Professional Development for STEM Educators

Professional Development for STEM Educators

Are you trying to improve your Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teaching skills this year? Even if you’re not a STEM teacher, you can still learn how to connect your subject to STEM with some professional development opportunities.

If you can’t go somewhere in person to attend a conference or workshop, you can seek out chances to learn on the internet with webcasts, online PD courses, virtual conferences, and so much more.

Online PD Opportunities

     1. Read up on best practices for K-12 STEM programs

     2. Attend a free webcast lecture by Voyager scientist Alan Cummings (Sept. 9, 2017)

     3. Earn STEM Digital Badges for the Centennial of NASA’s Langley Research Center (Deadline: Oct. 21, 2017)

     4. Brush up on your coding skills (or start learning how to code) with resources like Freecodecamp or Code Academy

     5. Apply to be an educator participant in the Mars Student Imaging Project

     6. Check out online resources and curriculum from Exploratorium’s Institute for Inquiry

     7. Enroll in ‘self-paced PD courses’ on PBS’s Teacherline

     8. Earn your STEM certification through the National Institute for STEM Education

     9. Sign up for one of National Science Teacher Association’s (NSTA) virtual conferences

In addition to online resources, there are many STEM Education-focused conferences to attend nationwide. Conference season is just about over for the year, but there are few listed in this post that are worth the wait.

Upcoming STEM Conferences

     1. National Science Teacher’s Association Conferences, dates and locations vary

     2. Massachusetts STEM Summit in Worcester, MA on November 14, 2017

     3. T3 Conference: Teachers Teaching with Technology in San Antonio, TX from March 2-4, 2018

     4. STEMCON in Chicago, IL on April 20, 2018

     5. International Society of Technology Education in Chicago, IL from June 24-27, 2018

We hope this list was helpful, but we know that it is far from exhaustive: Leave a comment down below to let us know what your favorite resources are!

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Concept Schools is a nonprofit charter management organization that provides a high-quality, STEM-focused and college-preparatory education through a network of charter schools while offering exceptional programs, comprehensive services, and opportunities to partner in education.

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