STEMpact Teacher Quality

Exemplary performance from every student begins with exemplary preparation for every teacher.

The STEMpact Teacher Quality Institute (STEM TQ), STEMpact’s flagship training program, is a comprehensive professional development program focused on “stemitizing” curriculum. The year-long program helps STEM teachers increase their subject knowledge, learn how to implement an integrated STEM curriculum and enable STEM capable learners.

STEM TQ1 Institute and Yearlong Followup


Teachers, grades K-8, who teach science, technology, engineering or math, and/or teachers whose subjects connect with STEM curriculum.


The STEMpact Teacher Quality Institute (STEM TQ) is a 100-hour, yearlong teacher professional development program involving teams of teachers from St. Louis regional school districts. STEM TQ meets for two weeks during the summer. During the school year, teachers continue their STEM professional development each month with after-school sessions in September, November, December, February, April and May, and full-day sessions in October, January, March (specific dates TBA).


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:

Use school district grade level curriculum to develop 3 implementations for the 2016-17 school year using the STEMpact TQ Lesson Designs:


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.

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.

Gain access to resources and ideas from other teachers.


There are no registration or materials fees for the Institute and year-long follow up. STEMpact covers the costs for this portion of the program.

We would like to work in partnership with school districts to support teacher professional development, integration of new standards, and high-quality STEM-influenced teaching and learning.

STEMpact will provide districts with $100/day to assist with summer Institute teacher stipends:

  • Reimbursement for District: $100/day (full time participation) x 10 days = $1000/teacher

STEMpact and school districts will share the costs of the monthly follow-up sessions throughout the school year:

  • Reimbursement for District: 6 days x $50/after school session = $300/teacher (September, November, December, February, March, May)
  • District contribution: Costs of substitutes for 3 full-day sessions (October, January, April)
    College credit will be available for interested teachers, with the cost covered in whatever way is standard for each teacher/school district.


Who is STEM TQ?

Facilitator Affiliations

Educational Equity
Kirkwood School District
Lindenwood University
Praxis Group
Washington University in St. Louis
Webster Groves School District
Challenger Learning Center
The St. Louis Cardinals
Ferguson-Florissant School District
Hazelwood School District
Ladue School District
Maryville University
Saint Louis University
University City
Webster University

Previous Participants

Afton School District
Belleville 118 School District
East St. Louis School District
Ferguson-Florissant School District
Fort Zumwalt School District
Francis Howell School District
Grand Center Arts Academy
Hazelwood School District
Hillsboro School District
Jennings School District
Kirkwood School District
Mehlville School District
Normandy School District
Rockwood School District
University City School District
Parkway School District
Pattonville School District
Saint Louis Language Immersion School
St. Charles School District
Webster Groves School District
Wentzville School District