Iowa STEM Professional Development-palooza!

Brought to you by the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council

Iowa enjoys a wonderful array of professional development opportunities in the STEM areas. Rather than picking one to highlight, the STEM Council instead will offer a one-week sampling of a variety of PD offerings. Those showcased are not necessarily all that are available, but some that were strongly reviewed by a panel of experts.

Goal: Inform teacher leaders, administrators, teacher-preparers, informal educators and professional developers about some of the quality STEM (transdisciplinary, community-linked) educator preparation and professional development options available in Iowa.  

When and where?

The first workshop is scheduled for July 17-21, 2017. If additional workshops are needed based on demand, they will occur the two weeks that follow. A central Iowa location is to be determined.

Who is invited?

Several types of professionals will benefit most by this STEM PD-palooza, including leader educators in the STEM fields, higher education teacher-preparers and professional developers who wish to know more about STEM teacher training and the options available.

This trial workshop has a capacity of 30 people. If interest exceeds 30 people, a second workshop will be open and potentially a third if needed.

What do participants get?

  • 2 License Renewal Credits (pending approval) covered by the STEM Council for those who complete all five in-person days;
  • Up to 2 graduate credits from UNI continuing education (pending approval), optional, to be paid by the participant and for those who complete all five in-person days;
  • Mileage reimbursement for attendees who travel more than 60 miles round-trip to attend the workshop for up to five days travel OR free lodging for attendees who reside greater than 50 miles from the workshop for up to five nights;
  • Breakfast and lunch for each day of the workshop will be provided;
  • A framed "TeSTEMent of Competence" to gauge quality STEM.

Agenda [Tentative]:

  • Day 1: Integrating the disciplines of science, mathematics, engineering and technology into a seamless experience.
  • Day 2: Connecting classroom to the community and partnering with local workplaces.
  • Day 3: Problem-solving and intellectual risk-taking for students and using Dimensions of Success observation tool to STEM-ify lessons.
  • Day 4: Integrating career guidance into the STEM classroom, and a physical environment for STEM learning.
  • Day 5: Aligning STEM with Iowa Core Science and Mathematics standards; Online STEM Support Community.

Registration for this event has reached capacity. Complete and submit your information below if you wish to be placed on a waiting list.


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