"STEAL THIS" SESSIONS
"Steal This" Sessions elevate solutions that partners from across the network have developed so that we might all benefit, contribute, and drive forwards our collective ability to make progress. Partners are invited to present solutions – models, practices, strategies and more – that respond to one of the grand challenges.
GRAND CHALLENGE: Teaching lacks prestige and is not widely perceived as a top career choice.
Boston University College of Engineering
"Use of the human-centered design process in the 100Kin10 K-12 Engineering Fellowship uncovered interesting opportunities and challenges for propelling curious engineers into secondary math and science teaching. In October 2012, BU College of Engineering and School of Education created the STEM Educator Engineer Program that enables engineers to complete their BS in engineering and Masters of Arts in Teaching. Each year about 30 Inspiration Ambassadors are highly interested making a difference by can authentically and regularly bring their own classrooms to life with engineering."
Xavier University of Louisiana
"Teacher residency is a innovative new program to produce exceptional educators who want to make a career in teaching. Our presentation will discuss how New Orleans for New Schools (NSNO), four charter school networks, and Xavier University of LA collaborated to recruit potential candidates to become teachers in the New Orleans Area. The presentation will also discuss partnership & program sustainability; recruitment & selection; residency experience; and graduate impact."
"Over the past year, Teach Kentucky has set a goal to increase by sixty percent the amount of new STEM educators it recruits to launch their education careers in Louisville, Kentucky. We want to share how we balance recruiting more educators while maintaining our stringent application standards on a limited budget. We will detail specific recruitment techniques that differentiate our programs from our competitors."
GRAND CHALLENGE: Teachers are underprepared to teach STEM subjects
Morning Session Chaired by TeachingWorks
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
"The Museum's Community Engagement & Family Programs team has worked across settings, including in the HS on Rikers Island, to teach students and prepare instructors to teach Math in Motion, a program designed to involve all students in the intersection of math, engineering and design. The curriculum is aimed at sixth, seventh and eighth graders and utilizes a range of algebra, geometry, data collection and problem-solving skills, ultimately using these to have students design their own craft with 3D modeling. The team has worked with educators and instructors of all levels of knowledge to get them confident with content as well as adaptable to the spatial and cultural contexts they are teaching in."
The Academy has utilized undergraduates and graduate students to support the work of teachers through the Scientist in Residence Program. Scientists work one-on-one with teachers to develop lessons that lead to a final project.
Afternoon Session chaired by TeachingWorks
Center for STEM Education, UT Austin and Teachers of Mathematics Collaborative, UT Tyler
"Schools across the nation are struggling to build computer science teacher capacity. The WeTeach_CS project has created both online and in-person professional development that has supported over 180 teachers to become CS certified. Presenters will share resources your organization can use to support and train the teachers you work with as well as a model for effectively scaling CS teacher support statewide."
"Pre-service teachers in the aggieTEACH program (undergraduate students with STEM majors securing secondary mathematics or science certification) take a Senior Methods course prior to their Clinical Teaching experience. Normally the total field experience for the Senior Methods course is 40 hours (4 hours per week over 10 weeks) in a local school district. In order to give aggieTEACH students an opportunity to work in urban schools, students enrolled in the Spring ’17 semester will accrue the 40 hours of field observation in a one-week immersion experience (8 hours/day over 5 days) in Dallas Independent School District."
GRAND CHALLENGE: Many elementary teachers do not teach STEM subjects well.
Morning Session Chaired by Erikson Institute
Center for Children and Technology @ Education Development Center, Inc. and Bank Street College of Education
"In this session we will share a child-centered approach to engage teachers in learning about new ways of thinking about and teaching math. The Math for All professional development program, a collaboration between the EDC/Center for Children and Technology and Bank Street College of Education, engages teachers from grades K–5 in multiple cycles of planning and adapting math lesson, with a focus on one focal child they have questions about. We will describe how Math for All embeds and motivates learning of math content and pedagogy in the context of making instruction more accessible for a particular focal child, and discuss the impact of this approach on teachers' comfort, preparation, and pedagogical content knowledge for teaching math and their students' math achievement."
