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

Over the course of the day, our hope is that you’ll spark meaningful connections with peers, exchange perspectives and stories, glean insights, and get energized about new possibilities for your work and for the field.
Tuesday, March 26 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Professional Growth That Works For Teachers’ Schedules

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How might we redesign professional growth opportunities that are not limited by the constraints of the school day?

Grand Challenge Theme:
Professional Growth

Pennsylvania State University - Center for Science and the Schools
Amanda Smith  Twitter: @ajsmith1983 | @pennstateCSATS

We’re seeking solutions, approaches, and responses on how to tackle this challenge:
“We lead many professional development programs with STEM researchers that bring science and engineering practices into the classroom.  Although we have support for teachers to implement the activities that they learn from their experiences, we often deal with the lack of substitutes available for teachers to attend. I would like to explore how other organizations, higher education institutions, and foundations have developed models to scale programs—possibly true “train the trainer programs” or mentor networks—and how they’ve helped teachers set up collaborative networks in order to learn from each other when they cannot all be out of the classroom for professional development.”

The Institute for School Partnership, Washington University
Jaime Gilligan  Twitter: @jmgilligan | @wustlisp

How our organization is tackling this challenge:
"Providing professional growth opportunities for teachers to strengthen their STEM expertise and classroom integration with low-residency advanced degree program."

One of the successful programs in our organization is called MS in Bio, which combines a three-week in-person summer institute with online learning throughout the academic year. Through this program, in-service teachers earn their graduate degree with a specialized focus on teaching biology. The structure of the program allows teachers to learn content from experts in the field during the summer and focus on pedagogy during the academic year so that they may immediately implement their new skills within their classrooms. Due to the success of this program, we are now developing a similar option for teachers to earn their M.Ed in STEM.

Andrea Aust  Twitter: @KQEDaust

How our organization is tackling this challenge:
"Providing flexible professional learning opportunities for teachers, grounded in their interests, that they can participate in at their convenience."

KQED Teach is a free, online learning platform that helps STEM teachers learn and practice 21st century digital media literacy and production skills. We launched KQED Teach with short courses that teachers could complete on their own time, at their own pace. Based on teacher feedback, this past year we began offering facilitated, time-bound online “bootcamps” and blended (online and in-person) learning experiences. This approach has been successful in providing a more collaborative setting where teachers can learn from and share their expertise with each other. However, we are still learning how to better guide participants to course completion and support them in bringing what they have learned to their classrooms.

STEM Center, UT Austin
Carol Fletcher and Ellie Goldberg  Twitter: @drfletcher88 | @utstemcenter

How our organization is tackling this challenge:
"Blended learning models are uniquely suited to the challenge of scaling computer science teacher professional development to effectively prepare and increase the number of certified teachers."

In 2014, WeTeach_CS set a goal of substantially increasing the number of certified computer science (CS) teachers across Texas. Given challenges of geography and limited CS expertise in the existing teaching profession, it was critical to develop innovative models for serving teachers across a wide range of districts. With support from 100Kin10, WeTeach_CS developed a blended model of online and in-person professional development, combined with financial and social incentives through CS collaboratives. Since September 2015, we have certified 500 teachers in CS. To address challenges of supporting teachers when struggling to learn online, our collective impact model combined localized support and connection to a larger, statewide network to build teacher capacity.

Tennessee Department of Education
Deborah Knoll  Twitter: @DeborahKnoll

How our organization is tackling this challenge:
"Tennessee has established innovative professional growth opportunities as a way to recognize educators’ commitment to continued STEM learning by creating a personalized professional learning pathway utilizing micro-credentials."

The STEM micro-credentials are organized around four focus areas: infrastructure; curriculum, instruction, and achievement; professional development; and community and post-secondary partnerships. We are currently in our pilot phase with over 225 educators participating. The pilot goes through June 30, 2019 and then these micro-credentials will be released by BloomBoard nationally. They are rigorous, yet comprehensive in their STEM focus, allowing teachers an opportunity to be recognized for the skills they have learned throughout their careers in order to craft powerful STEM learning experiences for their students.

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Amanda Smith

STEM Outreach & Engagement Liaison, Pennsylvania State University - Center for Science and the Schools
CSATS works collaboratively with scientists and engineers at Penn State and with industries to design, develop, and implement many outreach programs and workshops for K-16 education.  Operating since 2004, our experience in STEM education programs and strong collaborations with... Read More →
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Jaime Gilligan

Curriculum and Instructional Specialist, The Institute for School Partnership, Washington University in St. Louis
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Andrea Aust

Senior Manager, Science Education, KQED
I love working with educators to bring media and technology into classrooms in fun and exciting ways for students. I taught environmental science and marine biology for 10 years before landing at KQED. Ask me about KQED Teach and KQED Learn!
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Carol Fletcher

Deputy Director, STEM Center, UT Austin
carol.fletcher@utexas.eduDr. Carol Fletcher is the Deputy Director of the Center for STEM Education at UT Austin. In that capacity, she directs several statewide professional development programs for STEM teachers such as the TRC and WeTeach_CS, serving over 10,000 educators annually... Read More →
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Ellie Goldberg

Project Manager, STEM Center, UT Austin

Deborah Knoll

Director of Student Success, Tennessee Department of Education

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

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