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Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network
Workshop on Evidence-Based STEM Instructional Strategies
Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel at BWI Airport, 1001 Scott Drive Baltimore, MD 410/859-3300
On November 9-10, 2012, Dr. Darnell Johnson, Education Coordinator for the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER), attended the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network Workshop on Evidence-based STEM Instructional Strategies.  This event was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel at BWI Airport in Baltimore, Maryland. During the workshop Dr. Johnson worked to identify MSI faculty to participate in cohort 2 of the NASA NICE program.
Workshop Goals:
  1. To enhance the participants’ awareness and understanding of methodologies for assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of STEM Instructional Practices; and
  2. To share information on Evidence-based STEM Instructional Practices being used at NSF/HBCU-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Grantee Institutions.
Opening the workshop were two QEM Consultants:  Dr. Josephine Davis, Interim Dean, The College of Arts & Sciences at Fort Valley State University who spoke on “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) – Advancing the Practice of Teaching through Research” and Dr. Emorcia Hill, Director of Research and Evaluation from the Converge Office for Diversity and Community Partnership at The Harvard Medical School who spoke on “Assessment and Evaluation of Student-centered STEM Instructional Strategies.”
The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network was established in July 1990, as a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, dedicated to improving education for minorities throughout the nation.  It is the successor organization to the MIT-based QEM Project that was funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.  With initial support from Carnegie and MIT, QEM began its operation as a focal point for the implementation of strategies to help realize the vision and goals set forth in the QEM Project’s January 1990 report:  Education That Works: An Action Plan for the Education of Minorities.
Participating Institutions
Alabama A&M University
Bowie State University
Central State University
Clark Atlanta University
Dillard University
Elizabeth City State University
Fisk University
Fort Valley State University
Grambling State University
Howard University
Jackson State University
Langston University
Lincoln University, MO
Lincoln University, PA
Morehouse College
North Carolina A&T State University
Prairie View A&M University
Savannah State University
Southern University at Baton Rouge
Spelman College
Talladega College
Tennessee State University
Texas Southern University
Tougaloo College
Tuskegee University
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
University of the Virgin Islands
Virginia State University
Winston-Salem State University
Xavier University of Louisiana
Morgan State University
Dr. Darnell Johnson is pictured on the right with QEM Network President Dr. Shirley McBay.