Expanding Opportunities for STEM Teacher Leadership

Learn about issues, opportunities, and models of teacher leadership to create transformative learning environments and improve education policy and decision making.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 2:15pm to 3:45pm

Effective teachers are crucial to efforts in improving student learning in K-12 STEM education. Effective teaching may be enhanced through innovative professional development that takes into account the stage of a teacher’s career continuum and opportunities for teachers to use their knowledge and wisdom of practice in various leadership capacities. This session will: 1) explore the implications for career-long STEM teacher professional learning based on recommendations from a recent consensus study of the Board on Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; 2) introduce innovative models in interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial leadership that create high-quality, innovative, and transformative learning environments both in- and outside of the formal education environment; and 3) explore opportunities for teachers to play greater leadership roles in improving education policy and decision-making.

The session will begin with a discussion about a vision of professional learning and teacher leadership. Following this conversation, the presenters will provide overviews of three Academies’ reports:

Participants will then explore ways in which professional learning and leadership, in and outside the classroom and school building, can be made more complementary.

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