New STEM PD program targets admins

This partnership between NSTA and Chevron will help administrators see and experience high-quality instruction based on the science and engineering practices and will enhance their understanding of effective professional learning so they can better support teachers as they grow in their profession and make important changes in their teaching.

It also will connect them to research, tools, and resources to help them recognize and support effective instruction, and provide strategies for building a shared leadership capacity to support STEM instruction.

“Teachers and administrators play a crucial role in preparing students to become tomorrow’s innovators, and the NSTA’s ability to reach science educators across the country is unmatched. Through this commitment, we look forward to supporting the implementation of high-quality, research-based instruction to prepare and inspire the next generation of leaders,” said Blair Blackwell, Manager of Education and Corporate Programs at Chevron.

Administrators, especially principals, welcome the opportunity to learn more about the NGSS and find ways to better support STEM instruction in their schools.
According to Lucretia M. Page, a principal at Arcola Intermediate School in Eagleville, Pa., “teachers are in the forefront of providing STEM instruction and the NSTA administrator program will provide principals with a deeper understanding of how to best serve our teachers with the tools they need.”

NSTA will kick off the initiative with a face-to-face workshop for administrators in conjunction with a broader effort to engage district teams at the NSTA National Conference in Chicago. On Thursday, March 12, administrators will participate in a four-hour workshop, Teaming Up for STEM: NSTA District Administrator Workshop, where they will explore effective instruction based on the practices, participate in hands-on activities, view videos showcasing instruction, and hear from national leaders, including NASA astronaut Leland Melvin.

In the coming months, NSTA will offer additional opportunities for professional development. For more information about the Chevron-supported NSTA Administrators Initiative, or to learn how to register for the March 12 District Administrator Workshop, click here.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione

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