Understanding that administrators have different professional development needs than teachers, the Center for STEM Education is offering three unique sessions for participants in administrative or leadership roles during it’s 2017 STEM Leadership Summit. These ssssions have been chosen to benefit those working to build STEM programs in their schools and districts, covering such issues as math achievement, new evaluation systems, and Computer Science. The summit will include a panel of principals discussing STEM-related issues and solutions, STEM resources for administrators and leaders, plus plenty of opportunity for networking and sharing between participants.
Rigorous Math Matters – E3 Alliance
Research shows rigorous math matters! Presenters will discuss a statewide analysis conducted by E3 Alliance that shows high school math enrollment patterns predict post-secondary completion, when taking into account prior math achievement and poverty. The research will also show inequities in math acceleration practices in middle school, even for the most prepared students. Panelists engaged in a regional effort to address inequities in mathematics and post-secondary achievement will discuss the intersection of district policies and college readiness and provide concrete recommendations regarding mathematics teacher professional development and early course taking policies that your school or district could replicate.
Amy Wiseman, Ph.D. – Director of Research Studies, E3 Alliance
Christine Bailie, M.P.Aff. – Deputy Director, P-16 Strategic Initiatives, E3 Alliance
Capacity-Building from Within Using T-TESS, T-PESS and SLOs
Professional educators, teachers and leaders, can use the new Texas evaluation systems (T-TESS, T-PESS & SLO) to develop their capacity and set meaningful goals to enhance their practice. The three systems are designed to work in concert to 1) promote continuous growth, 2) guide reflection to improve effectiveness, 3) provide professional development opportunities and 4) improve professional quality. In this session, we will explore how to leverage these systems as a means for transforming our approach to professional development to one that is driven from within.
Lori Einfalt, Ph.D. – LCM Consulting
Criss Wakefield, M.Ed. – LCM Consulting
Mary Kimmins, M.Ed. – LCM Consulting
Building an Inclusive K-12 Computer Science Pipeline
Computer Science related fields are a growing part of the economy and a great source of future careers for today’s students, but Texas schools have struggled to keep up with the growing demand for CS in schools due to a shortage of CS certified teachers. Texas schools also have to deal with lingering perceptions that discourage female, Hispanic, and African American students from taking Computer Science courses, barring them from these career paths. Building a CS pipeline means taking a multi-pronged approach to address the issues of teacher shortages through certification programs and professional development, while addressing inclusion through the use of innovative curriculums and industry partnerships to reach underrepresented students. This session will help school and district leaders understand the K-12 computer science landscape in Texas and the resources they can access to build in inclusive CS program.
Carol Fletcher, Ph.D. – Deputy Director, Center for STEM Education
2017 STEM Leadership Summit Agenda (Click image to view larger)
When – Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Where – Renaissance Austin Hotel – Austin, TX
Cost – $200 per participant
Registration Deadline – June 20, 2017