Center for Educational Transformation

Past Projects

Engineering Activities for Teaching Chemistry

Researcher: Sarah Boesdorfer, Assistant Professor, Chemistry Education, Illinois State University (formerly at the University of Northern Iowa)

District Partners: Ankeny, BCLUW, Belle Plaine, Cedar Rapids, Charles City, Davenport, East Marshall, Forest City, Iowa City, Madrid, Monticello, Muscatine, Newton, North-Linn, Oskaloosa, Pleasant Valley, Riverside, Tripoli, Van Buren, Vinton-Shellsburg, Waukee, West Central, West Fork

Project Duration: 2013-15

CET Research Brief: High School Chemistry Teachers' Views of Engineering Inclusion Before and After a Professional Development Program

Other Publications: Is Engineering Inspiring Change in Secondary Chemistry Teachers' Practices? (Journal of Science Teacher Education, Volume 28, 2017)

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Implementation and Evaluation of the Technology Integration Planning Cycle for Literacy and Language Arts

Researcher: Amy Hutchison, George Mason University (formerly at Iowa State University)

District Partner: Ankeny

Project Duration: 2014-16

CET Research Brief: What are Preadolescent Readers Doing Online? A Survey of Upper Elementary Students' Digital Reading, Writing, and Communication

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The Hip-Hop and Higher Education Program

Researcher: Shuaib Meacham, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Northern Iowa

District Partner: Waterloo

Project Duration: 2014-16


Diverse Female Elementary Students Learn About the Careers of Diverse Women in Mathematics

Researcher: Audrey Rule, Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Northern Iowa

Partner District: Waterloo

Project Duration: 2014-16


Highly Gifted Middle School Students Make Dioramas of Mammals that Explore Spatial Thinking Skills and Unifying Concepts of Science: Form and Function and Evidence, Models, and Explanations

Researcher: Audrey Rule, Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Northern Iowa

District Partners: Cedar Falls, Waterloo

Project Duration: 2014-16


Assessing the Impact of the Waterloo Community Schools/UNI Mathematics Coaching Project

Researcher: Brian Townsend, Associate Professor, Mathematics, University of Northern Iowa

District Partner: Waterloo

Project Duration: 2014-16

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