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2015 STEM Professional Development Summer Institute

2015 STEM Professional Development Summer Institute

For Teachers of Grades K-8

August 10-14, 2015 Monroe #1 BOCES, Rochester, NY

Teachers! Are you interested in advancing STEM learning in your classroom? Do you want to learn more about project-based learning (PBL)? Do you want to infuse your current lessons with inquiry-based STEM learning and hands-on PBL activities?

Sign up for the Finger Lakes 2015 STEM PD Summer Institute!

Teachers will develop and refine concrete lessons supported by real-world examples from industry tours to take back to their classrooms.

When? 9am to 4pm on Monday, August 10th through Friday, August 14th, 2015

Who? Open to teachers and teams of teachers from grades K – 8. The institute will be limited to 32 participants. 

Where? Monroe #1 BOCES in Rochester, NY, with off-site tours of local industry.
Cost? $600 per teacher, which includes 30 hours of professional development credit. The cost of this program is BOCES aidable. 
Teachers who complete the Institute will will receive $150 stipend or $150 in classroom supplies (depending on teacher preference and district regulations). 

What do you get? Local industry contacts, PBL lesson plan, resources for the classroom, and a network of colleagues and local professionals passionate about STEM education.

Follow-up Sessions: Two-hour check-in session in mid-November 2015 and half-day session in mid-May 2016 to share and to reflect on individual experiences implementing a project-based lesson.

Tentative Schedule

Day 1: Introduction to Project-based Learning and best practices on incorporating PBL and STEM into your classroom.
Day 2: First set of Industry Tours - selected to match the targeted lesson plans of participants. Work with industry consultants to discuss how your specific learning goals are used in that industry.
Day 3: Second set of Industry Tours - continue work on lesson plans and reflect on how new knowledge fits into these lesson plans.
Day 4: A Day of Work: time to work in groups on meshing new PBL and STEM activities into lesson plans and curriculum maps. Support from professionals in curriculum development, industry specialists, and education specialists to help make real-world tie-ins to the learning standards.
Day 5: Time to complete lesson planning and share-out to entire group.

Implementation Support

The STEM Hub is working with local BOCES and industry volunteers to provide in-class support for initial implementation and to act as on-going resources.

Network Lunches

Engineers and business executives from local companies join our lunches for informal discussions. This provides a great opportunity to discuss the needs of local companies and better understand the skills our students need for next generation careers. (Teachers told us last year that they were so impressed by the support local professionals had for education and learning.)

How to Apply

Application Deadline: May, 2015 or until the course is full.

To apply, sign up through the Monroe 1 BOCES course catalog at: Monroe 1 BOCES My Learning Plan
Remember that STEM subjects include science and engineering as well as math, computer science, information technology, manufacturing, trades, and medicine.


please contact:
Betsy Ukeritis via phone 315-426-7532 or e-mail
Bruce Capron via phone 585-353-4172 or e-mail

Brought to you by the Finger Lakes STEM Hub of the Empire State STEM Learning Network

The Finger Lakes STEM Hub is a catalyst for collaboration among business, education, community organizations, government entities, and passionate individuals leveraging diverse resources together to advance the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines for sustained economic vitality in our nine-county Finger Lakes region.