2017 STEM TQ1 Enrollment Now Open

Click Here to download the 2017 STEM TQ application.  Send completed form and any questions to apply@stempact.org.

STEM TQ1 Details


Teachers, grades K-8, who teach science, math, technology, engineering and/or connect their teaching to STEM content areas.


July 10-21, 2017, 8:30 – 4:00, and once a month throughout the 2017-2018 school year.


Washington University and various STEM locations throughout the region.


The STEM Teacher Quality Institute will be a 100 hour, yearlong learning endeavor involving teams of teachers from St. Louis regional school districts (Missouri and Illinois). The STEM TQ Institute will meet for two weeks during the summer. During the school year, teachers will continue their learning each month with after school sessions in September, October, December, February, April, May (dates TBA) and full day sessions in November, January, March (specific dates TBA).



  • Districts must cover the cost of substitutes for the 3 full day follow up sessions, and any additional stipend pay for teachers that may be required as a result of school/district practices or policies.
  • There is no set registration or material fee for the Institute and yearlong follow up. Districts are asked to pay what they can. STEMpact will cover all other expenses. (The yearlong program costs $3200 per teacher which includes teacher stipends and a tablet for each participant, unless the teacher already has one and does not need a tablet/iPad.)

  • Participating teachers, upon completion of expectations, may receive $100/day stipend for the Institute (10 days x $100 = $1000) and $50 each for the six after school sessions ($300).
  • College credit is available for interested teachers through Washington University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Credit cost/stipends/tuition reimbursement is administered in whatever way is standard for each teacher/school district.



Teachers will:

  • Attend and participate in sessions and field trips
  • Present 2 slides
  • Draft school year ideas
  • Complete daily and final evaluations
  • Teachers will integrate 3 STEM lessons/units during the first three quarters of the 2017-18 school year (one each quarter) based on required district curriculum that has been “stemitized” using STEM TQ strategies.
  • Teachers will: 1) Attend and participate in sessions and field trips, 2) Share lessons, student outcomes and STEM connections, and 3) administer pre-post STEM capable learner surveys to students.

Teachers will submit a completed STEM TQ planning outline and a 4-paragraph reflection. (Stipends are paid after documents are received.)



A District contact person will: 1) Assist in identifying follow up dates and possible session locations, 2) Support teacher attendance, 3) Communicate encouragement for the completion of participant expectations, 4) Work with STEM TQ if difficulties arise.


A District contact person will provide annual district achievement data (MAP) for grades 3-8 in mathematics and science. This will be used to compare: 1) STEM TQ to non-STEM TQ classroom performance, 2) Student performance (using student numbers, no names) compared to themselves over time, and 3) Grade level performance over time. The Office of Research and Evaluation in the Ferguson Florissant School District has set up our data base and evaluation tools. (It is preferred we access your district's data directly from DESE, so the process is seamless. If required, confidentiality agreements and/or release of information agreements will be signed.)



Teachers will:

  1. Use new standards in math (Common Core State Standards), science and engineering (Next Generation), and technology (ISTE)
  2. Develop high-quality formative and summative measures of student learning
  3. Explore high-quality instructional strategies that correlate to New Generation Assessment and STEM connections and applications
  4. Plan  lessons/units that are STEM influenced (stemitized), engaging, rigorous, relevant
  5. Support students to be self-identified STEM capable learners
  6. Connect  STEM content to the real world, STEM careers, student culture and student interests
  7. Visit STEM work sites illustrating the application of science, technology, engineering and math
  8. Reflect and collaborate 

Participants in STEMpact’s teacher professional development program will:

  1. Use school district grade level curriculum to develop 3 implementations for the school year using the STEM TQ Lesson Designs:
  2. Evaluate and reflect on the achievement of students and their identity as STEM capable learners.  Evaluate one’s own professional learning process and identity as a STEM capable teacher.

  3. Use strategies such as “windows and mirrors”, deliver STEM capable affirmations, integrate resources such as career and real world connections, and implement assessment best practices to attain high achievement for ALL.

  4. Gain access to resources and ideas from other teachers.

By 2018, 92 percent of STEM jobs will be for those with at least some postsecondary education and training

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