Enroll in STEM TQ

The STEM Teacher Quality experience 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 and  full day sessions in November, January, March.

Enrollment for the K-8 2019 STEM Teacher Quality Institute and Yearlong Professional Learning experience opens on January 1, 2019. Up to 140 teachers will be enrolled for our 9th cohort! Applications are to be completed by districts, not individuals. Districts are limited to 20 participants in a given year.

Apply for 2019 STEM TQ Institute (REQUESTED BY MARCH 1, 2019)



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


July 8-19, 2019, 8:30 – 4:00, and once a month throughout the 2019-2020 school year.


Washington University and various STEM locations throughout the region.


The 2018 STEMpact Teacher Quality experience will be a 100-hour, yearlong learning endeavor involving teams of teachers from St. Louis regional school districts (Missouri and Illinois).  The STEMpact TQ Institute will meet for two weeks during the summer.  During the school year, participants will continue their learning each month with 6 after school sessions spread between September and April and 3 full day sessions in October, 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 $3,200 per educator which includes stipends and a tablet for each participant.)
  • Upon completion of expectations, participants receive $100/day stipend for the Institute (10 days x $100 = $1,000) 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.




Participants will: 1) Attend and participate in sessions and field trips, 2) Present 2 slides, 3) Brainstorm STEM lesson ideas using a STEMitizing Organizer, and 4) Complete requested evaluations.

  • Participants will integrate 3 STEM lessons/units during the first three quarters of the 2018-19 school year (one each quarter) using on required district curriculum that has been “stemitized” with STEM TQ strategies.
  • Participants 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 (where possible).

Participants will submit a completed: 1) STEM TQ planning outline, and 2) 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 data file from DESE) 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. (Confidentiality agreements and/or release of information agreements will be signed, if required.)




Teachers will:

  1. Use new state/national standards in math, science and engineering, and technology.
  2. Develop high-quality formative and summative measures of student learning.
  3. Explore high-quality instructional strategies (Strategies That Engage Minds).
  4. Plan lessons/units that are STEM influenced (stemitized), engaging, rigorous, relevant, integrated.
  5. Support students to be self-identified STEM capable learners.
  6. Connect STEM content to the real-world problems, STEM careers, student culture, student interests, and 21st Century Skills.
  7. Visit STEM work sites illustrating the application of science, technology, engineering and math.
  8. Reflect, share and collaborate with colleagues around lessons and leadership opportunities.

STEMpact TQ participants will:

  1. Use school district grade level curriculum to develop 3 implementations for the 2018-19 school year using the STEM TQ Planning Outline document. (For instructional coaches, professional development can also be planned.)
  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. Receive a tablet to access Institute and school year communications and resources, to plan, write, provide feedback and to submit documents and artifacts.
  4. Use strategies such as “windows and mirrors”, deliver STEM capable affirmations, integrate career and real-world connections, develop a consciousness of inclusion, implement best practices to attain high achievement for ALL, integrate 21st Century Skills.
  5. Gain access to resources and ideas from other teachers.