Gain a deeper understanding of effective STEM instructional improvement programs – including the features and characteristics that lead to improved student outcomes.
With today’s heightened focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, school leaders continue to look for ways to enhance instructional methods and raise STEM achievement levels. At the same time, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mandates that districts receiving Title I funding implement “evidence-based interventions” – with both requirements and incentives in place to improve student performance around STEM.
Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) has introduced a new online workshop, STEM Instructional Improvement That Works, which incorporates findings from cutting-edge HGSE research analyzing the program characteristics -- for both professional development programs and curriculum for students -- that generate better student outcomes. In addition, participants will gain access to a list of effective STEM instructional improvement programs and begin to develop the basis for a STEM-related action plan that can improve student performance in their learning context.
The two-week online workshop offers participants the opportunity to increase their understanding of the role STEM professional development programs and curriculum materials play in generating better outcomes for students. Specific activities include:
- Video lectures
- Reading materials culled from relevant research
- Online discussions with fellow participants
- Exploration, reflection, and self-assessment exercises
- Examination of effective STEM curriculum and professional development programs
- Identification of STEM-related instructional goals and development of an action plan to reach them
This online workshop is an asynchronous learning experience with no live components and is designed to be self-paced. All materials are provided at the start of the program and can be completed at times that best fit a participant’s schedule within the two-week program period. Participants should plan to devote a total of 5-7 hours of work. Participants who complete all individual assessments and contribute to group discussions will receive a certificate indicating completion of five clock hours of instruction.
- Gain a better understanding of which characteristics of STEM professional development initiatives and curriculum materials can lead to better student outcomes
- Access and explore an array of research-proven STEM professional development programs and curriculum initiatives
- Connect with fellow cohort members – exchanging ideas, insights, and strategies around your experiences with and aspirations for STEM learning
- Begin to formulate a STEM action plan for implementation in your own learning environment
Who Should Attend
- School administrators overseeing curriculum and instruction
- Math/science coordinators in school districts
- STEM professional development program designers and administrators
- STEM curriculum developers
- Math/science instructional coaches, principals, and teachers
- State STEM officials
- International aid/development agency officials