Teacher Professional Development and Pedagogy

STELAR ITEST PI & Evaluator Summit 2016: Making Connections to Broaden Participation in STEM

The STELAR ITEST PI & Evaluator Summit was held on Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3, 2016, at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, VA. The Summit was an opportunity for ITEST Principal Investigators (PIs) and evaluators to come together and share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the ITEST program. More than 150 people attended the Summit, representing 80 ITEST projects.

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Applications now open for Power of Data Facilitation Academy July 11-15 in Flagstaff

The Power of Data (POD) Project has been recognized by Change the Equation as an Accomplished STEMworks Program that makes a real impact on students. Our professional learning programs enable 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.  

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Does playing Minecraft promote interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math?

The ITEST Research Study, Creating a Virtual Infrastructure for Engaging Rural Youth in STEM Disciplines through Computer Science, was recently featured on Maine Public Broadcasting Network's interactive radio program Maine Calling. This project will use LearnToMod for Minecraft to engage middle school students in rural Maine with computer science and math concepts.

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STEM Learning: IT Integration and Collaborative Strategies

This book reports the results of a three-year research program funded by the National Science Foundation which targeted students and teachers from four Detroit high schools and discusses the creation of a Community of Designers-- an environment in which high school students and teachers, undergraduate/graduate student assistants, and STEM area faculty and industry experts worked together as a cohesive team.

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Association for Science Teacher Education 2016 International Meeting

The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) promotes leadership and support for professionals involved in the education and development of teachers of science at all levels.  ASTE advances practice and policy through scholarship, collaboration, and innovation in science teacher education. The theme of the 2016 meeting is Forging New Trails towards 21st Century Science Education.  It takes place on January 7-9, 2016, in Reno, NV.

To register for the conference and/or view the conference schedule, visit:

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REL Webinar - Mathematical Thinking and Communication: Access for English Learner Students

This webinar will present current research findings that demonstrate the importance of language proficiency for math learning among English learner students.

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Next Generation STEM Learning for All: A Forum Supported by the National Science Foundation

On November 9th, 2015 Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and SRI International, with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), hosted a one-day Forum on “Next Generation STEM Learning for All” in Washington D.C.

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Self-Efficacy Teaching and Knowledge Instrument for Science Teachers (SETAKIST)

Building on previous research on the Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument (STEBI) (I. Riggs and L. Enochs, 1990), the Self-Efficacy Teaching and Knowledge Instrument for Science Teachers (SETAKIST), hypothesizes that science teacher self-efficacy exists in two constructs: teaching efficacy and knowledge efficacy.  This instrument is comprised of 16 items, each measured by a 5-point Likert scale.  

The link provides documentation for the SETAKIST as well as the SETAKIST itself.

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Professional Development Integrating Technology: Does Delivery Format Matter?

Abstract The goal of the two Power of Data (POD) projects was to increase science, technology and math skills through the implementation of project-based learning modules that teach students how to solve problems through data collection and analysis utilizing geospatial technologies. Professional development institutes in two formats were offered to encourage teachers to implement the modules.

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2016 AERA Annual Meeting - Call for Submissions

About the Annual Meeting

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas -- from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy. It is where to encounter ideas and data that will shape tomorrow's education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the U.S. and around the world. 

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