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K-12 Teachers Professional Development
We know that staying up-to-date with new and innovative ways to teach the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math is hard for those in the education field.
However, when only 43 percent of students are prepared for college, as recently noted by the College Board from data gathered from the SAT, it is so important for teachers to continue to upgrade their own skills in this area in order to better prepare students.
The STEM Education Center is continually working on ways to help teachers bring new ideas and methods to teaching STEM subjects. This is a great way to infuse new energy into your teaching while also working on Act 48 credits.
The STEM Teacher Academy
The College of Education at Bloomsburg University held its second STEM Teacher Academy from July 11 - July 22, 2016. The Academy is for K-8 teachers who are interested in developing their skills to teach mathematics through science using innovative teaching techniques. The STEM Teacher Academy was coordinated with the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) through the federal Math and Science Partnership Grant awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
During the first week of the Academy, participants were introduced to Inquiry-Based Teaching (IBT) by educators from the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, PA. The Da Vinci Science Center has been recognized as one of America’s best programs for Educators and its professional programs are Act 48-approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Working with the Center’s Education Professional Development team, participants were trained on campus utilizing IBT curriculum developed by San Francisco’s Exploratorium Teacher Institute. One day of the week was devoted to a field trip to the Da Vinci Science Center in order to practice hands-on activities.
The second week of the Academy featured training in Hybrid Learning and Math Collective Design led by BU faculty and CSIU instructors. The week also include field trips to local businesses and industries for the teachers to be able to connect the mathematics that they are teaching to future STEM occupations.
Participants in the STEM Teacher Academy received three (3) college credits from Bloomsburg University upon completion of the two-week program and a stipend through the grant. This is a two-year grant and teachers from the region will again be able to participate in next summer: June 19 - 30, 2017 and July 10-21, 2017.
Highlights from July 2016 teacher academy (Powerpoint Show)