Professional Development and Training
STEM learning experiences require an evolution of thinking for all stakeholders. STEM NOLA employs strategies of the Engineering Design Process (EDP) and Project-Based Learning (PBL) to help teachers and students engage in real-world experiences threaded through an academic lens.
STEM NOLA can,
- Provide professional development on effective teaching strategies, evaluation techniques, and STEM content for faculty, staff, administrators and community stakeholders for K-12 schools.
- Train teachers and staff on sustaining the model of STEM learning experiences
- Increase academic achievement for students in STEM coursework
- Increase community engagement between K-12 STEM schools and community stakeholders
- Integrate state mandated curriculum needs with STEM curriculum
- Monitor classroom instruction and evaluations throughout the school year
Teacher Professional Development
STEM teacher workshops are designed to provide a context for instruction for math, science, ELA, literacy and technology content standards. These workshops follow the engineering design process, so participants can expect to start each workshop with a problem and work collaboratively to design or engineer the best solution. This one-day workshop will equip teachers to model this teaching in their own classrooms.
Specially designed workshops that deconstruct the math and science content at the K-5 level or 6-12 level to ensure teacher understanding. Also, alignment to CCSS, NGSS, and Louisiana content standards will be considered. Teachers will experience individual STEM lessons which will be developed to align with state and district standards for lessons.
Teacher Strategies Workshops
Teacher focused workshops that provide a context for instruction for math, science, ELA, literacy and technology content standards. These project-based workshops follow the Engineering Design Process (EDP), wherein participants can expect to start each workshop with a problem and work collaboratively to design or engineer the best solution. Project-Based Learning (PBL) is learning by doing. It centers on helping students understand the environment around them. PBL instruction does not happen immediately for teachers and students. It is a huge paradigm shift from traditional teaching methods.
Learning Assessment Strategies
Learning assessment strategies in a STEM learning environment will help teachers to blend both formal and informal assessment techniques to capture student knowledge. Learning to manage a STEM classroom equips teachers in setting up the daily operations for the school year to keep students both safe and engaged. Having this assistance from the beginning, helps provide a smoother transition for both students and teachers. These workshops will prepare teachers to model this teaching in their own classrooms.
Administrator Professional Development
Administrator workshops support individuals or their leadership team to help sustain STEM learning within the building. Whether STEM learning is built from the top-down or ground up in a school, administrative support is key to the success of teachers and students.
Creating A STEM Culture
This workshop is designed to help build a maintain STEM awareness and instruction within your school. Whether you are seeking a STEM recognition for your school or wish to integrate mathematics and science standards, this one-day experience will guide your leadership team to creating a sustainable plan.
Recognizing STEM in the Classroom
This workshop will help administrators identify model STEM teaching within their building. Administrators will participate in mock evaluations and receive help in designing a convenient walk through tool.