Professional development

Joelle and Lori
Joelle Clark (left) and Lori Rubino-Hare offer EIE PD workshops
 

Engineering is Elementary Welcomes New Partners

Joelle Clark and Lori Rubino-Hare are professional development providers for Northern Arizona University’s Center for Science Teaching and Learning. They’re also among Engineering is Elementary's first Endorsed Professional Development Partners. 

EiE is setting up hubs across the country to offer instruction in the EiE curriculum. Since becoming EiE PD partners, Joelle and Lori have offered four workshops for 38 Arizona teachers.

“With the advent of the Next Generation Science Standards, we’re customizing our workshops to highlight the S, T, and E in STEM,” says Joelle. “EiE has revolutionized our PD practice.”

Joelle and Lori have also introduced EiE to pre-service students at the university. In the future, they hope to offer more STEM learning opportunities for rural and Native American communities.
 

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Professional development program results

Program satisfaction of teachers surveyed (n=215)

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  • 98 percent reported that the overall quality of the program was high.
  • 97 percent reported that the overall quality of the instructors was high.
  • 99 percent reported that the instructor demonstrated strong content knowledge.
  • 92 percent reported that they would be able to implement strategies learned while teaching science in their classroom.

 Who we serve 

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557 educators have participated in intensive workshops and multi-day institutes since May 2008.82 percent of these educators participated in programs five or more days in length.

77 percent of the participants teach in Title 1 schools. 70 percent of participants teach in rural schools—outside of Maricopa or Pima counties or reservation schools.

170 schools from across Arizona are represented and 10 Arizona counties are represented:

  • Yavapai
  • Maricopa
  • Coconino
  • Navajo
  • Pinal
  • Apache
  • Pima
  • Cochise
  • Gila
  • Yuma

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 Not all teacher participants were surveyed.