Created: Tuesday, 02 July 2013 17:16
Presenter: Brenda Swirczinski
Workshop Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Registration Time: 8:00 AM
One Day Insitute: $175 ($150 for Texas ASCD members)
For more information or to schedule the workshop at your district call: 512-477-8200.
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) inititive and focus in education is gaining ever-increasing interest from educators. STEM programs and resources abound for middle and high school levels, but what about STEM for our earliest learners in kindergarten through grade 5?
This one-day session will take participants through a day of examination of what STEM is, looks like, sounds like and can do for students in K-5. District and campus leaders and teachers interested in getting started in STEM will have opportunites to define and refine their understanding of STEM and learn about current programs and practices at the elementary level. Participants will also explore connections and resources that link STEM and 21st century skills essential for student success.
Join us for a hands-on, minds-in day of learning the landscape of STEM, starting points for your district or school and implications for your students’ success.
Starting STEM: First Looks & Steps for K-5 participants will:
-develop an clear understanding of what STEM is and is not as it relates to K-5 learners
-participate in hands-on examples of STEM reflective of best practices and 21st century skills
-learn and explore specific K-5 STEM programs, resources and ideas for district, campus-level and
-construct a working plan of first steps and beyond for their district, school or classroom
-K-5 classroom teachers
About the Presenter: Brenda Swirczynski has over 25 years of experience teaching informal and formal science education at the elementary and post-secondary level and developing programs and curricula for Texas school districts, universities and botanical research institutions. Of particular interest to her work is experiential science education for elementary students and elementary teachers, especially those teachers with little background in the sciences. She finds the STEM education framework to be an important and ever- expanding catalyst for scientific content and skill acquisition for students. She currently serves as the elementary science coordinator for Birdville ISD.
Presenter: Tammy Shepherd
Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Please contact our office at 512.477.8200 to schedule this academy at your location.
Registration fee: $349, ($299 for Texas ASCD members)
This workshop is the same as BRAINS for Teaching Strategies except day 2 is focused exclusively on Science Instruction. The workshop may be structured for all level science, or broken down to present to elementary, middle school, or high school only.
Educators in this workshop will learn to enhance their teaching through discoveries about the brain, the mind, and the learning process. Beginning with a non-technical overview of new research from neuroscience and cognitive science, participants gain usable knowledge and practical strategies for the classroom. The second day of this workshop is strong application of the brain compatible knowledge and skills to the teacher’s classroom. Teachers will need to bring samples of lesson plans and their curriculum and/or scope and sequence. Practical techniques to enhance the learning practice will be explored and practiced. Educators will gain understanding of over 50 strategies which can be used immediately to make instruction effective, increase memory and engagement, support higher level thinking skills, and improve behavior as students increase ownership of their learning.
Tammy Shepherd works as a consultant and presenter on the topic of neuroeducation. She has written and presented informative, engaging, and thought provoking workshops on enhancing student achievement for the past 10 years. With 30 years of experience in public schools as a science teacher, counselor, administrator and now completing a doctoral study in the area of Brain Research as it relates to teaching and learning, Tammy bridges practical experience with researched perspectives on how we can enhance learning in today’s diverse classrooms.
Workshops are designed to be interactive and engaging as they enhance the important work of educating all students by supporting those who teach them. We are teaching students today to live, learn, and work in a world of tomorrow that is unknown and expanding exponentially. The best approach is to prepare students who think, evaluate, explore, and create. Although the world is rapidly changing, the biology of the brain is not. We now understand the brain better! Neuroeducation is a natural connection between a love for learning, the science of learning, and a commitment to making instructional practice effective, enjoyable, and research-based.