Welcome to the website for the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education. The purpose of the Raggio Research Center is to promote a better understanding of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines by providing quality programs focused in, among other areas, outreach and research. For more about our center's goals, please read the Raggio Research Center mission statement.
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September 2012: On Thursday September 20, 2012, the Nevada Discovery Museum is hosting the Tech Café. It is Northern Nevada’s premiere educational technology showcase for pre-service and classroom teachers! From 2:30-3:45pm on Thursday, pre-service teachers from the University of Nevada, Reno, Truckee Meadows Community College, and surrounding colleges of education are welcome for a FREE sneak peak at the Tech Cafe “teched-up” exhibits from the following rooms at the Discovery Museum: the Nevada Stories Room, Under the Stars, the Da Vinci Room, and the Cloud Climber/Truckee Connects exhibit. To create a robust Discovery Museum experience for teachers and their students, each of these rooms has had lesson plans created using the Common Core State Standards, 21st Century Skills, and other Nevada State Standards to base lessons from. Teachers can differentiate their lessons to use more or less technology with their students. Types of technology-integration include ActiveBoards, iPods/iPads, Web 2.0 technologies, audio/video, and other available classroom technology.
Pre-service teachers will have a special time allotted to visit the Discovery Museum, look at the exhibits, then join a discussion panel to talk about what they experienced at Tech Cafe. If pre-service teachers are interested in volunteering to meet class requirements, they can volunteer before, during and after the 4-8pm event for current classroom teachers. All Nevada educators—both PK-12 and higher ed—are welcome! Classroom teachers who attend get to be the first to sign up for 2012-2013 field-trips to the Nevada Discovery Museum—and the Discovery Museum pays transportation expenses and museum tickets are discounted!
University of Nevada, Reno & Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) instructors, tell your students about this great opportunity! For more information or for students to RSVP, please visit TechCafe 2012 or the Innovate Twenty-two/Tech Café Facebook page to RSVP and to LIKE us on Facebook!
If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Pennell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 1, 2012: The Raggio Research Center is pleased to announce the funding of the Northern Nevada English Learning Initiative (NNELI), a National Professional Development grant program funded by the United States Department of Education. The grant was sought by University of Nevada, Reno, College of Education, Associate Professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Rod Case, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, along with Co-Principal Investigators, Jacque Ewing-Taylor, Ph.D., Director of the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education, and David Crowther, Ph.D., Professor in Science Education, in consortium with the Washoe County School District. The grant was fully funded in May, 2012 by the Office of English Language Acquisition of the United States Department of Education. It is expected to continue for five years, with a total grant award of almost two million dollars ($1,935,167.)
NNELI's purpose is to improve instruction to English Learners (ELs) by providing professional development opportunities for pre-service teachers and in-service teachers and paraprofessionals in Northern Nevada. Most relevant to the students in your classes (EPY 330 a and 330b), this grant will give financial assistance to selected pre-service teachers at the University of Nevada, Reno as they seek an ESL endorsement. It will also pay for these pre-service teachers and selected licensed, practicing classroom teachers to take a course which focuses on strategies of working with ELs within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines through a Sheltered Instruction (SI) approach, and a second course on Academic Language in STEM. Lastly, NNELI will offer paraprofessionals training using multi-modal digital EL/STEM tools to better serve ELs in the classroom.The NNELI grant offices are housed in the Raggio Research Center. NNELI staff can be reached via email at email@example.com or (775) 682-7877. Check out the Northern Nevada English Learning Initiative website.