Colorado STEM Teacher Preparation Symposium 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Colorado College, Palmer Hall, Colorado Springs, CO

Support for this symposium is provided by Colorado College, University of Northern Colorado, and Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, a program of the Gill Foundation.

This symposium is provided in partnership with the Colorado Science Education Network (CSEN).

Agenda
7:45 – 8:30 am   Breakfast
8:30 – 8:40 am   Welcome - Mike Taber, Colorado College, and Lt. Governor Joe Garcia
8:40 – 9:40 am   Keynote – Dr. Mary Gromko, President-Elect of NSTA
The Next Generation Science Teacher
9:45 – 12:05 pm   Teacher Preparation Programs share pedagogy for STEM integration in pre-service programs
9:45 - 9:50   Introductions and Directions, Rob Reinsvold, University of Northern Colorado
9:50 – 10:20   Colorado College: A Paradigm Shift in STEM Teacher Preparation, Mike Taber
10:20 - 10:35   Audience Talk
Guiding questions for discussion

  1. How does Colorado College’s Noyce Program align with what you do with pre-service teachers?
  2. What are the merits of the work at Colorado College regarding the preparation of teachers for a STEM Learning environment?
  3.  As you look at your own course offerings or professional development regarding STEM, how is STEM currently defined? Traditional math and science courses, STEM specific or integrated content? Specific practices?

10:35 - 11:05   University of Northern Colorado/Colorado School of Mines:  CO-STEM Project, Wendy Adams, Kristine Callan
11:05-11:20   Audience Talk
Guiding questions for discussion

  1. How does Co-STEM align with what you do with pre-service teachers?
  2. What are the merits of the work in the CO-STEM project regarding the preparation of teachers for a STEM Learning environment?

11:20 – 11:50   University of Colorado –Colorado Springs:  UCCS Teach, Tom Christensen & Pat McGuire

  1. How does UCCS Teach align with what you do with pre-service teachers?
  2. What are the merits of the work in the UCCS-Teach project regarding the preparation of teachers for a STEM Learning environment?
  3. Based on the past three presentations and subsequent discussion, how is your thinking regarding STEM preparation changing?

11:50 - 12:05   Audience Talk
12:05 - 12:55 pm   Lunch, Poster Review, Network
12:55 – 1:55 pm   Panel Discussion on STEM Endorsement Model
Introductions and Directions, Mike Taber, Colorado College
Lindy Bachman, Middle School Science Teacher, Falcon School District 49
Diane Comstock, STEM Coach, Colorado College
Tera Jones, STEM Coordinator, Colorado Department Education
Robert Mitchell, Academic Policy Officer for Educator Preparation, Colorado Department of Higher Education

Guiding questions for discussion

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a STEM endorsement for a teacher? Building principal? District? The State of Colorado?
  2. What are the perceived barriers to creating a statewide STEM endorsement program?
  3. If we pursue a statewide endorsement, what should be the approach? (See proposed approaches below.)

1:55 – 2:20 pm   Audience Talk
2:20 - 2:30 pm   Thank you!!  Lori Reinsvold, University of Northern Colorado

For additional information, please contact Lori Reinsvold, 970.351.1280