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:
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. Opportunities, including new dates for events that occur in consecutive years, are posted as program information becomes available. Until new dates are available, we retain the date of the previous year's event, since they often happen around the same time every year.
P–16 STEM Teacher Development Events
- ASM High School Teacher Camp: American Society of Materials camp for STEM high school teachers.
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: June 23–27, 2014.
- 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. Application period window for 2015 teaching fellowships: April 14–October 15, 2014.
- 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).
- nano@illinois Research Experience for Teachers: This 6-week nanotechnology research experience at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is for STEM teachers/community college faculty and pre-service STEM teachers (rising juniors or higher). Benefits include: $7000 stipend (teachers) or $3500 stipend (pre-service), materials stipend, travel support, room and board, hands-on research, faculty/peer mentoring, professional development, networking. U.S. citizenship or national or permanent residency is required. The selection committee supports diversity among RET participants and their school populations. Contact person: Carrie Kouadio, RET Coordinator; email; phone: 217-244-1353. Dates: June 16-July 25, 2014. Apply by April 20th, 2014 for full consideration. APPLICATION. For more information: Download PDF flyer
- 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.
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.
ACS Chemistry in the Community Webinars: Increase your understanding of the high school text,
Chemistry in the Community (ChemCom), while gaining instructional tips and techniques for student lab investigations and classroom activities.
BeeSpace: Instructional resources for high school biology, ecology, and environmental science classes
Bugscope: Free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope for K-16 classrooms worldwide
Center for the Physics of Living Cells: Curriculum Resources: In collaboration with local teachers, we have developed a series of curriculum resources for use in secondary science instruction. Resources are designed for physics, chemistry, and biology teachers.
Chickscope: Students use classroom computers to access data generated from scientific instruments
Chic Tech: Teams of undergraduate women visit high schools to demystify the field of computer science and inform female students about the joy of studying it as a college major. One component, the Technical Ambassadors Competition, challenges groups of up to 5 high school girls to create a technical service project for a community non-profit organization. Winning projects receive cash prizes, and finalists are invited to a weekend retreat at Illinois.
DATA: Demonstrations and Animations for Teaching Astronomy: Astronomy teaching resources.
Earth's Atmosphere: Educational resource for elementary school units on earth's atmosphere, weather, and climate.
ELATE at Drexel: Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) is a national leadership development program designed to advance senior women faculty in academic engineering, computer science, and related fields into effective institutional leadership roles within their schools and universities.
Engineering Advocates: Illinois Engineering students visit K–12 schools to share their knowledge and love of engineering with @ 6000 youth per year. They conduct hands-on workshops at elementary and middle schools and make a PowerPoint presentation about engineering careers and admission to Illinois at high schools; they also conduct workshops for groups such as Girl Scouts and participate in conferences and career fairs for middle and high school students. Contact Engineering Advocates.
EnLiST Resources: Physics and chemistry materials for high school teacher leaders.
EtoysIllinois: K–5 teaching with EToys software and teaching computer languages
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology: An international competition allowing students to explore science and technology through robotics. Illinois hosts a regional Lego Robotics competition every December, with @ 220 children participating annually. College of Engineering supports Robotics Program (ages 9–14), and Vex Robotics (high school). Teachers in AP Physics classes employ Vex robotics to provide a hands-on approach to physics principles.
Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL): This group of mathematicians seeks to share their love of geometry with people of all ages. Student members of the lab perform outreach in schools, after-school clubs, and provide workshops and resources for local high school and middle school teachers. Contact IGL. I-STEM article: Illinois Geometry Lab: Changing the Shape of Math Research...and Outreach.
iRISE (Illinois Researchers in Partnership with K-12 Science Educators): The Illinois Researchers in Partnership with K-12 Science Educators (iRISE) Project aims to bring hands-on science and engineering lessons to underrepresented middle school students and their teachers in Illinois. iRISE is centered around a graduate course which trains science and engineering PhD students in educational outreach. As a part of the course, graduate students develop and teach science and engineering lessons to local middle school students. iRISE also teaches an annual summer workshop for Illinois middle school teachers.
iRobotics: This student organization seeks to share their love of robotics with youngsters. Outreach events they perform include judging competitions; doing demonstrations in local schools; and helping start, mentor, or prepare teams for competition. Contact iRobotics. I-STEM article on iRobotics.
Illinois State Board of Education Educator Certification Information: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provides endorsements for teacher certifications. Endorsements are available in several subject areas, including Biological Science, Computer Applications, Computer Science, General Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, and Environmental Science. Specific requirements for endoresements are listed here.
NanoCEMMS Online Labs: Nanotechnology lab activities that can be used in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms; labs include materials lists, step-by-step procedures, and downloadable materials .
Physics Van: Performs physics demonstrations in Champaign-Urbana, IL area elementary schools
Physics Lecture Demonstration Database: Designed to help physics instructors find demonstrations for their lectures
Prairie Research Institute Teacher Resources. These teacher resources under Teachers/Youth Groups Resources were developed for the Naturally Illinois Expo.
REACT (Reaching and Educating Tomorrow's Chemists Today). Each semester, the program visits every local school within a 30 mile radius of campus to work with third grade youngsters in hands-on activities in chemistry. The program also performs demonstration shows, visits local after-school facilities, and hosts on-campus and off-campus sessions for families to do hands-on science together for an evening each month.
I-STEM article: REACT: Reaching and Educating Tomorrow's Chemists Today.
Sustainability Teacher Workshop: The ISTC Sustainability Teacher Workshop is designed to introduce sustainable technologies into the classroom. Each year a different topic related to sustainable research will be featured with the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers of similar grade levels to produce an NGSS compatible learning unit related to that technology. CPDUs will be available through the University of Illinois.
This year's sustainability topic is biochar (a byproduct of pyrolysis). Teachers will participate in an experiment using scientific methodology to determine the effect of biochar on an agricultural crop.
- 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.
TCIP (Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid): Interactive lessons help teachers and students learn about the system that delivers electricity and challenges for the future
The Power of the Wind: Curriculum includes several small projects that teach about the wind and its uses while introducing engineering design and engaging learners in doing, testing, reflecting, and revising.
University of Illinois Extension: Teacher resources in horticulture, nutrition and health, and environmental stewardship, and schools online, which contains science resources.
WaterCAMPWS: Teaching and learning resources on water purification systems.
VetMed Open House: The VetMed Open House shows the public what truly goes on inside an animal hospital, giving visitors a taste of what it takes to be a veterinarian via numerous hands-on activities for all ages. Next Open House: October 5, 2014. I-STEM article on Open House 2013: Vet Med Open House Appeals to Young and Old Alike.
Wildlife Encounters: Created and operated by the University of Illinois' College of Veterinary Medicine, this site offers resources for K-12 students and teachers.
- Date: 8/1/2014
- Time: 8am-5:00 pm
- CPDUs: 8 hours
- Cost: Free (lunch provided)
- Where: 1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign IL 61820
- Eligibility: Illinois high school science teachers
- Registration: Open until full.
- Questions? Contact Kirsten Walker
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.