Institute for Educational Development

Location: FARGO
Date: December 10, 2018

$259.00 per person
Group Price: $239.00
*For 3 or more people regestering at the same time

Innovative Projects, Activities and Strategies to Enhance Your Students' STEM Learning (Grades K-6)

NEW Seminar Presented By
ReGina Etter

Award-Winning Science Educator and Outstanding Presenter

Specifically Designed for K-6 Classroom Teachers, Science, Technology and Mathematics Specialists, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

  • New and innovative projects, activities and strategies to enhance STEM instruction
  • Enhance student learning through practical STEM investigations that are budget-friendly
  • Proven techniques for developing problem solving skills, working collaboratively and reaching and executing a design process
  • Practical, engaging strategies for enhancing instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in grades K-6

Practical Strategies

This NEW, highly engaging, interactive seminar will offer innovative strategies to strengthen your STEM instruction. STEM is an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages students to think, approach ideas without fear of failure, solve problems, research, plan, and execute a design process. ReGina A. Etter, a highly regarded presenter and STEM educator, will give you numerous practical ideas for incorporating STEM instruction into your K-6 classroom. You will discover how to more efficiently integrate these disciplines with literacy, use collaborative techniques, implement inquiry-based instruction, and seek real-world applications to more deeply engage your students.

Additionally, you will gain tips to help students problem solve, collaborate, communicate, think critically and be creative as they learn to analyze their work for greater achievement. Many practical resources will be suggested, as well as multi-dimensional lessons, engaging projects and assessment strategies that allow students to creatively show what they know. The seminar is for those beginning their STEM career as well as the experienced STEM educator.

You’ll leave this dynamic seminar with new insights, practical strategies and an extensive resource handbook filled with practical ideas for enhancing STEM learning in your K-6 classroom.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Incorporate New and Innovative Strategies for Enhancing STEM Instruction in Your K-6 Classroom
    Receive practical strategies, projects and activities for enhancing your existing units and lessons with STEM topics through a variety of hands-on activities that incorporate the STEM disciplines
  2. “STEM-Up” Your Teaching Without Recreating What You Already Do
    Learn mechanisms for using STEM-focused instructional techniques to encourage a learner-centered and activity-based classroom that will result in greater retention of knowledge and skills
  3. Learn Key Strategies for Strengthening STEM Learning
    Deepen and enhance student understanding of core science concepts through collaboration, teamwork and discovery
  4. Involve Your Students in Design Thinking through the Engineering Design Process
    Learn ideas that promote student-centered environments and embrace the 21st Century skills – critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration
  5. Incorporate Innovative Questioning Techniques through Inquiry-Based Learning
    Encourage your students to be active and innovative participants in inquiry-based learning … Exemplary strategies to help students develop and refine high-quality questions and support scientific claims with evidence
  6. Discover Key Components of Using Literature to Enhance STEM Learning
    Receive dozens of ready-to-use ideas and resources that will support interdisciplinary instruction in a student learning environment
  7. Promote Real-World Problem Solving Using STEM Skills and Concepts
    Discover creative and meaningful ways to implement Problem Based Learning (PBL) as your students solve real-world problems
  8. Utilize Timesaving Tips for Assessing STEM Achievement
    Discover practical formative and summative assessments that allow you to monitor student learning throughout a project
  9. Better Organize and Energize Your STEM Classroom
    Learn proven timesaving techniques for better organizing your STEM learning environment
  10. Receive an Extensive STEM Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive the extensive resource handbook designed specifically for this seminar that is filled with dozens of ideas and strategies for incorporating STEM lessons into grades K-6 classrooms

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Effective approaches to successfully integrate STEM into your existing K-6 units
  • New techniques to increase students’ understanding of STEM
  • Suggestions for bringing math, science, technology and engineering content learning to life through problem-solving activities that promote creativity and questioning
  • Dozens of practical tips, resources and tools for using problem-based learning to enhance your STEM instruction
  • How to access amazing STEM resources that captivate student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • Proven strategies to fully engage your students in learning valuable STEM skills, like problem solving and collaborating with peers
  • Practical tips and tools to create learning environments that promote problem solving in real-world situations
  • Ideas for engaging students through chants and songs to increase content knowledge
  • Tried and tested methods for using familiar literature to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Creative, highly effective ideas for your students to share their solutions for real world issues to a variety of audiences
  • Unique ideas to encourage your students to show what they have learned
  • Questioning strategies for increasing rigor in the STEM content areas
  • Techniques to empower students with engaging projects that fully involve them in learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • Numerous resources that strengthen students’ awareness of STEM careers

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

More than twenty years ago I attended an engaging professional development session that shifted my teaching and provided me the impetus and inspiration to begin to create a STEM-oriented classroom. I began to design energetic lessons that inspired my students and enhanced their learning. This transformation led to the integration of science, math, reading, the arts, and lots of excitement.

My goal in this seminar is to share with you the very best ideas from my own classroom and from the thousands of teachers I have trained in STEM instructional activities. I will provide you with educationally sound and researched-based best practices that will allow you to elevate the academic levels of your students. I will share exemplary STEM lesson examples, project-based learning ideas, literary connections, and teacher testimonials. I am confident that you will find the resources to be teacher friendly and readily available for implementation in your classroom. These practical, hands-on strategies and engaging activities will allow learning to come alive as you integrate the STEM disciplines with fidelity!
My goal for our time together is to support YOU by providing practical resources that energize learning and thinking through STEM instruction. I look forward to the synergy that will power this seminar and an awesome day with you!

ReGina A. Etter

P.S. You’ll leave this seminar inspired, enthusiastic and ready-to-infuse new, innovative STEM techniques into your instructional program.

Who Should Attend

K-6 Classroom Teachers, Science, Technology and Mathematics Specialists, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive STEM Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive STEM resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Unique ideas and approaches to further encourage your students to identify, investigate, imagine and create
    • Step-by-step strategies for implementing STEM activities into daily lessons
    • Practical timesaving tips and innovative strategies to use TOMORROW
    • Examples to increase academic vocabulary usage
    • Templates and examples of PBL lessons and cross-curricular learning environments
  2. Meet and Share with Other Educators:
    This seminar provides an excellent opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strategies to enhance their STEM instruction.
  3. Consultation Available:
    ReGina Etter will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own STEM program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.