Teacher Professional Development and Pedagogy

Coupling Geospatial and Computer Modeling Technologies to Engage High School Students in Learning Urban Ecology

Chapter 11 in M. Urban and D. Falvo (Eds) Improving K-12 STEM Education Outcomes through Technological Integration. IGI Global: Hershey, PA.


To Customize or Not to Customize? Exploring Science Teacher Customization in an Online Lesson Portal

New technologies are increasingly giving science teachers the ability to access and customize science lessons. However, there is substantial debate in the literature about whether and under what conditions teacher customization benefit student learning. In this study, we examined teacher customization of inquiry-based science lessons from an online lesson portal. We found that students who completed teacher-customized lessons had greater improvements in science content understanding than students who completed non-customized lessons.


Confronting Barriers to Teaching Elementary Science: After-School Science Teaching Experiences for Preservice Teachers

This qualitative study examines the transition of eight elementary preservice teachers into student teaching after participating in a science methods course that included a significant amount of teaching after-school science to elementary grade students. These eight participants had a chance to practice teaching inquiry-based science and to reform their own perceptions of science teaching and learning through an eight-week after-school science program situated within their elementary science methods course.


Curricular Influences on Female Afterschool Facilitators’ Computer Science Interests and Career Choices

Underrepresented populations such as women, African-Americans, and Latinos/as often come to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers by less traditional paths than White and Asian males. To better understand how and why women might shift toward STEM, particularly computer science, careers, we investigated the education and career direction of afterschool facilitators, primarily women of color in their twenties and thirties, who taught Build IT, an afterschool computer science curriculum for middle school girls.


Preparing Teachers to Use GIS: The Impact of a Hybrid Professional Development Program on Teachers’ Use of GIS

This article reports the findings of a 3-year study of a hybrid professional development program designed to prepare science and mathematics teachers to implement GIS in their classrooms. The study was conducted as part of the CoastLines Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers project funded by the National Science Foundation. Three cohorts of teachers participated in the program, with each participant receiving 40 h of synchronous online instruction and 80 h of in-person instruction and support over an 8-month period.


National Science Foundation STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) Program Solicitation

As computing has become an integral part of the practice of modern science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the STEM + Computing Partnerships program seeks to address the urgent need to prepare students from the early grades through high school in the essential skills, competencies, and dispositions needed to succeed in a computationally-dependent world.


ITEEA 2017 Annual Conference

The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association will hold their 79th Annual Conference: Engaging and Empowering Decision Makers through Integrative STEM Education

The conference will be held from March 16-18, 2017 in Dallas, TX. For information and to register visit the following link: 



ASTE 2017 International Meeting

The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) will be holding their 2017 International Meeting from January 12-14, 2017 in Des Moines, IA.

For information about registering please visit the following link: http://theaste.org/join-aste/


Beyond School Hours XX: 2017 National Education Conference

Join the Beyond School Hours XX: 2017 National Education Conference for four incredible days of learning, empowerment and inspiration.

  • Get big ideas for immediate results. Take home skills, tools and a renewed passion for improving learning outcomes for young people across the entire day, through:
  • Hands-on workshops and pre-conferences led by national experts
  • Motivating keynote presentations and panel discussions
  • Powerful networking opportunities and celebrations
  • Fascinating educational excursions

Apply Today! Power of Data Facilitation Academy June 19-23, 2017 in Flagstaff

The Power of Data (POD) is a professional development program that enables secondary teachers to increase students’ content knowledge, 21st century skills and awareness of geospatial technology careers through Geospatial Inquiry and data analysis.