Goal 2 Resources: Improve STEM Teacher Training and Professional Development Quality
Revitalize STEM teacher preservice education, induction, and professional development programs that attract and prepare a diverse group of P–16 STEM teachers and promote their effectiveness, retention, lifelong learning, and continued involvement in research.
RESOURCES ON THIS PAGE:
- P–16 teacher development opportunities in STEM and STEM instructional resources.
- Information for other stakeholders about STEM teacher development.
1. News Stories
Short news stories about STEM teacher training and professional development activities on the Illinois campus.
2. Funded Projects Directory
Directory of current externally funded P-16 teacher training and professional development projects on the Illinois campus.
3. Funding Opportunities
External funding opportunities for teacher training and professional development programs and research.
4. STEM Teacher Development and Resources
Opportunities and resources for preservice and inservice P-16 STEM teachers.
P–16 STEM Teacher Development Events
Opportunities are posted as program information becomes available.
- ASM High School Teacher Camp: American Society of Materials camp for STEM high school teachers.
- Knowles Science Teaching Foundation: KSTF Teaching Fellowships: Awards fellowships in the areas of biological sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences. The fellowship is designed to meet the needs of beginning teachers from the onset of the credentialing process through the early years of their careers. Fellows receive: stipends, funding for professional development, grants for teaching materials, leadership and mentoring oportunities. Webinars: 9/10/13 and 9/18/13. Application period deadline: October 15, 2013.
- Lake Ontario Shipboard Science Workshop: For 4th-12th grade teachers and non-formal educators; Research Cruise on Lake Ontario. Dates: July 7-13, 2013 Applications due April 30, 2013. Online application.
- Naturally Illinois Expo: The Expo showcases the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute, which includes the Illinois Natural History Survey, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, the Illinois State Geological Survey, the Illinois State Water Survey, and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. Exhibits include: Waste to Oil Demonstration; Animal Bones of Illinois; Floodplain Simulation; Kids' Fossil Dig; Earthquakes Now and Then; Honey Bees - Live!; Mummy Science. 2015 dates: TBA (2013 dates: March 8-9, 2013).
- Student Research Facilitation Course for STEM educators: This is a professional development opportunity for STEM teachers to develop or advance a program that facilitates their own students' research.Duration: 11 weeks, beginning September 30, 2013. To register or enquire.
- XSEDE/National Computational Science Institute Summer Workshops: College and high school educators who want to introduce or expand the use of computational resources in their classrooms can apply for a series of FREE summer workshops on computational science, sponsored by XSEDE (the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) and the National Computational Science Institute (NCSI).
- Computational Biology for Biology Educators, July 22-25, 2013, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
- Computational Chemistry for Chemistry Educators, June 24-28, 2013, at Linfield College or July 26-27, 2013, at Stark State College of Technology
- Computational Physics for Physics Educators, Aug. 5-8, 2013, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
- Intermediate Parallel Computing, July 14-20, 2013, Louisiana State University
- Introduction to Computational Thinking, Aug. 12-15, 2013, Jackson State University
These workshops, including meals, will be free for all participants. A limited number of spaces in each workshop will be available for those who require housing; double occupancy housing will be provided at no cost. A limited number of travel scholarships may also be available. Those interested in travel scholarships should complete the scholarship application, which can be submitted after you apply for the workshop.
At the ASM Materials Camp, you can find out how to use low cost/no cost, simple labs and experiments using everyday materials that can be integrated into your existing lesson plans to actively engage students in applied science. As an added benefit, you can earn CEU or graduate credits! Dates: July 22-26, 2013.
P–16 STEM Instructional and PD Resources
- Academic Challenge: Science/engineering test competitions for high school students. Teachers at participating schools (400+ schools in Illinois) select their best students for their teams and coach them using old tests for practice. There are three levels of competition for Academic Challenge: regionals (in February), sectionals (in March), and state finals (in April) on the UIUC campus.
- American Chemical Society Classroom Resources: For elementary/middle school, high school, undergrad, two-year college, and graduate education.
- Inquiry in Action: A resource for guided, inquiry-based activities that grade 3-6 teachers and students can use to supplement physical science curriculum.
- MiddleSchoolChemistry.com: A resource of guided, inquiry-based lesson plans for grades 6-8 that covers basic chemistry concepts along with the process of scientific investigation.
Public Engagement Portal
This searchable portal contains additional information about STEM education opportunities for K-12 students and professional development opportunities for K–12 teachers.