MAST Institute

The Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute, established in 1987, provides leadership and coordination for projects and programs to improve mathematics and science education, within the University, the state, and nationally.

The MAST Institute is situated in the College of Natural and Health (NHS), and collaborates with faculty from NHS's School of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Mathematical Sciences, and the Science Education Program. Faculty from the collaborating academic programs and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences participate in Institute projects, working in partnership with K-12 educators, faculty from other higher education institutions, government agencies, and business/community representatives.

MAST Institute Affiliated Faculty

Nearly fifty UNC faculty members in the College of Natural and Health Sciences and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences have been involved in MAST-related projects over the past twenty years. 

Growth of the Institute

Since its inception in 1987, the MAST Institute has grown by obtaining several million dollars from external funding for research, and through the pre-service and in-service training of teachers of mathematics and science of grades K-16 throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. The Institute has coordinated joint efforts among the departments of the University, other Colorado Institutes of Higher Education, and numerous school districts within state and region.

MAST Institute Goals

  • Prepare tomorrow's teachers
  • Enhance today's teachers
  • Facilitate faculty development
  • Support collaborative partnerships
  • Support research and development
  • Promote science & mathematics for all

 

News Highlights

UNC Awarded $2.2 Million to Help Recruit, Retain Teachers in Rural School Districts, December, 2016

The Colorado Department of Higher Education has awarded the University of Northern Colorado a $2.2 million grant that will be used over the next five years to help address teacher shortages in Colorado's rural school districts.

The Rural Educator Recruitment and Retention grant will fund the establishment and operation of the Center for Rural Education, which will be led by faculty from UNC's School of Special Education, School of Biological Sciences, and the MAST Institute. Dr. Harvey Rude (Special Education) serves as PI and Director of this center, and Dr. Rob Reinsvold (Biological Sciences) and Dr. Lori Reinsvold (MAST Institute) as Co-Directors. The center will focus on recruiting and retaining Colorado rural educators in high-need areas of science, mathematics, special education and cultural/linguistic diversity. For more information, contact Lori Reinsvold 

UNC Receives $1 Million Grant for Inclusive STEM Initiative

About the Grant

Project Title: Improving Classroom Culture to Support Intrinsic Motivation as a Pathway to STEM Inclusive Excellence
Grant award: $1 million, September 2017-August 2022
Funding Agency: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Researchers: Project Director Susan Keenan (professor and director of Biological Sciences), Co-Project Directors, Lori Reinsvold (acting director of UNC's Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute) and Jodie Novak (professor of Mathematics), and Investigator Cassendra Bergstrom (assistant professor of Psychological Sciences)
Of note: Over multiple stages of peer-review by scientists and science educators, HHMI identified 24 schools out of 511 that applied for Inclusive Excellence 2017 awards.

More information: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

NHS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group

The MAST Institute is pleased to host the 2017 NHS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group.  We will meet once a month on Wednesdays from 12:15 p.m. to 1:05.  Topics for discussion will include: Building Teaching Support, Practical Teaching Tips and Manuscript/Project Review. For inquires please contact Lacy Cleveland

Second Annual Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference

The Flipped Learning Academy and the MAST Institute will be hosting the Second Annual Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference on June 14-16, 2017.

This conference will allow higher education flipped classroom practitioners to exchange information, highlight faculty engaged in assessment of flipped classrooms, discuss professional development at the higher education level, and converse about the future of flipped learning in higher education.

The conference is for instructors, faculty, graduate students, instructional designers, and those facilitating professional development from universities, colleges, community colleges and any other post-secondary institution.  

Dr. Julie Sexton

Dr. Sexton has received the 2016 Journal of Geoscience Education Outstanding Reviewer Award. This Award celebrates outstanding peer-review contributions by reviewers of the Journal of Geoscience Education. She will be recognized at the National Association of Geoscience Teachers luncheon at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in September and in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Geoscience Education. The award includes a plaque and a $100. 

Assessment Mini-Grant

Dr. Lacy Cleveland received a $1500 award for her project entitled "Developing and Validating a Survey to Uncover Students' and Faculty's Perceptions of Flipped Learning.”  Dr. Nissa Yestness will assist Dr. Cleveland on this project.

 

Calendar of Events

 June 14 - 16, 2017

 Second Annual Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference 


Description: This conference will allow higher education flipped classroom practitioners to exchange information, highlight faculty engaged in assessment of flipped classrooms, discuss professional development at the higher education level, and converse about the future of flipped learning in higher education.

Location: University Center

Time: 9am Mountain Time on Wednesday, June 14th and commences at Noon on Friday, June 16th

Coordinated by: Nissa Yestness