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An Iowa State program enhances teaching of STEM in elementary schools

An Iowa State program enhances teaching of STEM in elementary schools, 00:02:28

Iowa State University and Des Moines Public Schools recently received a $4.5 million grant to improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering and math in elementary schools. The Trinect program brings together a Des Moines teacher, an ISU student teacher, and a graduate engineering student to an elementary classroom one day a week. The program is designed to bring together these 3 experts in different fields to better educate students on STEM subjects. The Trinect program will continue for 5 years, but it's already having a positive impact on students and teachers alike.

Iowa State alumni making big impact at Scavo Alternative High School

Iowa State alumni making big impact at Scavo Alternative High School , 00:03:15

Iowa State University is playing a key role in making Iowa’s high school graduation rate the best in the nation.

ISU 4U Promise students attend DAVinCI Flight Camp

ISU 4U Promise students attend DAVinCI Flight Camp, 00:03:15

A group of ISU 4U Promise students experienced what it might be like to be an engineer last week at the Davinci Flight Camp. The camp, which took place at the Grubb YMCA in Des Moines, gave children the chance to design and fly their own gliders using a video game.



ISU 4U Promise is a partnership between Iowa State University, Des Moines Public Schools and community-based organizations to make college more accessible. ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa 4-H Youth Development, the YMCA, DAVinCI Flight, and the Iowa Space Grant Consortium are helping sponsor the camp.

The ISU 4U Promise gives some elementary students a chance to earn free tuition to Iowa State

The ISU 4U Promise gives some elementary students a chance to earn free tuition to Iowa State , 00:02:23

Iowa State President Steven Leath signed the ISU 4U Promise agreement at Moulton Elementary. The program is designed to make college more accessible and affordable for students at King Elementary and Moulton Extended Learning Center in Des Moines. The program, first announced two years ago, gives students the chance to earn tuition awards ranging from 20 percent to 100 percent.

Iowa State graduate balances school and gymnastics

Iowa State graduate balances school and gymnastics, 00:02:25

Graduating senior Michelle Shealy has spent most of her life competing in gymnastics. And after graduating high school with a 4.0 GPA, she came to Iowa State University looking to excel both in the gym and in the classroom. It worked. In 2014 Shealy became the Big 12 Gymnastics Scholar Athlete of the Year, and she's graduating with a degree in elementary education.

Postcard from Campus: Lagomarcino Courtyard

Postcard from Campus: Lagomarcino Courtyard, 00:00:48

Grab a book and enjoy one of the most peaceful spots to study on campus, courtyard at Lagomarcino Hall.

ISU partnership with King and Moulton elementary schools

ISU partnership with King and Moulton elementary schools, 06:08

During a special ceremony honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at Moulton Elementary School in Des Moines, ISU President Steven Leath encouraged students to take part in a new program that could earn them full-tuition scholarships to Iowa State. Leath was the keynote speaker at the event. He announced the partnership between Iowa State and Moulton and King elementary schools at his installment last September.

Technology

Technology, 00:01:42

What is alum Sarah Brown Wessling thinking? Not only allowing students to have their mobile phones in class, but encouraging them to use it? In Wessling’s language arts classes at Johnston High School, students are taught to embrace technology and Wessling, the 2010 National Teacher of the Year, works to incorporate multimedia lessons into her curriculum. The teacher is quick to note that even though she’s at the head of the class, the students do a lot of teaching when it comes to new technology.

White House Experience

White House Experience, 00:01:39

It’s not every day you get to meet the president of the United States, let alone introduce your family to him, tour the Oval Office, and talk candidly about teaching in today’s society. For alum Sarah Brown Wessling, this rare opportunity kicked off her reign as the 2010 National Teacher of the Year. The language arts teacher from Johnston High School said the acceptance ceremony was a time to represent all teachers and be a voice for every student.

What I learned

What I learned, 00:01:10

As the 2010 National Teacher of Year, one might think that Sarah Brown Wessling knows it all when it comes to teaching. Not so, says the language arts teacher from Johnston High School. An avid learner and participant of Project Opportunity during her years at Iowa State University, the teacher now tries to create similar collaborative learning environments among her peers and in her classroom.

