Breakout Work Session 1 - 2:15PM - 3:00PM
Keeping the Rigor
Lya Snell - Mathematics Elementary Program Specialist, Georgia Department of Education
How do we maintain high levels of rigor in a STEAM classroom? In this session, participants will develop a common definition of rigor by keeping the concept of growth mindset at the forefront. Participants will also learn practical tips for increasing rigor in the schools and building a culture of high expectations.
Jeff Mathews - Principal, Peachtree Ridge High School
Abra Summers - Teacher, Peachtree Ridge High School
Listen to a story of how a successful STEAM program developed at a large, metro area high school. We will discuss successes and failures of an implementation that lead to GA STEM Certification and AdvancED STEM Accreditation. Full trans-disciplinary approaches, emphasizing a Project-Based Learning (PBL) environment, will be showcased.
Developing and Maintaining Strategic University Partnerships
Tamara Pearson - Associate Director of School and Community Engagement, CEISMC
Mindy DiSalvo - Research Associate, GTRI
A key component of any successful STEAM program is the development of meaningful partnerships. In this session, learn how to develop and maintain partnerships with universities, including Georgia Tech. Participants will leave with clear strategies for collaboratively developing a partnership that is meaningful to all stakeholders.
Breakout Work Session 2 - 3:15PM - 4:00PM
Sally Creel - STEM & Innovation Supervisor, Cobb County Schools
Effective STEM programs provide students with essential knowledge and skills to be successful in life. How do you build and sustain a STEM program? STEM Bootcamp that’s where! Learn where to start, who to reach out to, how to gain traction, what to avoid and how to keep it going.
What’s Next? Continuing to Move Forward
Margul Woolfolk - Principal, M. A. Jones Elementary School
Felicia Cullars - STEM/STEAM Program Specialist, Georgia Department of Education
In year 2 or 3 of STEM/STEAM implementation and feeling a little stuck? This session will be a time for schools to collaborate around next steps. Come together to brainstorm ideas and discuss potential barriers and challenges of sustaining STEM/STEAM in your schools. You should leave this session with a plan or framework and begin answering the question of “What’s Next”?
From STEM to STEAM
Jamila Cola - Director, NSF Partnerships for Research, Innovation, and Multi-Scale Engineering (PRIME) Research Experiences for Teachers, Georgia Tech
Pamela Walker - CEO & President, ArtsNow