ITTIP at Longwood University is looking for educators and administrators interested in K-12 STEM to attend the VA STEM CoNNECT Summit III, September 30th, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at Longwood University. There is no cost to attend and learn. Lunch will also be provided.
The summit will have a keynote speaker, Steven W. Anderson, along with various sessions and workshops supporting learning on STEM integration. The morning sessions will focus on strategies for STEM integration in the Mathematics and Science classrooms. Afternoon workshops will be hands-on with participants getting first-hand experiences with STEM activities. Space is limited, so if you are interested sign up by using this link:
The VA STEM CoNNECT project is a Collaborative Partnership led by ITTIP at Longwood University and also includes George Mason University, James Madison University, Frank Batten College of Engineering of Old Dominion University, The College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, MathScience Innovation Center, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition, Virginia Association of Science Teachers, Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium, and 48 school divisions across Virginia. This opportunity is funded through a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant from the Virginia Department of Education.
ITTIP has been awarded a SCHEV grant, Problem-based Interdisciplinary STEM Learning (PISTEM), to provide professional development for 30 teachers from 10 school divisions beginning in July 2014 and continuing through the 2014-2015 school year. The grant will enable language arts, mathematics, science, CTE, and resource teachers to be part of a professional learning community throughout the school year beginning with a week-long workshop in July at Longwood University. Teams of teachers will explore research based instructional strategies that facilitate the development of interdisciplinary problem-based STEM learning lessons and activities. Hummingbird Robotics Kits will be used in creating PBL activities. Teachers will also participate in four webinars about literacy and mathematics integration with STEM. Ten school divisions chose to sign on as a partner and send teams of teachers: Bedford, Brunswick, Charlotte, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, Prince George.
SCHEV grants are awarded on a competitive basis from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia and are part of Title II, Part A: Improving Teacher Quality State Grants.