INSPIRE @ Purdue University
"Limited research-based curricula exists for teachers to use to introduce science, engineering and computational thinking to K-2 students. Teaching engineering, science and CT can be particularly challenging in the context of teaching requirements for literacy and mathematics. Our curriculum development work addresses this by integrating STEM+CT with literacy. Additionally, our research has focused on investigating what engineering and computational thinking can look like in K-2 classrooms. Understanding what engineering and CT can look like for K-2 learners can empower teachers to be able to provide engineering and CT experiences for all students -- opening new pathways for future engineers, computer scientists, and other STEM professionals."
Afternoon Session chaired by Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Community Resources for Science
"With high-quality personalized, ongoing support, access to user-friendly information, and effective connections to well-prepared scientists and engineers and partner organizations, elementary teachers become more informed, skilled, motivated and successful in increasing the quality and quantity of science learning experiences for students in their classrooms. This session will highlight elements of a successful network model to provide teachers with direct services and training, including fostering connections to a wide range of STEM professionals and educational partners. This model brings about lasting changes in teacher practices, school cultures, scientist engagement, collaborations, and student inspiration and learning experiences. The session will share tools other organizations can use to facilitate long-term teacher support, prepare STEM professionals for engaging with students and teachers, and work with partner organizations to identify and address gaps in the local STEM education landscape."
Bay Area Discovery Museum
"In this project, we tackle the question: How might we create opportunities for Bay Area communities (including teachers, parents, and children) to experience, understand and value engineering? We are launching a pilot with 10 Title 1 schools throughout the region to bring a mobile engineering lab that: (1) inspires young children to get excited about engineering; (2) scaffolds support for teachers to integrate engineering into their classroom practice; and (3) acts as a mobile billboard for parents and the community on the value of engineering. We will discuss the successes and challenges to date in taking our expertise "on the road.""
"PBS LearningMedia (PBSLM) provides free, high-quality media resources for PK-12 teachers. In 2016, PBS redesigned the organization structure for the STEM resources on the site to support alignment with NGSS standards. In this presentation, we will share work we have done to test instructional models and prototypes to optimize the delivery of quality digital media resources and PD that are aligned with the vision of the new K-12 Science framework. We will seek feedback on the design and contents of a toolkit that will provide value-added information and supports for PBSLM STEM content contributors, which includes multiple existing 100Kin10 partners."
GRAND CHALLENGE: PD does not satisfy STEM teachers' professional learning and growth needs.
Morning Session chaired by KQED
Fresno Unified School District
"Fresno Unified has developed a professional learning model that exposes aspiring and new teachers to phenomena-based experiences in STEM. Newer teachers lead much of the learning, with some of the professional learning built from partnerships within 100Kin10."
"STEMteachersNYC has demonstrated that workshops developed and led by teachers are both an effective and practical method for ongoing & sustainable professional development. With encouragement and administrative support, teachers can plan, organize and deliver workshops that attract and inspire other teachers. Local, grassroots organizations by teachers, for teachers, and about teaching are changing the PD game and motivating public, charter, & private school teachers across an entire metropolitan area."
"KQED Learning has developed instructional opportunities for youth to develop their communication skills by creating digital media and contributing to online conversations in ways that are meaningful to them. These opportunities range from civic engagement in social media spaces to activities that focus on creating and sharing information via videos, infographics, and other youth-created digital artifacts. A continual roadblock in the scaling of these activities, however, has been that many educators are not equipped to support their learners on this work. There is a lack of confidence and basic skills in digital media creation, even in high-tech communities such as the San Francisco Bay Area. KQED Learning realized that there were few opportunities for teachers to receive the necessary training and support to incorporate these activities confidently into their STEM classrooms. As such, KQED Learning created an online professional learning service, including a platform and community, to provide teachers with these resources."
