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Appelgate and Jackson use texting to take mathematics home

Dr. Mollie Appelgate and Dr. Christa Jackson, Assistant Professors in Mathematics Education, will be working with four kindergarten teachers at Moulton Elementary School to take math out of the classroom and into the home.
The project originated from two key ideas: first, teachers often struggle to connect with linguistically diverse families and second, while reading is emphasized outside of the classroom, parents are rarely encouraged to participate in mathematical activities with their child at home. This study aims to bridge the gap between languages and building children's math skills through the use of text messages. Over the next two years, Appelgate and Jackson will work with teachers and families to learn how to best communicate what is going on in the Moulton mathematics classrooms in a way that engages linguistically diverse families. 

"[This project] has the potential to strengthen the connection between parents and what our teachers and students are doing in the classroom," says Moulton Principal, Eric Van Dorin.

Appelgate and Jackson received a grant from the Center for Education Transformation at the University of Northern Iowa to fund the project slated to start Fall 2016. 
School Spotlight
Brad Van Genderen: Moulton 5th Grade Teacher
Brad Van Genderen has been teaching 5th grade at Moulton for six years. Before that he taught middle school for eight years. Van Genderen has a key role in the ISU 4U Promise as a teacher liaison team member. About the ISU 4U Promise, Van Genderen says, "The ISU 4U Promise gives the students and families a "reality" for their goals and dreams. What I mean is that the various interactions with Iowa State, the conversations, the goal-setting, the reflections, the investigations, the financial promise - all of these things make college 'real and doable' instead of just something other people do.  The students have a very concrete way in which they can change their lives." A proud graduate of ISU, Van Genderen is inspiring a new generation of students to call Ames home. 
Community Spotlight
Carmen Lampe Zeitler: Children and Families Urban Movement

Carmen Lampe Zeitler has been the director of Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM) since 1996. In this role she has helped grow and shape the Moulton neighborhood for two decades. Carmen joined CFUM hoping to become a part of a community, and add to a community, that creates welcome, nurture, and justice—especially for children.  About the ISU 4U Promise, Carmen says "From the beginning ISU 4U Promise has had the capacity to both identify and address challenges and build on the strengths present in the Moulton community and neighborhood.  It is as “promising” an effort to impact the access to higher education for Moulton students as we have seen!”  We wish Carmen the best as she retires from CFUM this year, leaving behind an organization that has been forever changed. 
ISU Spotlight
Dr. Eric Olson: Assistant Professor of Event Management
As a collaborator with the CommUNITY Promise Dinner held last fall and the Designing Interaction for Innovation event this spring, Dr. Eric D. Olson has brought his expertise and many student volunteers into the ISU 4U Promise work. Dr. Olson says he got involved in the ISU 4U Promise because he wanted to show his students the variety of and importance of events in communities. Additionally, he wanted to showcase the importance of building multi-disciplinary collaboration relationships for events and organizations. By incorporating theory into practice, Dr. Olson is able to showcase the principles of event management while having students volunteer at community events. By doing so, students are able to engage and interact with a variety of stakeholders and event attendees. Dr. Olson looks forward to future collaborative projects with ISU 4U Promise.
Urban Ecosystem Project Flies!

The Urban Ecosystem Project is in full swing! Supporting the ISU 4U Promise, this project aims to get more students at King and Moulton schools excited about science.

Five elementary education majors at ISU completed a course on ambitious science teaching. Using what they learned, they first practiced ambitious science through activities involving mealworms with youth served by Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM). Later, drawing upon their own ambitious science learning with crickets, they designed and practiced lessons at an open demonstration session on campus. Finally, during a practica experience in spring semester, these pre-service teachers implemented an ambitious science lesson related to mosquitoes in which fourth graders designed their own mosquito traps.
Rising sixth graders will have the opportunity to design and build mosquito traps during the M is for Mosquitoes and Me July summer camp in Des Moines. They will learn about insects, engage in authentic scientific research, and teach their families and neighbors about mosquitoes and their connection to public health
It’s not too late to get involved with this project! If you’re an elementary education major doing your Block I Practicum in the fall of 2016, we invite you to be a part of next year's cohort. 

To learn more about Teaching and Learning with Insects (CI 441X) or other aspects of the Urban Ecosystem Project, contact Ellen Johnsen, Urban Ecosystem Project Program Assistant at johnsene@iastate.edu or 515-294-8021.

Designing Interaction for Innovation

On March 31st, community leaders and ISU faculty, staff and students met to discuss innovative ways to develop collaborations to create thriving partnerships and communities. 

Glennda Bivens, a Community and Economic Development Field Specialist for Extension and Outreach, organized the event, which builds upon the work of the CommUNITY Promise Dinner last fall. In collaboration with Katherine Richardson Bruna, the ISU 4U Promise director, and Eric Olson, an assistant professor in event management, the teams goal was to create an important dialogue around how best to engage in complex collaboration. 

With community members, non-profit leaders, high school students, Extension and Outreach staff, and a generous number of ISU event management volunteers in attendance, this event resulted in meaningful conversation around the topic of university-community partnership. 

The ISU 4U Promise Pathway for Families Handbook is here! Find it at this link.

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