Welcome to the eighth 100Kin10 Annual Partner Summit, an annual convening of 250+ leaders committed to solving the challenges underlying the STEM teacher shortage. 

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Tuesday, March 26 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Instructional Materials

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How might we ensure teachers have access to quality STEM instructional materials?

Grand Challenge Theme:
Instructional Materials 

University of North Carolina/North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM)
Amanda Martyn and Melissa Thibault Twitter: @NCSSM | @melissathibault

How our organization is tackling this challenge:
"Creating a digital virtual learning tour to support teachers at rural schools by providing them with STEM lessons, best practices, and a community with which to support and share ideas."

At NCSSM, we hope to help spark enthusiasm and interest for teachers who struggle with biology content by providing a one-stop shop that contains a digital forum of ideas, video demonstrations of real classroom experiences, and examples of how to use inexpensive activities and resources. There are many teachers and schools who are known for their best practices and who would like to share their ideas, provide a recorded demonstration, or offer a testimony about their lesson or classroom experiences. However, identifying who they are is not always a simple task, and it takes time to work with these teachers and schools to create digital tours. The digital forum supports teachers to affordably meet their learning objectives while encouraging experimentation and supporting the spirit of innovation. 

Teach for America + American Modeling Teachers Association
Ruthie Ousley  Twitter: @TeachForAmerica
Wendy Hehemann  Twitter: @AMTAteachers

How our organizations are tackling this challenge:
"Lowering the barriers for novice and early career STEM teachers to access high-quality instructional materials and support for effective implementation."

Teach For America wants our novice and early career STEM teachers to have equitable access to high-quality instructional materials and to feel supported to use these materials regularly. In fall 2018, we launched a scrappy curation of high-quality instructional materials that are either a unit-level or full-course set of materials, all available free or for a nominal cost.
We worked with the American Modeling Teachers Association (whose instructional materials were included in our curation, but behind a membership paywall) to test ways to improve equitable access, addressing cost as a barrier as well as the initial orientation to the materials. In the first month, we reached 20% of our 6-month participation goals. We are continuing to study impact on teacher practice and leadership. 

Charles A. Dana Center
Katey Arrington  Twitter: @utdckatey | @utdanacenter
How our organization is tackling this challenge:
"In order for mathematics instructional materials to be of the highest quality, they must support students' academic growth as well as their social and emotional development, as both areas contribute to success."

The Dana Center believes that support for building Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies, both through suggested teacher moves and through what students are asked to do, should be considered in the process of evaluating instructional materials. While there are several good instructional materials analysis tools out there to help educators identify strengths and weaknesses in their math instruction materials, we had not seen a tool that assesses how materials support students and teachers in integrating social and emotional learning strategies with math content instruction. We developed a user-friendly tool that helps teachers assess their instructional materials for their ability to promote student engagement in the SEL competencies and to actively employ strong SEL strategies in student activities.

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Amanda Martyn

Instructor of Science, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
A Canadian native, I grew up in Ontario, just north of Toronto. I have a Ph.D. from the University of Guelph, specializing in the stress response and molecular neuropsychology, and spent several years as a coordinator for a multiple molecular biology courses, teaching upcoming scientists... Read More →
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Melissa Thibault

Vice Chancellor for Distance Education and Extended Programs, University of North Carolina/North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM)
Digital and distance education. Open content. Equity of access.
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Ruthie Ousley

Managing Director, STEM, Teach For America

Wendy Hehemann

American Modeling Teachers Association
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Katey Arrington

Manager, K-12 Services, Charles A. Dana Center

Tuesday March 26, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
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