Iowa Technology Enhanced Classroom (ITEC)

Lindquist Center has a newly constructed learning space designed to support technologically-fortified, collaborative, problem-solving, learning strategies. College of Education teams have harnessed the expertise of our faculty, campus engineers and technicians, nationally recognized architects and designers, local schools, and peer institutions. The goal is a unique classroom that transforms the way teachers teach and students learn. ​

Visit the Iowa Technology Enhanced Classroom (ITEC) web page to find out what faculty and students are saying about this new learning space.

Science Writing Heuristic (SWH)

The SWH approach is about transforming students’ thinking by transforming the science classroom. With the SWH approach, teachers move away from verification labs and memorization to the kinds of activities, conversations, and writing that real scientists do. Students learn to negotiate meaning both publicly and privately from the results of their work and to argue for their ideas by posing questions, gathering data, and generating claims based on evidence. Critical to this approach is the emphasis on language, both written and oral, through all the negotiation opportunities that are created. This approach creates classroom environments where ideas are debated and everybody has a chance for success – the emphasis is on understanding and practicing science not memorizing scientific facts.

Visit the Science Writing Heuristic web page to see a video and learn more about this project.

Project Hope

Project HOPE (Healthcare Occupations Preparation and Exploration) is a STEM-based curricular intervention that integrates academic and vocational opportunities designed to connect minority and low socioeconomic middle school students to the health science professions early in their education. HOPE addresses the critical national need to increase diversity in the American healthcare workforce.

Visit the Project HOPE web page for more information and to watch a video about this project.

EL Bridge Project

EL Bridge is an initiative by the UI to improve the quality of education for K-12 ELL students in Iowa’s schools through the integration of ESL best practices in teacher training coursework across subject areas in the UI College of Education. Project staff will focus special attention on the STEM fields and special education. The rational for this project is to create sustainable ‘bridges’ for practitioners between research and methodology in mathematics, science, and special education with research and methodology in EL instruction. The project has four goals:

  1. Improve the effectiveness of UI pre-service teachers working with EL students through state-approved ESL endorsement courses leading to K-12 ESL licensure.
  2. Improve the effectiveness of in-service teachers working with EL students through a series of intensive professional development webinars and web based modules focusing on the latest research and best practice in teaching ELs and through an online collaborative community of educators working with ELs in STEM and special education.
  3. Collect, analyze, and use high-quality and timely data to improve EL instructional practices in K-12 educational settings.
  4. Infuse EL research based best practice in STEM and special education teacher preparation courses to better prepare these teachers to provide instruction to meet the needs of EL students.

The EL Bridge Project addresses the following National Professional Development Program Competitive (CP) and Invitational Priorities (IP):

  • CP2: Enabling More Data Based Decision Making.
  • CP3: Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education.
  • IP2: Improving Preparation of All Teachers to Better Serve English Learners.

Visit the EL Bridge web page or contact for more information.