Region 10 STEM Cohort 2022-2023
Purpose of Cohort: Region 10 STEM will provide educators with STEM experiences and encourage ALL subject areas to be a part of this STEM cohort. STEM skills and content can help close the gaps that have widened over the last two years with the pandemic and provide equitable access to STEM for all students. STEM Fluency skills are not just for science and math classes; they are valuable in every corner of education. These skills are critical to our economy’s survival and for providing STEM developed employees to our local businesses. We have data that shows we are graduating about 10% of students with a STEM endorsement. Most students drop the STEM path by the time they enter 8th grade. Our goal is to address and design skill-building experiences for teachers, grades K-8. Through these experiences, districts will be able to support all students in developing STEM fluency skills and provide awareness of the STEM career paths available. STEM isn’t just rockets and robots. It’s much, much more! Click HERE for more information about the cohort.
TEA Statewide STEM Leadership Training- This two-day immersive professional development workshop prepares campus administrators and STEM leaders to shape, support, and sustain STEM initiatives within their district or campus. Participants will learn by doing, engaging directly in the instructional approaches most critical to the STEM endeavor: project-based learning, design-based challenges, and computational thinking. Working backwards from a model vision for STEM education, the session culminates with leaders collaboratively planning for real-life implementation of STEM programming.
STEM and the 5E Mindset- This immersive professional development workshop prepares STEM leaders to shape, support, and sustain STEM initiatives within their district or campus. Participants will learn by doing, engaging directly in the instructional approaches most critical to the STEM endeavor: project-based learning and design-based challenges. Working backwards from a model vision for STEM education, the session culminates with leaders collaboratively planning for real-life implementation of STEM programming.
Planning Purposefully for STEM- This session focuses on STEM Challenges and how to incorporate them into the classroom. Participants will work through their own challenge, discuss applications and then reflect on how they can plan their own lesson through the subject lens they choose.
Engineering in Nature- Engineering in Nature through the lens of Life Science. Science and engineering are not mutually exclusive subjects! Let’s explore new strategies to turn your environmental science projects into more creative pursuits through the lens of biomimicry. In this course, you will learn about the benefits of taking science lessons outdoors, how to plan for science in nature, and use engineering principles to connect emphasize critical thinking skills in science. The session takes place at Dallas Arboretum and will culminate with the creation of a hands-on science and engineering lesson.
Design Thinking for Science, Math and STEM/STEAM - this experiential learning session will let you work through mini-projects learning design thinking from a student’s perspective! Come participate with other teachers and learn how design thinking works to solve real-world problems. Take what you learn back to your students to stretch their minds. (K-12 – 3 hrs)
Outdoor Inquiry LOL (K-12) – Do you like spending time outside? Do you prefer to learn outside of the classroom in a collaborative manner? If you answered ‘yes’, then the Outdoor Inquiry Learning Series is perfect for you. Region 10 Teaching & Learning Consultants along with Dallas Arboretum staff (when available) will guide you on an outdoor learning journey based on your content area. They will show you all the Children’s Adventure Garden has to offer you and your students. This is experiential and hands-on learning at its finest! The first part of the day will be spent outside with hands-on learning that will involve quite a bit of walking. The second part of the day will be a collaborative effort that forms a vision of how to bring the content of our day to the classroom. Please bring a fully-charged laptop to better participate in this collaborative effort. Teachers will receive 6 CPE hours upon submitting their plan for instruction based on the content learned on site. (6 hours)