Archive for November, 2010


Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Training Institute

on November 30, 2010 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Comments Off on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Training Institute

I recently conducted a five-day science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher training institute for advisors/teachers who work with middle through high school-age males. During the five-day STEM institute participants were actively engaged in exploring STEM content and processes through hands-on-minds-on investigations. The majority of the STEM investigations that were undertaken during the training used inexpensive materials that are readily available. This makes the STEM training experience truly a beneficial experience for both the teacher participant and their students. With the emphasis on providing STEM education experiences for all students in America’s classrooms it’s critical that the cost of  teaching STEM content and processes within America’s classrooms and afterschool programs be affordable to implement, and meaningful to the student.

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NCATE Panel Calls for Turning Teacher Education “Upside Down.”

on November 23, 2010 in Teacher Training Workshops Comments Off on NCATE Panel Calls for Turning Teacher Education “Upside Down.”

A national expert panel composed of education experts and critics called for teacher education to be “turned upside down” by revamping programs to place clinical practice at the photo STEM teacher training by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski center of teacher preparation. The new vision of preparation will require the development of partnerships with school districts in which teacher education becomes a shared responsibility between P-12 schools and higher education. Eight states including: California; Colorado; Maryland; New York; Ohio; Oregon; and Tennessee have committed to implementing teacher education reform based on the NCATE panel recommendations. Read the NCATE panel recommendations here.

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