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Fifth graders go to Science Center of Iowa

Over 100 students and family members from King and Moulton elementary schools filled the Star Theater at the Science Center of Iowa on Friday, January 29, 2016. Fifth grade students from each school were invited to attend the theater's reopening and see its new technology at work. 

While there, students got to hear from ISU's President Leath about all of the STEM opportunities available at ISU. Students also tried to stump Science Center staff with their many interesting questions after their virtual trip to outer space. 

Staff from partnering organizations Children and Families Urban Movement and the John R. Grubb YMCA helped chaperone the trip along with teachers from each of the schools. 

Curt Simmons, the President and CEO of the Science Center of Iowa, and Provost Jonathan Wickert coordinated the event to benefit ISU 4U Promise students. 

School Spotlight
Nyla Mowery: King School Counselor
Nyla has been working in education for over 10 years.  She taught preschool for five years before coming to King Elementary.  Nyla taught fourth and fifth grade for three years before getting her Master’s Degree in Counseling.   She has been the school counselor at King Elementary since 2013. In this capacity she gets to work with all of the school's nearly 360 students and can incorporate the ISU 4U Promise into her classroom counseling lessons. She chose to join the ISU 4U Promise teacher liaison team because she understood the importance of college and career readiness at the elementary level. Together this team helps advise the ISU 4U Promise staff and make suggestions about how to best implement the ISU 4U Promise program at King. 
Community Spotlight
Carla Dawson: Children and Families Urban Movement

Carla Dawson works with the Whyld Girls program at Children and Families Urban Movement. The goal of Whyld Girls is to encourage educational success and leadership skills in grades 6–12 that will prepare them for post-secondary education and career paths. This past semester Carla worked with the ISU 4U Promise Design Dialogues project to help students become researchers and advocates in their own neighborhood. About the Design Dialogues work Carla says, "Any time we can show our CFUM students the connection between what we learn at CFUM and what they are learning at school, that cements that education is one of the keys to be the best person, you can be. Higher Education and the chance for them to be a part of the ISU4U program is truly a blessing. Seeing the Whyld Girls, interact with the students from ISU and to have them understand that their voice is important in shaping their lives and their community was a wonderful and life affirming experience."
ISU Spotlight
Dr. Christa Jackson: Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
Dr. Christa Jackson works with the ISU 4U Promise by providing expertise in the area of STEM Education, especially for women and students of color. This past summer, Christa was a lead collaborator in the DAVinCI STEM Camp that was offered to ISU 4U Promise students at the John R. Grubb YMCA. While she continues to work on the DAVinCI Curriculum, Christa also provides leadership in kindergarten classrooms at Moulton Elementary School with her colleague Dr. Mollie Appelgate to help teachers more effectively teach mathematics to English Language Learners. 
Community Alliance forms

Community organizations serving King and Moulton students and their families are an integral part of the ISU 4U Promise. The Community Alliance hopes to bring these stakeholders together to make a difference for education in the King and Moulton neighborhoods. 

After two open meetings, the community organizations in attendance have decided to create a structure to move the Community Alliance forward. The goal is to collaborate in providing resources for families who hope one day to see their King and Moulton students at Iowa State University. 
Andrea Nelson, the Executive Director of Polk County Extension and Outreach, and Dr. Debra Sellers, College of Human Sciences Associate Dean and Director of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, have been working with community organizations to begin the initial organization of the Community Alliance. 
ISU 4U Promise holds its first Mini-Conference

On January 22, 2016, the ISU 4U Promise held its first Mini-Conference. The event was created in order to showcase the project's many collaborators as well as garner interest from new faculty and students in project involvement. 

Faculty and staff from the following units presented: School of Education, Extension and Outreach, Human Development and Family Studies, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Community and Regional Planning, and Financial Aid. Together the presentations illustrated the many projects, processes and programs that have developed out of the ISU 4U Promise.

After the presentations, many attendees stayed to take part in small group discussions about the future of the ISU 4U Promise and new ideas for moving ahead. 

Dr. Katherine Richardson Bruna, the Director of the ISU 4U Promise, hopes that the Mini-Conference will become an annual tradition of sharing one another's work and planning for the future. 

The ISU 4U Promise Family Handbook is here! Find it at this link.

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