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Educators

I do a lot of professional development, but nothing like this. It has been really involved and hands-on inquiry-based learning.

Sixth Grade Teacher

STEM TQ Participant

What is STEM TQ?

The STEM Teacher Quality (TQ) Institute is an exciting, professional learning program specifically designed for K-8 teachers who teach and integrate science, technology, engineering, and math into their curriculum.

This innovative program brings together teams of teachers for monthly learning opportunities throughout the year. Here you will learn the critical foundation and mindset that all educators need for bringing STEM into the classroom. Furthermore, you will gain confidence as your STEM capabilities grow. You will also see students develop into critical thinkers and problem solvers as they master STEM concepts.

The STEM TQ Approach is Different from Traditional STEM Programs

A 100-hour, yearlong learning endeavor that brings together teams of teachers from regional school districts

An intensive two-week summer institute

Monthly sessions throughout the school year led by STEMpact facilitators

Field trips to area employers to experience STEM-to-career connections

Field activities to experience first-hand how STEM topics can be threaded throughout all subjects and activities

Making an Impact in Schools & Districts

After completing STEM TQ, you will know how to integrate STEM curriculum into everyday teaching methods in your classrooms. We call this STEMitizing the curriculum. As a STEM leader within your school and district, you will make an impact by:

Exploring high-quality instructional strategies that correlate to national standards

Planning lessons/units that are STEM influenced, engaging, rigorous, and relevant

Supporting students to be self-identified STEM-capable learners

Connecting STEM content to the real world, STEM careers, student culture, and student interests

Helping your school/district integrate STEM into the curriculum

Becoming a STEM resource for others

How Do You Fit In?

Teachers

Teachers serving on curriculum committees, school improvement teams, professional development committees, grade level/department chairs, mentors, or those who rally others.

Formal Leaders

Formal leaders such as an instructional coach, coordinator, administrator.

Educators

Educators who view their position as “value added” and provide school-wide impact, such as librarians, art teachers, physical education teachers, technology specialists, and more!

How Can I Participate in STEM TQ?

District leaders are invited to nominate teachers for participating in STEM TQ. Applications are open January through March. While we do give priority to high needs districts, we invite all area districts/schools to complete an enrollment application nominating the K-8 teachers, teacher leaders/instructional coaches/coordinators who would like to attend the institute.

They are STEM disciples. They are exposing STEM concepts to others in their buildings and across the districts.

Barbara Pener

STEMpact Project Coordinator

What is STEMpact Integration Quality?

The STEMpact Integration Quality (STEM IQ) is dedicated to supporting high-quality STEM integration in school systems, leading to exemplary practices and outcomes.

STEM IQ is designed to help school districts take the knowledge gained by teachers who participated in STEM TQ and share that experience throughout their schools/districts.

Furthermore, district office leadership teams along with lead teachers, instructional leaders, coaches, and principals work with STEMpact facilitators to develop a centralized plan for exemplary STEM instruction. This is a broad approach to integrating STEM beyond a single classroom. Once you leverage the knowledge of STEM TQ teachers and mix that with district leaders’ strategy and the guidance of STEMpact facilitators, you can create a large community of STEM-inspired educators.

 

When planned just right, this STEM “wave” creates meaningful and sustainable change.

The STEM IQ Approach

Integrating STEM into a school system can be a massive undertaking. With school and district resources carefully allocated, STEM IQ can step in to help fill gaps. Acting as a guide, we are with you every step of the way. We know that every school/district has unique differences and needs. Therefore, we let you tell us what kind of support you need so we can help you achieve your goals. As you assimilate STEM education into your curriculum, you can count on us to be with you every step of the way.
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We work with your school district to define the best plan to fit your needs, making sure that measurement criteria for goals, outcomes, and evaluations are in place.
We provide professional STEM development for educators as well as technical expertise and support for plan execution.
We offer small grants for implementation support.

Our School/District Wants to Integrate STEM. How Can We Participate?

STEM IQ is a matching grant program that allows participants to implement STEM programs unique to their classroom, building, and/or district. STEMpact identifies districts throughout the Greater St. Louis region that are committed to taking “the next step” and invite them to participate.

Having a plan internally and connecting with external supports is at the heart of what District Immersion is. We have been able to move the needle from traditional learning to 21st Century learning.

Beverly Velloff

District Math and Science Coordinator

What is STEMpact District Immersion?

STEMpact District Immersion was developed as a response to educators’ requests for instructional support at the classroom level. Focusing on three areas – Math, Science, and Computer Science – the Immersion program provides a deep and systemic approach to providing that support.

In this 3 year initiative, STEMpact works with participants on program planning and providing onsite instructional coaches and technical support. During monthly planning meetings we assess progress and evaluate next steps.

The STEMpact District Immersion Approach

Starting and integrating a STEM program into your school district can be an exciting journey for everyone. Rather than going it alone, STEMpact provides a framework to help guide you through the process as you implement your plan.

Our program approach is based on research that outlines the design elements for the most effective professional learning programs to impact student achievement.

Job-embedded professional development

Coaching in the classroom

Collaborative learning with fellow teachers and administrators

Assessments aligned with curriculum and instruction

No matter what you’ve identified as your “next steps,” STEMpact’s District Immersion program helps you instill in everyone a new mindset for STEM education. You will benefit from the collaborative nature of the program that brings together educators for shared learning and planning.

Our District is Interested. How Can We Participate?

STEMpact’s District Immersion program is by invitation and follows an online/in-person interview.

My aha-moment was understanding what STEM is about, and how all the pieces and disciplines can work together.

Assistant Principal

Participating School

What is STEMpact Leadership Series?

STEMpact has partnered with the Missouri Math and Science Coalition to deliver a series of FREE leadership workshops. From individuals to teams of educators, we invite leaders from schools and school districts throughout the bi-state region to come together and strengthen collective STEM efforts by learning, sharing, and networking. Open to all that are interested. These are FREE and open to all schools and individual participants. Register for one or all.

The STEMpact Leadership Series Approach

We cultivate topics from real-world STEM experiences, so you get up-to-the-moment advice and recommendations that you can immediately apply to your project. Through these workshops, STEMpact provides you with connections to the go-to experts who have launched STEM initiatives in classrooms, schools, and districts. Besides having a chance to meet the experts, you will be able to share your successes and challenges as you network and get to know other participants. Our goal is to help you to move forward continually.

Topics of the Leadership Series include:

STEM Best Practices

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Technology Integration

Making Space for Makerspace

Novel Engineering

STEM Integration

Problem Solving in Math and Science

Teaching Sustainability Through STEM

Everyone’s Welcome

From individuals to teams of educators, we invite leaders from schools and school districts throughout the bi-state region to come together and strengthen collective STEM efforts by learning, sharing, and networking. Open to all schools and individual participants that are interested. These are provided at no cost because of the generous support of St. Louis area businesses and foundations. Register for one or all.

How Can I Attend?

STEMpact is proud to sponsor the STEM Leadership Series. There is no cost for attendance. However, each attendee must register one week before the workshop(s) to reserve your space. Register online today for STEM Leadership Series.

Funding Forward-Thinking

Thanks to the support of these proud partners, STEMpact is shining a spotlight on the current gaps and future needs in the STEM economy.

Bronze Funders 2019-2020

$1,000 to $24,999
AT&T
Burns McDonnel Foundation

Silver Funders 2019-2020

$25,000 to $49,999

Gold Funders 2019-2020

$50,000 to $99,999

Platinum Funders 2019-2020

$100,000 and up

Interested In Joining Us?

STEMpact continually strives to increase the number of active partners working
to improve STEM education. If you would like to get involved, contact us today.