Professional Development & STEM Engagement
NAU helps STEM educators improve instruction.
CSTL’s Professional Development (PD) team helps current STEM educators improve their teaching practices through customized support sessions. The team provides a deep and lasting impact through systemic improvement of science educators based on research and evidence-based practice methods. They promote high quality STEM education across Arizona, United States, and the world to engage learners in in-depth STEM learning.
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CSTL supports new secondary science and math teachers through Induction courses
- Supports first and second year science and math teachers in secondary classrooms
- Begins with teachers participating in 2-day face-to-face summer meetings
- Course continues online, meeting once per month throughout the school year
- Provides 40-45 hours for professional development
More info on Induction here.
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NAU’s CSTL supports the broader impact of STEM research
- STEM outreach and education
- Professional development of STEM educators
- Reaching underserved audiences
- A series of 1-2 week summer institutes
- A series of weekend institutes throughout the academic year
- 1-3 day workshops
- Web-based professional support
- Short courses, presentations, and workshops at conferences
- Mentoring, coaching
- We design and implement professional learning that incorporates research-based strategies and materials that support the vision of A Framework for K-12 Science Education
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- Community organizations and non-profits
- School districts/local education agencies
- Governmental organizations
- Informal education organizations
- Higher education
- K-12 teachers
- Educational researchers
- Citizen scientists
- Grand Canyon Trust
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- Increase STEM content knowledge and instructional skills
- Develop STEM leadership skills
- Engage in three dimensional integration of science and engineering practices, disciplinary core content, and cross cutting concepts
- Gain experience with specific STEM curricula such as Making Sense of Science® and Engineering is Elementary®
- Review and build STEM lessons and/or units
- Examine student work and reflect on STEM teaching
Professional Development Opportunities
Ongoing | Consultations: Embracing New Arizona Science Standards. More info here.
- Supports high quality STEM education and educators at multiple levels
- Is ongoing, sustained, collaborative
- Goes beyond a single workshop model for implementation
- Improves STEM content and pedagogy
- Provides development of STEM Leadership
- Is job embedded
- Is based on research and best practices
- Promotes the vision of A Framework for K-12 Science Education
Developed from partnerships, The CSTL PD team is involved with several exciting projects.
- iCREATE – iCREATE helps foster a passion for STEM while providing a technology-rich experience to develop students’ skills.
- FEWSION for Community Resilience (F4R) – Community outreach to map and to dialogue Energy, Food, and Water Systems (FEWS).
- APS STEM Focus Schools for the Future
- Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology, & Science (PLANETS).
– Provides pilot, research and learning opportunities
– Partners: NASA, Museum of Science, Boston, US Geological Survey Astrogeology
- Power of Data (POD) – Enables secondary teachers to utilize geospatial technologies (GST) within authentic STEM projects to increase 6-12 grade students’ 21st century skills, GST and STEM career awareness.
– Partners: Horizon Research, Inc, GISetc, NAU Geology, Geography, Planning and Recreation, Seri
– Advisors: WestEd (MSPs), Making Sense of Science (MSS)
- Engineering Is Elementary (EIE) – Professional learning sessions prepare you to facilitate immersive EiE professional development workshops for teachers in your school, district, or state.
- Making Sense of Science (MSS) – Workshops to delve into Systems as a cross-cutting concept as outlined in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and more fully understand forces, motion, and how the two are related.
- and many more…