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 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Professional Growth

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How might we ensure valuable professional development and growth for STEM teachers?

Grand Challenge Theme:
Professional Growth

Perry High School
Sarah Rivera  Twitter: @SarahRiveraSTEM

As a Teacher Forum member, here's how I'm tackling this challenge:
“This challenge is not only something that impacts the district that I work for, but for all educators. Too often we attend professional development that we did not choose; it was mandated by administration, on topics we don't understand, or given to us in a ‘sage on the stage’ model. For me personally, I have left defeated, disgruntled, or disinterested in the professional development more times than I can count and this has impacted me greatly because it makes me feel like I'm not being empowered to be the best educator I can be.

It is important to consider your audience, your administration's willingness to change things up, and the goals trying to be accomplished during the professional development. Not every session has to be delivered in the same way using the same methods, but small changes could add up to big moments of a-HA!”

University of Indianapolis
Deborah Sachs Twitter: @uindy

How our organization is tackling this challenge:
"Ensuring professional growth and teacher retention in beginning STEM teachers via in-service university-provided mentoring designed to support their growth as effective teachers and as teacher leaders."

Teachers who graduate from the one-year clinical residency MAT Teach (STEM)³ program at the University of Indianapolis participate in a two-year university provided mentoring program. The two major components of the program are in-school mentoring by a university-provided master teacher and 8 Super Saturday events that bring cohorts back together for professional learning. Retention data for those who have completed our preparation and mentoring program show a teacher retention rate of 76% after five-years of teaching. While securing the funding to support the mentoring program has been challenging, the model we have developed could be easily replicated by other STEM teacher preparation programs.

Almetria Vaba Twitter: @metravaba

How our organization is tackling this challenge:
"Developing professional learning programs and supports in partnership with teachers and education agencies (districts and county offices of education) to meet identified learning goals."

KQED focuses on training STEM (and humanities) educators to use educational media and digital media tools in their learning environments through in-depth professional development opportunities and online resources. We’ve partnered with key stakeholders in school districts to develop and implement professional learning programs that include our suite of products and services. We recognize that it is critical to engage a variety of stakeholders (including students, educators, and administrators) early in partnership development. We are still figuring out how to support sustainability of programs given the high rate of staffing changes in districts.

Great Hearts
Melanie Narish 

As a Teacher Forum member, here's how I'm tackling this challenge:
"Combining curricula, random resources, and local school requirements is a huge challenge for teachers. In order to aid teachers in merging concepts to their local level, we created an online community and professional growth event—a Facebook Live Science Pajama Party! This hour-long interactive event was developed in consideration of two factors: time and community. Teachers don't have much time! FB Live allowed for an interactive event in the evening when teachers may be on Facebook, and it would be recorded for them to watch later. Also, while teachers foster open learning cultures in their classrooms, general adult culture hasn't reached that norm. In the end, the event's goal was to create a communal learning experience for adults and that the teachers would leave with a clear visualization of how they could take a STEM concept to their local classroom."

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Sarah Rivera

STEM Teacher, Willoughby Eastlake School of Innovation

Deb Sachs

Coordinator, Teach (STEM)^3, University of Indianapolis
Deb Sachs is The Coordinator of the Teach (STEM)^3 program and an assistant professor at the University of Indianapolis as well as the president and lead facilitator of Cranial Edventures Inc. She has worked extensively with teachers, youth, and adults in a variety of K-12, university... Read More →
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Almetria Vaba

Associate Director, Partnerships and Distribution, KQED
Almetria Vaba works with organizations and education agencies in leveraging KQED's resources and services to advance media literacy in a variety of learning environments.
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Melanie Narish

Talent Officer, Great Hearts

Tuesday March 26, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Dickinson Classroom 1

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