Sarah Brown Wessling- Meant to be a Teacher

Sarah Brown Wessling- Meant to be a Teacher, 00:01:06

“It was kind of epiphany,” says alum and 2010 National and Iowa Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling. The nationally-known educator said the road to her classroom wasn’t always obvious, but after jumping around from major to major, she realized she was meant for teaching English literature. We couldn’t agree more.

Fond Memories of Iowa State University

Fond Memories of Iowa State University, 00:01:06

They appear to her like photographs, snippets of doing the right thing, in the right place, at the right time – and right here at Iowa State University. Alum and 2010 National and Iowa Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling shares some of her favorite recollections from her days on campus and in Iowa State classrooms.

Fundamental Philosophy

Fundamental Philosophy , 00:01:18

To create lifelong learners, you have to be one yourself, according to Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National and Iowa Teacher of the Year and Iowa State University alumna. Her experiences as an undergraduate research assistant and everyday conversations with faculty members spurred this educator to create a classroom of her own, filled with good habits of mind, inquisitive learning, and student-focused lessons.

Three Pieces of Advice

Three Pieces of Advice, 00:00:51

Sarah Brown Wessling sees language as more than a functional part of living. To the 2010 National and Iowa Teacher of the Year, language is what can connect -- or divide -- people. But more importantly, this Iowa State alum sees the written, spoken, and non-verbal language as how we learn to understand each other as human beings

Elisabeth Godfrey

Elisabeth Godfrey, 00:07:53

CHS Graduate Elisabeth Godfrey recounts her adventures teaching abroad in Indonesia.

Kevin Foster, junior in early childhood education

Kevin Foster, junior in early childhood education, 00:02:59

Kevin Foster, a junior in early childhood education, has developed a passion for improving children’s lives through interactive instruction. His journey to becoming an educator of the very young has been filled with life-changing experiences and eye-opening practicums that helped him discover his true passion.

William Terry - Student Teacher at Fellows Elementary

William Terry - Student Teacher at Fellows Elementary, 00:02:25

William Terry feels being a successful teacher is all about planning ahead. The elementary education major says he has a new appreciation for teachers after his student teaching experiences this year. Terry did the first part of his student teaching in Ames, Iowa and the other part abroad. He is the first Iowa State student to do his student teaching at an elementary school in Indonesia.

Humanizing Science with Scott McLeod

Humanizing Science with Scott McLeod, 00:02:13

Nationally-known for his innovative blend of curriculum, online learning, and in-classroom application, Scott McLeod is on the cutting edge of the latest advances in how school leaders use technology to improve schools. McLeod is an associate professor of educational administration at Iowa State University and the director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE). He's humanizing science -- and using all kinds of high-tech gadgets to do so.

Lisa Wilcox

Lisa Wilcox, 00:02:37

Animated storytelling and an energetic presence are just a few of the tools elementary education major Lisa Wilcox uses in the classroom. A background in theatre and passion for teaching young minds propelled Lisa to earn her teaching licensure at Iowa State University, and now she’s using those skills to help youth develop into eager readers.

Trisha Thom

Trisha Thom, 00:01:47

Whether she's playing Candyland, reading a book, or creating math problems for young learners, Trisha Thom, an early childhood education major in the College of Human Sciences, is focused on creating rich learning environments for students. Passionate about teaching from a young age, Trisha approaches every learning activity with a goal to help the student learn more about the subject while having fun. Trisha Thom is a human scientist, infusing young minds with the skills necessary to become a successful student and learner.

Humanizing Science with EunJin (EJ) Bang

Humanizing Science with EunJin (EJ) Bang, 00:01:46

A passion for teaching, a love for science, and the enthusiasm to make any classroom come alive – these are just a few of the ways assistant professor EunJin (EJ) Bang is humanizing science for future science teachers in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction, 00:03:04

From the foundations of education to teaching in a classroom of your own, an undergraduate major in curriculum and instruction prepares you to teach students in your desired age range early childhood, elementary, or secondary education levels.

Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Teaching

Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Teaching, 00:02:46

Jesse Wilcox earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in science education from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. His graduate program and the ISU faculty provided him with the knowledge and skills to be a successful science teacher and the motivation to begin doctoral studies with the goal of becoming a teacher educator.