Afternoon Session chaired by KQED
Maricopa County Education Service Agency
"In order for students to perceive themselves as future STEM professionals and persevere in rigorous STEM courses, they must develop a STEM identity. MCESA in collaboration with multiple Arizona 100kin10 partners is supporting science educators in redesigning classroom experiences to address factors identified by research that contribute to STEM identity development. The Engineering STEM Identity (ESI) program utilizes video-conference interactions with STEM Professionals who become STEM Role Models for middle school classrooms and engages students in STEM authentic project-based learning using the Engineering Design Process. The STEM Professionals act as consultants and support both students and teachers in solving a school or community need. Research factors support the model in developing STEM Identity for middle school students."
New Teacher Center
"Professional Learning is often focused on a one size fits all model. Utilizing research and best practices, New Teacher Center is embarking on a redesign of their professional learning using proficiency scales and personalized learning."
GRAND CHALLENGE: Science, Technology and Engineering are undervalued in schools.
MORNING Session chaired by Washington STEM
EnCorps STEM Teachers
"STEM professionals, when thoroughly prepared, are uniquely positioned to meaningfully utilize their talent and real-world expertise as EnCorps STEM Teachers to deliver an authentic, rigorous, and relevant STEM education to the students who need it most. This session will focus on the selection of and professional development for career-changing STEM professionals into teaching."
Maricopa County Education Service Agency
"Equipping school leaders with strategies, tools, and resources to advocate for STEM is critical. This session will share how the development of a STEM Leadership Series has assisted a group of Arizona educators to define their vision, develop a theory of action, set benchmarks, and gauge progress- activities which they report as leading to increased implementation and accountability with STEM integration at their sites. The presentation will describe the process for developing a cohort during which leaders can engage in collaborative learning and share best practices and resources to support increased opportunities for teachers to engage with STEM content and industry."
GRAND CHALLENGE: STEM teachers lack access to instructional resources and curriculum, as well as teaching materials.
Morning Session chaired by New Visions for Public Schools
San Diego Zoo Global
"Science teachers represent an essential ally in the fight against extinction so we created our Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science to engage teachers in relevant laboratory and field-based experiences, as well as prepare them for the role of facilitator in the open inquiry process and how to effectively engage their students in the creation of original questions and methods for answering them. To date, more than 900 teachers from all 50 states and six countries have engaged with our workshop curriculum, gaining innovative skills and new contexts to bring science disciplines to life in their classrooms."
U. S. Department of Energy
"Emerging science and technology has the power to excite teachers and their students. Couple increased content knowledge with access to diverse STEM professionals and low-cost relevant hands-on learning activities, and educators have the opportunity to engage their students with cutting-edge research and technology while exposing them to the wonder of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Laboratories. Through our STEM Mentoring Cafés and Girls of Energy e-book and website, we act as a conduit to inclusive STEM exposure of our singular assets at DOE."
Afternoon Session chaired by U.S Department of Energy
Arizona Science Center and Maricopa County Education Service Agency
"Research has shown that the cultivating of communities of practice is a successful strategy for creating, sharing, and applying knowledge in the business sector. This session will share how the COP strategy has been leveraged successfully in the education sector with 61 Arizona schools. It will describe the processes for establishing cross-stakeholder school teams and bringing them together for a series of meetings to network and both design and share solutions to challenges in STEM education related to funding, obtaining quality curriculum and resources, and engaging with STEM industry."
"The NGSS science practice standards emphasize the importance of “doing” science, but the National Academy of Science report that it lacks strategies for achieving these outcomes. To address this, Battelle, the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, has partnered with the Literacy Design Collaborative to create LDC Science, a free tool to facilitate “doing” science in the classroom while fulfilling state assessment standards. This session will feature preliminary outcomes from the approach, as well as a demonstration of LDC Science’s instructional resources that help teachers of all backgrounds bring experiential learning opportunities to their students through design challenges and disciplinary literacy."