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Are you interested in developing a STEM Culture in your school? The USBE Teaching and Learning Department is hosting the STEM Institute, a free and exciting professional learning opportunity that may be just what you and your school team are looking for!

WHO: Your School team must have a minimum of 1 administrator, 1 content expert (e.g., coach, team lead, specialist), and 2 practitioners (classroom teachers). However, a team may include up to six members. Only one application is required for a team (due Sept. 22). This professional learning opportunity requires teamwork between session days that is under the direction of the team administrator. Substitutes for classroom teachers will be reimbursed for attendance at the USBE rate of $120 per day for a full day of professional learning.

WHAT: Each school team will pursue the following objectives:

  • Participate in professional learning related to the creation of effective STEM ecosystems
  • Develop a STEM Vision for your school community
  • Design an Action Plan for obtaining your STEM Vision that includes system supports
  • Develop an Implementation Plan for your Action Plan
  • Implement your Action plan (Year Two)

When and where: This is a two-year project. The professional learning, development of STEM Vision, and Action Plan design take place during Year One. This year’s STEM Institute is all online via Zoom on the following schedule:

  • Day 1: Dec. 5, 9:00-3:00
  • Day 2: Jan. 9, 9:00-3:00
  • Day 3: Feb. 6, 9:00-3:00
  • Day 4: Mar. 5, 9:00-3:00
  • Day 5: Apr. 9, 9:00-3:00
  • Day 6: May 7, 9:00-3:00

In Year Two, teams will implement their STEM Vision with the support of a consultant coach. All teams will meet for three half-days during the second year to assess progress, discuss problems of practice, and revise action steps.

Accepted applicants will be notified by October 20, 2023. The deadline to submit this application is September 22, 2023.

For more information please contact Melissa Mendenhall: melissa.mendenhall@schools.utah.gov

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