Chatham Teacher is Director of STEM Summer Teacher Institute

Global Learning, Inc., a non-profit educational organization, announced it will host the second annual STEM Summer Teacher Institute for K-5 elementary school teachers to be held on July 15-17 at Farleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy, 230 Park Ave, Florham Park, NJ.

STEM is an educational initiative and best practice designed to prepare students for the global job market by expanding their everyday classroom immersion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Institute offers unprecedented training to K-5 teachers to prepare them for the latest STEM-based curricula and provide them with cutting-edge ideas to deliver STEM education across their grades.

“With support from federal and state departments of education, STEM has become an established part of the educational conversation, no question about it,” said Shay Coleman, Executive Director of Global Learning. “School districts across the state are moving rapidly to adjust their budgets, curricula and hiring prerogatives to inject STEM teaching and learning into their high school and middle school classrooms. Elementary school teachers can have an integral role as the innovators in the schools building passion for STEM in younger children, so that they will have the skills, confidence and desire to pursue these programs in the upper grades and eventually in STEM careers.”

The 2014 Institute is a collaborative teacher initiative that will feature master teachers from the School District of the Chathams and educators from around the state, sharing best practices, lesson plans and STEM activities for grades K-5. Featured speakers will include recognized STEM specialists and educators, including Susan Wagoner, Educational Specialist, Instructional Technology, Fairfax County, Virginia, Schools, and John Henry, STEM and Sustainable Schools Specialist, New Jersey School Boards Association. Planned workshop and activities include:

• Foundations of STEM

• Relevance of STEM in K-5 and its impact on student achievement

• Scratch, MaKey Makey boards and robotics

• Blended learning: classroom experiences and online learning

• Service learning

• Integration of the Arts (“STEAM”)

• Science lab extensions: Liberty Science Center

• Problem-based learning and environmental sustainability

• SMART boards and computer technology

• Panel discussions: the importance of STEM learning in K-5

“Based upon the success of our 2013 pilot program, and the overwhelming response that we received from participating teachers, we quickly recognized the value of our program,” said Erik Yates, a Global Learning trustee and Supervisor of Math, Science and Technology in Readington Township. “Our unique vision was shared by Cornell University and the Chatham Education Foundation, whose generous and invaluable support of the 2014 Institute is very much appreciated.”

The 2014 STEM Institute has been endorsed by the New Jersey Education Association and has been showcased on their website. Registration information is available online through New Jersey Education Association and Global Learning, Inc. Teachers attending the Institute will receive 20 Continuing Education Units credits from Global Learning to fulfill their annual New Jersey professional development requirements.

Global Learning, Inc., now in its 39th year, is a non-profit educational organization that translates the world’s growing interdependence into meaningful educational activities for teachers, librarians, students and education systems.


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