Symposium at UNC to Address Shortage of K-12 STEM Teachers

Ultimate Goal is to Develop Recommendations to Improve Preparation

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Colorado colleges and universities, K-12 school districts, and state agencies and organizations will collaborate at an upcoming symposium to begin developing a shared set of recommendations for better preparing a workforce of science, technology, engineering and math teachers in the state.

The Colorado STEM Teacher Preparation Symposium, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10 at the University of Northern Colorado, is in direct response to collective challenges, including a shortage of highly qualified teachers in STEM disciplines (areas defined as high need in Colorado), along with a U.S. presidential goal to prepare 100,000 STEM teachers over the next decade.

Once developed, the recommendations will be shared with STEM educator programs statewide and help inform public policy.

Participants in the discussion will include partners from the Colorado Legacy Foundation, Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Education, Gill Foundation's Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, and UNC -- the state's leader in preparing educators with 4,245 students enrolled in educator preparation programs.

Sessions will include working groups and a keynote presentation on "The Vision of STEM Education and STEM Teacher Preparation" at 8:40 a.m. by Charles Coble, founder and current partner of The Third Mile Group, an independent education and social policy organization committed to accelerating positive changes in schools and communities.

Registration details and the schedule are available at http://www.unco.edu/stemsymposium/.