techdirections - February 2017

Engaging And Empowering Decision Makers

2017-02-01 03:09:59

ENGAGING and Empowering Decision Makers through Integrative STEM Education is the theme for this year’s International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) conference, which will be held March 16-18, 2017, in Dallas, TX. Featured Speakers The First General Session on Thursday will feature Jonathan W. Gerlach, the International Consultant for STEM Education Initiatives at Discovery Education. Jonathan has a deep background in STEM. As an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, he worked in the U.S. Senate, focusing on STEM education policy for the office of Sen. Michael Bennet (CO). As a former NASA Endeavor Fellow, he collaborated with teachers and leaders around the country as well as professors at the Columbia Universities Teacher College in understanding the impact of STEM professional development. Jonathan previously supported STEM education in Hillsborough County Public Schools where he was named the Florida Association of Science Teachers Science Teacher of the Year as well as the Florida Engineering Foundation STEM Educator of the Year. Friday’s Teacher Excellence General Session features Steve Culivan, the NASA STEM Education Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) Specialist at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Mr. Culivan develops and provides NASA STEM online and face-to-face professional development programs for in-service, pre-service, and informal educators. He was the Principal Investigator for two International Space Station (ISS) in-flight education demonstrations. He additionally developed and co-developed several NASA curriculum products and engineering design challenges. Prior to his current twenty-eight year career with NASA Education, Culivan taught middle school Earth and space sciences, life science, English, art, and coached several sports. He holds a current Louisiana teaching certificate in science and English. Pre-Conference Workshops Five specialized pre-conference workshops will be held on March 15. STEAM will run from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; all others will run from 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. STEAM The STEAM Education workshop will provide educators with professional development to understand STEAM theory, program development, and practicum for delivering and creating integrative STEAM curriculum. The workshop includes one-year access to the extensive online course with 25+ chapters of videos and over 100 supplemental downloads that can be referred to for deeper extensions that cannot be covered in one day. Design Thinking in Integrated STEM Education This pre-conference workshop will prepare teachers to effectively implement key strategies to improve students design thinking skills within integrated STEM lessons. Purdue faculty, Ivy Tech Community College, and graduate students will present approaches to improve student’s design skills while also addressing Standards for Technological Literacy, Next Generation Science Standards, and 21st Century Skills. The workshop will feature an integrated STEM lesson linking biology, physics, and engineering design to 3D printed fishing lures. The Essentials of Backward Design Planning Technology and Engineering education educators attending the session will learn to enhance their current curricular and instructional practices by exploring the essentials of backward design planning methods and multidisciplinary thematic focus of effective unit planning. Student learning, assessment, and classroom facilitation will be modeled in this session. Homemade Game Devices at The Next Level This workshop is being led by Phillip Cardon, Professor of Simulation, Animation, and Gaming at Eastern Michigan University. STEM Strategies for the Elementary Classroom— Children’s Council STEM Workshop Audience: K-5 Educators—Using problem-based learning and problem solving strategies to address STEM topics with elementary students, the Children’s Council Elementary STEM Workshop will enhance the teacher’s ability to ensure that elementary school children in grades K-5 develop a practical understanding of how to use, create, control, and assess technology through the engineering design process. Professional Development Sessions Over 100 Professional Development Learning Sessions will be conducted at this year’s conference. Most sessions are 50 minutes in length and occur on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The complete list of session titles will appear in the full conference program. This year’s conference will also feature five panel sessions, providing a variety of perspectives on: - “Who Are We?” - STEM Competitions - Teaching Literature in STEM - Developing Community Support/ Partnerships - Maker Education and Technology and Engineering Education - Diversity in the T&E Classroom Tours On Thursday, attendees will be able to tour AT&T Stadium, which serves as the home for the Dallas Cowboys. This guided tour includes the AT&T Stadium luxury suites, radio & media press box, party plazas, Cotton Bowl offices, Dallas Cowboys locker room, Cowboy Cheerleaders locker room, post-game interview room, and a commemorative photo. Friday offers a Fire Training Research Center (FTRC) tour. Since 1995, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s FTRC has provided groundbreaking Aircraft Rescue Firefighting and structural training services in an innovative learning environment. This will be a guided tour that illustrates the use of multilingual curriculum, digital activities, and practical applications in a state-of-the-art training facility. The facility truly embraces the global concept and demonstrates the possibilities of teaching across cultures. Also on Friday is the Frontiers of Flight tour. Experience the stories of aviation and space flight—from the Wright Flyer to the one-of-a-kind Flying Pancake; the Apollo 7 spacecraft, 13 historical galleries, and over 35,000 artifacts; the Living History program and our acclaimed STEM education program. This will be a guided tour with the opportunity to see STEM showcased in an Aviation Camp in progress. (Observation of Aviation Camp is an ITEEA conference exclusive experience.) The last tour on Friday is the George W. Bush Library tour. Framed by the themes of freedom, opportunity, compassion, and responsibility, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum serves as a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, The 14,000-squarefoot gallery highlights themes and subjects, such as education reform, the global war on terror, the financial crisis, and efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Exhibit Hall Attendees should be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall, which features an excellent selection of tools, materials, and media resources to help educators and students excel. Exhibit Hall hours will be available at the show. The Host City Bright lights, big personalities, shiny cars. In many ways, Dallas is the belle of the Texas ball. From JR Ewing and the TV show Dallas, to the Dallas Cowboys and their cheerleaders, this city has made a deep imprint on American popular culture. The museums are not only excellent, but unique—history buffs should not miss the memorials to former president John F. Kennedy! For more information on things to see and do in Dallas, go to For more information on the 2017 ITEEA Conference, visit

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