The STEM Leadership program prepares K-16 teachers to utilize digital resources to foster the innovative engagement of diverse learners associated with integrated science programs such as STEM. The courses offer a holistic overview of historical and current issues and trends impacting integrated science education while cultivating research-based strategies to improve student learning. The courses are designed to provide the educator experience with integrated curriculum utilizing the technological and didactic skill sets required for empowering 21st century learning in a global, digital society.
- Design environments for scientific investigations, fostering integrated STEM curriculum which engages diverse learners in authentic problem solving through the utilization of resources.
- Build capacity for accessing, evaluating, and utilizing learning resources which accurately reflect those used by the scientific and engineering community.
- Utilize theories and standards within a research framework to facilitate scientific inquiry through scaffolding, differentiation, and assessment strategies.
- Construct a framework for the seamless integration of authentic technology to enhance scientific literacy in a variety of venues, including reading and writing, acquiring and managing information, and communicating ideas effectively.
- Employ strategies to promote intellectual skill development in selecting testable questions, establishing appropriate variables and controls, choosing the kind of data and method of collecting it, and utilizing appropriate tools to correctly make hypotheses and predictions.
- Establish environments supporting the capacity for collaborative interactions to promote independence and interdependence which support conflict resolution, self-discipline, time management, and team-building.
- Demonstrate evidence-based decision making appropriate for the needs of a global society.
- Investigate relevant issues and problems which impact communities, regions, and beyond.
- Analyze research in the field of integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education to identify best practices for engaging learners.
- Promote personal inquiry as an aspect of developing dynamic relationships between ideas and individuals supporting expectations within the fields of STEM.