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. 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.
- 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 2016 teaching fellowships: TBA: (2014 window was 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. Dates: April 17 & 18, 2015. Location: Forbes Building in Research Park.
- 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
- 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.
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 22–26, 2015. Application deadline: March 31, 2015
P–16 STEM Instructional and PD Resources
- 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.
Teacher and Principal Fellowships
- 2015-2016 Principal Ambassador Fellowship: The PAF program is meant to recognize the important impact that a principal has on instructional leadership, the school environment, and talent management. In order to implement needed reforms, all stakeholders, and most importantly teachers and principals, must understand the intent of policy and be engaged in the outcomes. The PAF position provides outstanding principals who have a record of leadership, student achievement, strong communication skills, and insights from their school experiences an opportunity to highlight the voice of the principal within the education community and the country at large. Application deadline: 1/20/15. Online Application.
The mission and goals of the PAF program are too:
- Recognize the importance and impact of principals in schools on instructional leadership, talent management, and community culture
- Improve education programs and policies by strengthening the connection to practical knowledge about school realities to find a better way to recruit, prepare, develop, and retain effective school leaders
- Highlight the voice of principals with the education community and country at large
Throughout this experience, the fellows work in cohorts to achieve three goals:
- LEARN about federal education policy and ED
- REACH out to principals and other school leaders in the field
- REFLECT with ED staff on the knowledge gained
- 2015-2016 Teaching Ambassador Fellowship: Only currently practicing Preschool-12th grade teachers and instructional coaches/specialists with at least five years of experience are eligible to apply for this program.Application deadline: 1/20/15. Online Application.
Qualities they are seeking in Teaching Ambassador Fellow are listed below:
- Contributions to Student Learning – the extent to which the candidate has had demonstrable and meaningful impact on student achievement and school success;
- Effective Leadership – the extent to which the candidate brings a record of effective leadership and team work amongst peers and other key stakeholders;
- Communication Skills – the extent to which the candidate demonstrates the written and oral communication skills required to serve as a Fellow;
- Other Applicable Skills and Experience – the extent to which the candidate demonstrates experience linked with the unique requirements and attributes of the Fellowship role.
- Relevant Interests and Expertise – the extent to which the candidate has the ability to provide relevant insights from school and district experiences to education policy, programs, and initiatives; and,
- School System Support – the extent to which the candidate has demonstrable support from their school and district for program participation.
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.