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
Teacher-led Professional Growth

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How might we create teacher-led spaces for professional growth and learning within school environments?

Grand Challenge Themes:
Teacher Leadership
Professional Growth

Christopher Kennedy and Jason Sullivan  Twitter: @stemteachersnyc

We’re seeking solutions, approaches, and responses on how to tackle this challenge:
“STEMteachersNYC is currently the only teacher-led professional development organization in the NYC area. All professional development we offer is suggested, designed, and taught by teachers. We organize STEM teaching workshops on the weekends, and intensives during the summer to accommodate teachers’ busy schedules. However, we've increasingly been asked to offer workshops and programs during the school day. This presents several challenges to our peer-to-peer support model. If our workshop leaders are not always available during the school day due to schedules or contract requirements, then how do we create teacher-led spaces for continued learning within school environments?"

Summit Trail Middle School + Kansas State Department of Education
Meg Richard Twitter: @frizzlerichard
Lizette Burks  Twitter: @ksdehq

 How our organizations are tackling this challenge:
"Empowering teacher growth through meaningful discourse and discussion using the tools and materials from the Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE, or “access”) project."

The Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE, pronounced “access”) project has developed the STEM Teaching “Practice Briefs” which I have used in professional development with teachers as a quick yet meaningful way to have professional discussions, discourse, and growth. The practice briefs address a variety of topics related to STEM education and provide educators with a quick overview of the topic/issue, and sections about “why it matters to you,” and “issues to think about.” This allows educators to easily access current research while remaining in their classrooms and allows them to be part of the essential conversations taking place around our industry.

Academy for Urban School Leadership + CME Group Foundation
Cynthia Brunswick and Melannie Chan  Twitter: @AUSLChicago
Kassie Davis  Twitter: @CMEGroup

How our organizations are tackling this challenge:
"To enhance early math learning, AUSL embedded a full-time primary grades math coach at two identified schools to provide first- and second-year and generalist teachers with regular, ongoing guidance on curriculum and instructional practice."

Professional development for teachers, by teachers. In order for professional development to have a meaningful impact, it is necessary to be tied to district curriculum, occur continuously, and be focused on authentic student work. 

AUSL has focused facets of our school-based coaching program around areas with noted shortages in curriculum expertise (early math). Full-time primary mathematics coaches were selected to be embedded at targeted sites, where they would lead PD in support of 1st/2nd year teachers and/or generalists. As comfort with material developed and foundational understanding deepened, those instructional practices and information were then disseminated to the rest of the primary grades math teachers in our network.

We learned that there is need for even more math specialists in leadership roles to lead this sort of peer cohort PD and curriculum implementation.

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Christopher Kennedy

Program Director, STEMteachersNYC
STEMteachersNYC is a teacher-led organization dedicated to supporting educators of various STEM fields through professional learning opportunities. We organize workshops, events and research programs that focus on excellence in STEM education.

Jason Sullivan

Program Director and Montgomery HS Science Supervisor, STEMteachersNYC
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Meg Richard

Teacher - Science 7, Summit Trail Middle School

Dr. Lizette Burks

University of Arkansas
Lizette Burks works for the Kansas State Department of Education.

Cynthia Brunswick

Director of Special Projects, Academy for Urban School Leadership
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Melannie Chan

Teacher/Math Lead, Stagg Elementary School of Excellence

Kassie Davis

Executive Director, CME Group Foundation

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

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