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SPARCT Program




SPARCT is an NSF grant-funded initiative through the Whitaker Center for STEM Education.

The Major Goals of SPARCT are

(1) Enhanced scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) by SPARCT faculty.

(2) Improvement of evidence-based practices targeting the introductory STEM classroom.

(3) Development of long-term FLCs in STEM instruction.

(4) Development of professional peer-observation strategies for the STEM classroom.

(5) Enhanced student learning in introductory STEM courses as a result of SPARCT faculty development.

SPARCT participants meet these goals by attending a 36-hour Summer Academy, developing a SoTL project for their classroom based on evidence-based practices, and participating in a SPARCT faculty learning community during the 2015-2016 year.



SPARCT 2015 Participants



Learn more about the SPARCT Program and how it might be adapted to your institution through our reports.


SPARCT Academy Schedule

Results Y1 (2014)

NSF-Report Year 1

NSF-Report Year 2






Look for Registration to open in Jan. 2016 for next year's program!

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under DUE-WIDER Grant No. 1347640.