Teachers Gather At VW For STEM Hub Event

Monday, July 29, 2013

Teachers gathered around the region last week for an intensive three-day seminar in STEM education. 

These STEM Teaching Fellows are a cohort of educators from 16 school districts who are participating in a year-long training program focused on expanding science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instruction in classrooms. 

In its second year, the STEM Teaching Fellows program provides educators with a diverse spectrum of training experiences, including monthly seminars, classroom coaching, job shadow opportunities and community partner projects. 

“The STEM Teaching Fellows program helps increase students’ hands-on STEM learning experiences by giving educators new skills and resources to use in their classrooms,” said Tracey Carisch, managing director at the STEM Innovation Hub.

This year’s class of 41 STEM Teaching Fellows were selected through a region-wide application process and represent different grades and subject areas. 

“Some may think that STEM is focused on math and science, but this group of teachers effectively reflects the diversity of STEM learning,” said Keri Randolph, director of learning and lead facilitator for the STEM Fellows program. She refers to the broad teacher experience found in the cohort, ranging from early elementary through high school, and including subject areas such as music, history, art and Career & Technical Education. 

“STEM is not defined by specific courses or student achievement,” Randolph said. “It’s a model for teaching students how to collaborate, think critically and solve problems no matter what the subject area or grade level.”

At last week’s seminar, the teachers and their principals toured the Volkswagen plant and explored the many business and community partners available to support STEM learning. Throughout the year, the STEM Teaching Fellows will be reaching outside their schools to connect with partners and bring STEM innovations into their classrooms. 

To engage as a STEM partner or learn more about the STEM Teaching Fellows program, visit the STEM Innovation Hub web site at www.gogetstem.org.


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