Self-Paced Professional Development

Professional Development (PD) is critical to schools, teachers, and students. Professional Development refers to the continual training, reflection, and growth of professionals in order to create and meet personal and team work goals. In education, this means training staff to set and meet the collective goals for the good of the students and the school.

We offer two self-paced PD packages for schools: one for schools that are implementing the Design SySTEM curriculum, and another for schools just looking for training around the pedagogies for teaching elementary STEM effectively.

Both PD packages are designed to be school staff-led (making PD much more affordable), with voice narration and all content provided. Please note it would be the school's responsibility to collect the materials, technology, space, and staff necessary for implementation. These packages will only provide schools with the presentation content needed to deliver PD.

 
 
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Design SySTEM package

This PD package will approach STEM as Design and Innovation, and is designed for schools subscribed to the Design SySTEM curriculum. The PD will help teachers build a common STEM framework and a coherent approach for instruction.

This package will lead teachers through pedagogy and lesson application.

The PD package will cover the following topic areas: 

  • Innovation

  • Project-Based Learning

  • "Traditional" vs. "New" Knowledge Space

  • "Linear" vs. "Random" Learning

  • "4 Cs" and "21st Century Skills" (p21.org)

  • Elementary STEM framework

  • Differentiating STEM

  • Lesson Simulations

  • Measuring Student Progress

  • PLCs

  • Design SySTEM Onboarding

Estimated PD delivery time: 5 hours

 

 
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Basic Package

The Basic Package is a PD package designed for schools looking for STEM training, but are not yet subscribed to Design SySTEM. It's perfect for schools looking for a "starter kit" PD session that teaches teachers the general principles around effective STEM instruction - including how to build their own lessons!

The PD package will cover the following topic areas: 

  • Innovation

  • Project-Based Learning

  • "Traditional" vs. "New" Knowledge Space

  • "Linear" vs. "Random" Learning

  • "4 Cs" and "21st Century Skills" (p21.org)

  • Elementary STEM framework

  • Differentiating STEM

  • Lesson Simulations

  • Measuring Student Progress

  • PLCs

Estimated PD delivery time: 4 hours