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Education

CPDE works with partners leading education and training initiatives that focus on developing and delivering new programs or interventions to improve knowledge, skills, and abilities of participants. Programs that CPDE has collaborated with included a wide-range disciplines and topics, including medical education, public health curriculum development and evaluation, and graduate, undergraduate, and elementary school evaluations.

Education Initiatives include:

Dartmouth Rural STEM Educator Partnership

Middle school teachers in low-income, rural communities are partnered with Dartmouth faculty, graduate students, and professional science educators at the Montshire Museum of Science to develop sustainable STEM curricular units for their schools. These cross-cutting units include a series of hands-on, investigative, active learning, and standards-aligned lessons based on engineering design principles to improve student learning. Once developed and tested in a classroom setting in four pilot schools, the units will be made available to other partner schools in NH and VT and finally to any school wishing to adopt them. A STEM rural educator network will be created to disseminate the cross-cutting units and enhance the teachers’ ability to network, seek advice, and share information. CPDE is the external evaluator for this 5-year project. Recent evaluation activities have included collecting data from teachers, middle-school students, and graduate students. (Funder: National Institute of General Medical Science)

Franklin Pierce STEM; Rivier STEM

CPDE partners with institutions that have received Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) awards through the National Science Foundation. The ARGYLES program at Rivier University and BEST program at Franklin Pierce encourage engagement and retention of STEM majors, and contribute to the vitality of the STEM pipeline in the Northeast. As an external evaluator of these programs, CPDE conducts formative and summative evaluation activities including focus groups, interviews, and surveys. (Funder: National Science Foundation)

Dartmouth/MUHAS Research Ethics Training and Program Development for Tanzania

The goal of the program is to build and strength existing expertise in research bioethics among research scientists, faculty, health care providers and other professionals at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), throughout Tanzania and the entire east sub-Saharan Africa region. CPDE serves as the lead evaluator to assess progress in meeting goals, including surveys and focus groups with students and faculty. (Funder: Fogarty International Center, NIH)