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Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education

Department of Mathematics & Statistics



East Tennessee State University is excited to announce a new college immersion weekend experience for high school JUNIORS interested in pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree program.

BLUE (Bucs Live University Experience) WEEKEND will introduce students to the many degree programs offered at ETSU while also providing them an opportunity to experience “life on campus.” During the immersion weekend, students will be paired with a near-peer mentor who is a current STEM major. Program participants will stay in the residence halls with their mentors who will also participate in many of the campus student activities with them that weekend.

Students at BLUE WEEKEND will:

Ø Participate in an interactive campus tour to learn more about the professors, degree programs and facilities that promote STEM degrees and careers. 

Ø  Attend mini-presentations by ETSU offices and programs that support these academic areas and offer additional opportunities to students such as the Honors Programs.

Ø Experience campus life with activities and events that will give them an idea of what it means to be actively engaged in college life.

Please click here for more information regarding peer mentoring.

Please click here for more information regarding ETS BLUE Weekend

Best Practices in Professional Development: Lessons Learned

Jack Rhoton

ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub

ETSU, through its Center of Excellence for Mathematics and Science Education and, more recently, through the ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub, has provided professional development for hundreds of math and science teachers, at all levels. Our professional development has focused on improving instructional strategies/practices with the ultimately goal of improving student achievement. Based on our work, we have identified several best practices in our professional development for math and science teachers. Our findings are consistent with several recent students that have documented the importance of professional development on teaching practices and student learning. The ETSU model of professional development has been published in various journal articles and books. Although there is a large body of research that has examined the effectiveness of professional development, the evidences is often uneven given the differences in resources, system level and school leadership, and teacher knowledge gaps. These factors can be complicated when teachers return to the classroom without the necessary support structure to practice and reflect upon the innovation. Also, district policy changes and budgetary constraints can influence researchers who need to control these changes. However, the best practices in professional development that we have been able to identify are listed below.

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ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub

One of the premier initiatives of the Center is the establishment of the ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub. The Hub interconnects K-12 schools, higher education institutions, businesses, foundations, and community organizations to design, develop, and demonstrate innovative, sustainable and transferable STEM learning experiences. These STEM partnerships and collaborations seek to engage students, develop a skilled workforce, and increase STEM literacy in the fifteen school districts in the Northeast Tennessee region and throughout Tennessee.

Please click here to visit the Center's STEM Hub site.

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2016 Governor's School Schedule

May 22nd - June 24th, 2016

51st Annual Early
Childhood Conference
July 28-30, 2011

2013 Symposium on Effective Implementation of
CCSS and NGSS Agenda

2013 Symposium on Effective Implementation of CCSS and NGSS Invitation


UBM-Group:Collaborative Research on the Arthropod Way of Life (CRAWL): Interdisciplinary Training in Mathematical Biology

PI: Darrell Moore

Co-PIs:Thomas Jones, Karl Joplin, Michele Joyner, Edith Seier

Grant Total: $229,000

Start:September 1, 2011

End:  August 31, 2014

For more information regarding the NSF grant please click here

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