AUGUSTA, GA. – The Augusta University College of Education will host an educators’ workshop, “Laying Tracks: A Foundation for Integrative STEM/STEAM Instruction,” in a series of four seminars in 2017. See dates below.
Dr. Ashley Gess, professor of education, has created a year-long, three-part workshop with follow-up through December of 2017 that will help educators build a foundational classroom of critical thinking and inquiry learning that will support not only STEM/STEAM instruction, but improve engagement across all subjects.
“An integrative STEM/STEAM approach gives students more than just information,” Gess said. “When implemented correctly, it brings students together in a culture of inquiry and inclusion. It lays the foundation for future learning, and may contribute to an overall reduction in need for RTI interventions.”
The workshops are team-oriented, and Gess encourages schools to send a group of educators working together who can grow together in their approach, reinforce the approach with one another, coach other educators on the methodology, and who will be supported by STEM professional in the CSRA. It won’t leave educators to figure out implementation on their own.
“This is really a different way of thinking about teaching,” Gess said. “We can’t leave educators alone to figure out how to implement it. We’re going to be there alongside them.”
That is why the series includes several follow-up sessions for workshop attendees, as well.
“The follow-up sessions will allow us to tackle real-world problems of practice when implementing new methods,” Gess said. “What challenges are teachers facing on the ground? What resources are available to help them with their specific speed bumps? And it will also allow us to continue to guide their conceptions around creating a classroom of integrative STEAM engagement and inquiry learning.”
The workshop series is free and open to any educator. A first mandatory pre-workshop meeting will be held Dec. 13 from 5-6 p.m. in Hardy Room in the Jaguar Student Activities Center. Registration is limited to available space. Click here to register: http://tinyurl.com/STEAMshops
- Dec. 13 – Initial orientation, JSAC Hardy Room
- Jan. 17 – First session, JSAC Ballroom
- Feb. 21 – Second session, Washington Hall, Room 116 (Dome Room)
- March 21 – Third session, Washington Hall, Room 116 (Dome Room)
- April 18 – Fourth session, JSAC Ballroom