart, Oregon State University
Xinnian Chen, University of Connecticut
Mark Graham, Yale University
Deb Pires, University of California-Los Angeles

Multiple initiatives have arisen to address the disconnect between theory and practice in post-secondary STEM education. While these initiatives share a common mission of making STEM education more effective and inclusive, they have been working primarily in parallel toward that shared goal and lack unity. The NSITE network is a venue through which to build connections between prominent STEM education transformation organizations, starting in the life sciences. Our mission is to foster joint efforts to increase our understanding of the complex systems problem-space in which we operate, improve the efficacy of each organization's programs, and ultimately speed diffusion of evidence-based instructional practices. In this presentation, we will share successes, challenges, areas of joint effort and lessons learned in fostering network development.

NSITE began in 2019 with nine national STEM education transformation groups: BioQUEST, CC BioINSITES, CIRTL, NWBC, POD, POGIL, PULSE, NIST, and SENCER. All nine organizations have persisted through the first two years of network development. During that time, the network partners have taken part in two in-person meetings and many virtual meetings to build functional relationships, share successful strategies, and identify areas of common challenge toward which they can work collaboratively. These organizations offer a breadth of programming available to both individuals and institutions looking for training, guidance, resources, and support while attempting transformation. Most of the organizations' programming is open to educators from any post-secondary institution type. While there is variation in their mechanisms for fomenting change, the most common areas of emphasis are pedagogy, course content/curriculum and faculty development offered in the form of workshops. Currently, two sub-groups within the network are jointly working on strategies to a) increase participation in professional development by historically excluded groups and b) better support efforts by alumni to transform their classrooms following participation in professional development programs.