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2014 STEM Summer Professional Development Institute


Finger Lakes STEM Hub's 2014 STEM Summer Professional Development Institute 

The Finger Lakes STEM Hub is seeking 25 teachers to advance STEM learning. This program is designed to support teachers by taking lessons they already teach and enhancing them using inquiry based STEM learning. The goal of the STEM Summer Professional Development Institute is that teachers will have concrete lessons supported by real world examples and integrated with technology, that they can take back to their classroom and their district. 

This program is designed for teachers in grades K-12, and is a FREE training being offered to teachers in our nine-county Finger Lakes STEM Hub region (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates).

The STEM Summer Institute will be held in the Rochester, NY area during the week of August 11 - 15, 2014. The program includes:

1. Meeting as a group on the first day for presentations and discussions about best classroom practices in project and problem based learning.

2. During portions of the second and third day, participants will tour local industries. The industry tours will be selected to match the lesson plans each participant is targeting. Time will be allocated so each teacher can talk with engineers, managers, and other business professionals to discuss how their specific learning goals are used in that industry.

3. During the remainder of the tour days and also on the fourth day, teachers will work in groups on their specific lesson plans. Support will be provided in curriculum development, use of scientific instruments, and ways to integrate technology into the lessons.

4. On the final day, teachers will work to wrap up their lesson units and share their work with the entire group.

The STEM Hub is working with local BOCES and industry volunteers to provide in-class support during the school year to help the teachers the first time they implement their new lessons. We will also work to find industry volunteers who will act as ongoing industry resources to teachers.

We encourage all interested teachers to apply by March 31, 2014. Please remember that STEM subjects include not only science and engineering, but math, computer science, information technology, manufacturing, trades, and medicine. Applications will also be considered from cross disciplinary teams that, for example, integrate STEM with business subjects or focus on technical literacy.


Successful applicants will be notified by April 30, 2014. Teachers will receive a $250 stipend for this work, a certificate for their portfolio, and this program will be recommended for professional development credit.

If you have questions on the letter of support needed, click here.

If you have questions about the STEM Summer Professional Development Institute, it's application, or the application review process, please contact Betsy Ukeritis (315-426-7532) or Bruce Capron (585-353-4172).

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This project is funded by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation.