iPAGE | Science Museum of Minnesota

Application Deadline for the 2017-2018 Cohort: August 1, 2017

iPAGE: Developing a Model for Broadening Participation in Informal STEM Institutions is an NSF AISL Innovation in Development Project (NSF award #1612640).

At the heart of the iPAGE model is a comprehensive program of change that takes a team of strategically placed individuals within a given science center or museum and prepares them to work as a team with their colleagues to enact significant social change within their institution.   The ultimate goal of iPAGE is to transform ISI culture, making ISI’s more inclusive environments in which to learn, engage, and identify with STEM.

Utilizing Design-Based Research (DBR), the iPage project is developing and sharing an effective Knowledge-to-Action (KTA) model for use across ISIs that will build a networked leadership community equipped with effective KTA processes.

iPAGE is conducted by the Science House Professional Development Group at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

 

Science House Professional Development

iPAGE is building knowledge for the informal education field by utilizing design-based research to adapt and refine the Museum’s successful K-12 leadership-based professional development (PD) and implementation model known as PAGE, to squarely address the needs and contexts of ISIs.  It will deliver a field-tested extension service model that includes:

  1. methods and content for facilitating productive and transformative PD experiences for ISI leadership teams;

  2. insight into how to prepare leaders to engage in site-specific work on inclusion issues;

  3. strategies for supporting leaders in this context-specific work; and

  4. reflective tools that can be used by ISI leadership teams.  

The iPAGE community draws on knowledge of identity and systems of oppression, leadership in complex systems, and the nature and culture of STEM—referred to here as the iPAGE Framework.  The collective action of the iPAGE community focuses on applying this shared knowledge in site-specific ways with ISI colleagues to increase inclusion for staff and volunteers.

iPage highlights

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What our tables look like in the thick of participant engagement.
What our tables look like in the thick of participant engagement.

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Group Exercise with Hula Hoops to Understand Systems and Functions.

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Group Exercise with Hula Hoops to Understand Systems and Functions

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Writing an End-of-Day Reflection Graphic Diagram of the iPAGE Institute

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Knowledge–to-Action Processes

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Participant Notebook
Participant Notebook

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Writing an End-of-Day Reflection
Writing an End-of-Day Reflection

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Participant notebook page
Participant notebook page

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Using a silent technique called “graffiti boarding” to explore beliefs and concepts about wealth, poverty, and classism.
Using a silent technique called “graffiti boarding” to explore beliefs and concepts about wealth, poverty, and classism.

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Developing and sharing questions structured around The Art of the Focused Conversation in the exhibit RACE: Are we so different?
Developing and sharing questions structured around The Art of the Focused Conversation in the exhibit RACE: Are we so different?

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Accepting the Flower’s Invitation after the Iroquois Opening Address
Accepting the Flower’s Invitation after the Iroquois Opening Address

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Participants in Science House working in professional affinity groups preparing their presentations.
Participants in Science House working in professional affinity groups preparing their presentations.

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Using Legos to Explore and contrast simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic problems and implications for leadership.
Using Legos to Explore and contrast simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic problems and implications for leadership.

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Engaging in a groupwork exercise, called Epstein’s Rocket, about productive group behaviors including conciseness, listening, reflecting, and hearing from everyone.
Engaging in a groupwork exercise, called Epstein’s Rocket, about productive group behaviors including conciseness, listening, reflecting, and hearing from everyone.
(One participant is keeping time as people are talking; in this stage of the exercise, no one can speak for more than 15 seconds per turn. This is hard.)

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Engaged in a dyad, a technique for focused listening and talking.
Engaged in a dyad, a technique for focused listening and talking.

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“Squaring the Circle”  Groupwork exercise in solving complex problems and practicing group norms to do so
“Squaring the Circle” Groupwork exercise in solving complex problems and practicing group norms to do so
Contact us

To learn more, contact us at profdev@smm.org.