Quad City Minority Partnership Math & Science Program

“It Takes A Village…”
“It Takes A Network…”
Quad City Minority Partnership
Math & Science Program
Valerie Garr M.A. , The University of Iowa,
Founder & President of Quad City Minority Partnership
Curtis Williams, M.P.A. Western Illinois University
Quad City Minority Partnership Math & Science Program
College Changes Everything Regional Conference
Black Hawk College; Building 4-Conference Rooms 1 & 2; Moline, Illinois
Tuesday November 6, 2012
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Seeds for creating QCMP….
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created the Positive Youth
Development approach more than 30 years ago when researchers and practitioners
identified what kept most young people on the right track:
a. A sense of competence: being able to do something well (such as mastering
academic/job skills)
b. A sense of usefulness: having something to contribute (such as volunteering for
community projects, mentoring others)
c. A sense of belonging: being part of a community (such as identifying with an ethnic
or social group, identifying with QC area)
d. A sense of power: having control over one's future (such as having access to
education, training, career exploration; managing self-empowerment)
Positive Youth Development, therefore, requires a communitywide approach to
ensure that all young people develop knowledge and skills, belong and contribute to a
community, and plan for their future. “It Takes A Village…It Takes A Network…”
for creating QCMP….
Successful youth (birth through
adolescence), must have access to an array
of learning supports around them:
--early childhood programs
--out-of-school time programs and activities
--higher education
--health and social service agencies
--other community-based institutions
HFRP calls this network of supports
Complementary Learning
Complementary Learning is
characterized by discrete linkages
that work together to encourage
consistent learning and
developmental outcomes for
children and youth.
Complementary Learning is the
idea that a systemic approach—
which intentionally integrates both
school and nonschool supports—
can better ensure that all children
have the skills they need to succeed.
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Brief Overview of QCMP
Not for profit organization started
in February 2006 with Quad City
Iowa and Illinois high school,
college, community and industry
Collaborative team committed to
developing and delivering culturally
responsive educational
programming for Quad City
minority and first generation youth
QCMP events/activities foster
academic, community service,
social, civic leadership, and career
QCMP builds community and
strengthens relationships across
educational institutions
QCMP models positive behaviors
and shares successful strategies
that support and challenge student
growth for college/career
readiness and access
QCMP Math and Science ProgramSTEM--piloted in 2011
Working toward 501 C3 status
QCMP is a sustainable bi-state network
comprised of individuals from:
Augustana College
Black Hawk College
Community Leaders/Volunteers
Davenport Community School District
[email protected]
Palmer College of Chiropractic-Retired
Rock Island/Milan School District #41-Retired
Scott Community College
St. Ambrose University
University of Iowa
Western Illinois University
The mission, philosophy, and program content of QCMP is a reflection of
the individuals who comprise of the Quad City Minority Partnership and
not that of their respective institutions/organizations for whom they
work. QCMP partners volunteer their time, talents, and efforts to QCMP.
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Mission of QCMP is to:
Empower Iowa and Illinois Quad City area minority and first generation
youth through proactive programming that merges academics, leadership,
career exploration, and social skills via direct engagement with area minority
academic and business leaders dedicated to molding/mentoring students
through strategic behaviors and actions for success.
Partner with Iowa and Illinois Quad City area community school districts,
colleges/universities, youth organizations, business and industry in sharing
community responsibility to increase student knowledge of college
readiness, community service volunteerism, social, civic leadership, and
employment/career opportunities.
Address educational requirements, social development needs and concerns
of Iowa and Illinois Quad City area minority and first generation youth with
culturally responsive and relevant programming.
Acknowledge the contributions of Iowa and Illinois Quad City minority and
first generation youth who are committed to engaging in diversity and
academic excellence and achievement.
Develop and expand QCMP engagement and advocacy of diverse
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QCMP Internal Networks and Programs
Workshops &
Math &
Site &
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Bridging External
Networks of Support
Concept Map developed by The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) of Chicago (2009)
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The STEM Pipeline
Is Critical…
Institutions of higher learning must play
a crucial role in preparing all students to
be competitive in the global economy.
However, all along the educational
pipeline, students are being lost in the
fields of science, technology, engineering
and math.
This is particularly true for historically
underrepresented groups and women
whose participation and persistence rates
in these fields are dramatically lower than
those in the general student population
(NSB, 2002).
Source: National Science Board; PREPARING THE NEXT
Developing our Nation’s Human Capital; May 2010
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QCMP Math & Science Program:
If You Build It, They Will Come…
Step One: Fall 2010, brainstormed/explored potential school/industry/mentor
partnerships to implement math & science program for Spring 2011
Step Two: Developed mission, curriculum and learning outcomes; also criteria for
participation and application process; develop promotion packet for schools
Step Three: Sought funding resource-- KNOWHOW2GO Illinois Network Grant
sponsored by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission in partnership with Black Hawk
College http://www.knowhow2goillinois.org/
Step Four: QCMP School Relations Committee coordinated networking meetings with
all five targeted Quad Cities (QC) area high schools. All principals were receptive and
provided valuable feedback for addressing the needs of math & science and minority
students in QC districts.
Step Five: QCMP School Relations Committee worked with high school guidance
counselors to determine student participants for pilot. QCMP Executive Committee
coordinated Parent Orientation to introduce program, mentors, and QCMP mission.
Step Six: Implement; assess program and expand opportunities for programming.
