Goal 2 Resources: Improve STEM Teacher Training and Professional Development Quality
Revitalize STEM teacher preservice education, induction, and professional development programs that attract and prepare a diverse group of P–16 STEM teachers and promote their effectiveness, retention, lifelong learning, and continued involvement in research.
RESOURCES ON THIS PAGE:
- P–16 teacher development opportunities in STEM and STEM instructional resources.
- Information for other stakeholders about STEM teacher development.
1. News Stories
Short news stories about STEM teacher training and professional development activities on the Illinois campus.
2. Funded Projects Directory
Directory of current externally funded P-16 teacher training and professional development projects on the Illinois campus.
3. Funding Opportunities
External funding opportunities for teacher training and professional development programs and research.
4. STEM Teacher Development and Resources
Opportunities and resources for preservice and inservice P-16 STEM teachers. Opportunities, including new dates for events that occur in consecutive years, are posted as program information becomes available. Until new dates are available, we retain the date of the previous year's event, since they often happen around the same time every year.
P–16 STEM Teacher Development Events
- Knowles Science Teaching Foundation: KSTF Teaching Fellowships: Awards fellowships in the areas of biological sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences. The fellowship is designed to meet the needs of beginning teachers from the onset of the credentialing process through the early years of their careers. Fellows receive: stipends, funding for professional development, grants for teaching materials, leadership and mentoring oportunities. Application deadline for 2018 Teaching Fellowship is TBA
- nano@illinois Research Experience for Teachers: This 6-week nanotechnology research experience at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is for STEM teachers/community college faculty and pre-service STEM teachers (rising juniors or higher). Benefits include: $7000 stipend (teachers) or $3500 stipend (pre-service), materials stipend, travel support, room and board, hands-on research, faculty/peer mentoring, professional development, networking. U.S. citizenship or national or permanent residency is required. The selection committee supports diversity among RET participants and their school populations. Contact person: Carrie Kouadio, RET Coordinator; email; phone: 217-244-1353. Dates: June 28-August 8, 2017.
- Academic Challenge: Science/engineering test competitions for high school students. Teachers at participating schools (400+ schools in Illinois) select their best students for their teams and coach them using old tests for practice. There are three levels of competition for Academic Challenge: regionals (in February), sectionals (in March), and state finals (in April) on the UIUC campus.
- American Chemical Society Classroom Resources: For elementary/middle school, high school, undergrad, two-year college, and graduate education.
P–16 STEM Instructional and PD Resources
- Inquiry in Action: A resource for guided, inquiry-based activities that grade 3-6 teachers and students can use to supplement physical science curriculum.
- MiddleSchoolChemistry.com: A resource of guided, inquiry-based lesson plans for grades 6-8 that covers basic chemistry concepts along with the process of scientific investigation.
Teacher and Principal Fellowships
- 2016-2017 School Ambassador Fellowship: It has become common understanding in recent years that for education reforms to succeed, practitioners must be involved in their planning and implementation. The U.S. Department of Education created the School Ambassador Fellowship program as one means of recognizing the critical impact educators have on student outcomes and school success. Teachers, principals and other school staff members understand better than anyone the rewards of public education, as well as the need for some dramatic improvements.
School staff members provide vital leadership in classrooms and schools, but too often lack opportunities to contribute their knowledge to the development of education policy on a broader scale. The U.S. Department of Education designed the School Ambassador Fellowship program to enable outstanding teachers, principals and other school leaders, like school counselors, to bring their school and classroom expertise to the Department and to expand their knowledge of the national dialogue about education. In turn, School Ambassador Fellows facilitate the learning and input of other educators and community members.
Mission: The School Ambassador Fellowship is designed to improve education for students by involving educators in the development and implementation of national education policy. The Fellowship seeks to:
- Create a community of teachers, principals, and other school staff members who share expertise and collaborate with leaders in the Federal government on national education issues.
- Involve educators who work daily with students and teachers in developing policies that affect classrooms and school building.
- Highlight practitioners' voices and expand educators' critical leadership at the national, state, and local levels.
- Learn about federal education policy and ED
- Reach out to teachers and schools in the field
- Reflect with ED staff on the knowledge gained For more information on how the Fellowship works, please see our Program Overview
Application Deadline: February 13, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern time
Public Engagement Portal
This searchable portal contains additional information about STEM education opportunities for K-12 students and professional development opportunities for K–12 teachers.