A cold, winter morning did not dampen the energy and excitement of nearly 100 teacher leaders and instructional coaches (TLC) in STEM, who assembled for a “huddle” at the Emerson Innovation Center in Marshalltown.
Regional STEM Managers shared the newly released menu of 2018-19 STEM Scale-Up Programs and provided details of each program’s objectives, requirements and provisions. Featured speakers also included Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend who shared information about Future Ready Iowa, statistics of employability of Iowans and strategies being developed to increase career awareness and to grow the future workforce and talent pipeline in the state. Iowa Department of Education’s State Science Supervisor Dr. Kris Kilibarda provided updates and led table discussions related to effectively supporting STEM instruction.
In 2017, the Iowa STEM Council and building-level lead instructors in the applied fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics formed a natural partnership and began convening. These gatherings were designed to offer a setting for TLC educators to network, gain insights and communicate best practices, opportunities and resources that can then be taken home and shared with their local colleagues to impact students throughout Iowa.
Teacher leaders and instructional coaches in STEM areas interested in joining future group convenings should register interest at info@IowaSTEM.gov.