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Math & Science Program Pilot
Program Mission: To provide an opportunity for 11th grade students to discover,
explore and experience the realm of science and mathematics in a nurturing
environment with the goal of preparing students to enter Science/Health
Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) careers
Learning Outcomes:
-Enhanced discipline-focused skills
-Developed teamwork
-Enhance problem solving capabilities to
be able to design experiments to solve
complex scientific problems
-Leadership skills
-Strategic college and career exploration
-Positive youth development (sense of
competence, usefulness, belonging, power)
-Cross-cultural engagement
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QCMP Math & Science Program
Criteria for Program Selection:
-Minority students with a 3.0 average or above
-Strong commitment or interest in Science/Health Sciences, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
-Junior Standing
-Resource management skills
-Demonstrated leadership
-Self motivator
-Works well in a team setting
-Counselor Referral
-Completes and submit application
Five students selected from each of the following high schools:
-Iowa: Davenport-Davenport Central, Davenport North, and Davenport West
-Illinois: Moline-Moline H.S, Rock Island-Rock Island H.S, and
East Moline-United Township H.S.
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Math and Science Program Curriculum
2011-2012 Pilot Program:
2012-2013 QCMP Math and Science Program
Spring 2011 (March
Computer Science – @ Palmer
Spring 2013:
College; Rebuild and program
Computer Science/Engineering: Students learn
about software programming and computer hardware
Summer 2011(June 2nd):
Engineering –@ Black Hawk College;
Summer 2013:
Anti-theft devices/RFIDs/Program
Career Exploration Seminar and Scholarship
Logic Control
Fall 2011 (November 8th):
Mathematics – @ Scott Community
Fall 2013:
College; Math calculations for bridge
Health Sciences/Mathematics: Students learn how
math/technology is integral in health related fields
College Exploration: college fairs, campus visits,
Spring 2012 (February 29th):
QCMP Conference & College Fair
Science/Health Science – @
University of Iowa- Mini-Medical
Spring 2014:
School-Carver College of Medicine,
Paying For College: FAFSA, $$ Resources
and National Advanced Driving
Graduation Ceremony
Simulator (NADS)
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QCMP Math and Science Program Pilot
Students: 20 participants from 3
Iowa and 3 Illinois high schools; 11
females/9 males; diverse group
Cost: approx. $4534.28
Funding Resource: KNOWHOW2GO
Illinois Network Grant sponsored by
the Illinois Student Assistance
Commission in partnership with
Black Hawk College
The grant was initiated in
August 2010 and completed in
December 2011
Travel: Computer session was
covered by Palmer College vans;
Engineering, Math, and Health
Sciences sessions covered by area
school districts
Meals: provided by Palmer College,
Black Hawk College, Scott
Community College, and University
of Iowa
The Next Generation of STEM Professionals
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QCMP Math and Science Program
Pilot Parent/Family Orientation
When: March 2, 2011, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where: Palmer College of Chiropractic
Objectives: “It Takes A Village…”
Overview of QCMP organization, mission,
website, and Math & Science Program
Receive specifics about STEM
sessions/initial Computer Science session
Discuss local and national educational
concerns related to minority students
Tour of the Palmer facility where computer
science session will be held
Meet mentors
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QCMP Math & Science Program
Pilot Mentor Orientation Agenda
When: Held on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm7:30pm
Where: Davenport Branch Library Meeting Room
a. Overview of QCMP organization, mission and
QCMP Math & Science Program; QCMP website
b. Understand the concept and role of a mentor and
mentee in our program
c. Understand mentor responsibilities/protocol for
participating in the program
d. Understand different communication styles and
effective communication strategies for building trust
and engagement with mentee
e. Know who to contact in our program if there are
problems/concerns with mentor/mentee match
--Ice Breaker Activity
Program expectations/protocol
-- Mentoring philosophy: Partnership and multi-mentoring/peermentoring
-- Represent QCMP and self with integrity, professionalism, and genuine
care for the mentee’s professional, personal, and career best interests.
-- Confidentiality (FERPA/HIPAA/Academic Integrity); Background checks
-- Proactive and not reactive approach to handling matters with mentee
-- Contact with QCMP when needed. We are here to support your
-- Regular contact/checking in with your assigned mentee
-- Scheduling time with Mentees: Date is deadline to finalize 1st
scheduled meeting with your assigned mentee.
--How to communicate with your mentee: phone, emails, other
--Attendance at formally planned QCMP events/activities as much as
--Model mentoring to your mentees so they in turn will become future
mentors to youth
How matching of mentees will happen?
Getting the most out of your mentoring relationship to build trust
-- Share your previous experiences with a mentor
--Roles of a good mentor
-Characteristics of a good mentor
--Talking points: How to be a mentor and get the most from the
mentoring experience
--10 ways that “good” communication styles vary across cultures
--Diversity: Over 50 ways culture influences us & Diversity Wheel
Mentor and Mentee Information Forms
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QCMP Math & Science Program
Students worked in competitive teams of 5
where each team member represented a
different school, allowing students to
communicate and problem-solve in diverse
teams with peers they did not know and who
attended high schools different than their
1st Place
1st Place Team-NADS
2nd Place Team-NADS
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Thank you from:
Quitting Is Not An Option
Conquer Your Fears and Doubts
Manage Your Time, Money, and Resources
Persevere To SUCCEED
QCMP Math & Science Program Contacts:
Founder/President: Valerie Garr, M.A. University of Iowa, [email protected]
QCMP Math & Science Program Co-Coordinators:
Kimberly Armstrong, Ph.D., Black Hawk College, [email protected]
Curtis Williams, M.P.A., Western Illinois University, [email protected]
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