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Idaho School Leaders' STEM Academy Cohort II

Goals and Objectives

Participants will:

  • Learn and apply research-based elements and design features of rigorous, STEM project- based learning
  • Understand how teachers can integrate engineering design concepts into their instruction as an application of mathematics and science in a project-based, problem-solving environment
  • Understand the appropriate role of technology in both teaching and learning – not only learning about technology but using the technology to learn
  • Shape a vision of academic success for all students in STEM areas
  • Learn and apply leadership strategies for engaging educators in school-based STEM professional learning
  • Gain an understanding of the change process, the ability to improve relationships, knowledge creation and sharing, and coherence making in order to become a high functioning STEM school
  • Learn to use STEM learning tools including walk-through instruments, project design tools, and observation protocols aligned to the Idaho Teacher Framework
  • Learn from a cohort of like-minded educators who are seeking school and district transformation in STEM teaching and learning.
  • Learn how to assess and evaluate educators implementing project-based learning in their learning environments.

Description: Educurious, the Idaho Office of the State Board of Education and the Idaho STEM Action Center are pleased to offer you a NO COST opportunity to participate in the second cohort of the Idaho School Leaders’ STEM Academy, modeled after the very successful Idaho School Leaders’ STEM Academy launched last fall. This engaging learning experience will assist all school leaders, especially elementary and middle school principals, in leading STEM efforts in their schools. We also welcome superintendents and other district leaders to expand their knowledge of STEM teaching and learning to help support systemic change. Please see below for learning goals, dates and locations. Educurious will be working in partnership with the STEM Action Center, as well as established STEM school leaders, to tailor this experience to the needs of Idaho’s communities. Schools and school districts should apply with a team that includes a school and/or district leader (required) and at least two classroom teachers from your school/school district. We will fund up to five people per team.

There will be a total of four 2-day sessions spread throughout the school year (8 days total). Locations will be in the Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Idaho Falls areas. If you agree to participate, you will be expected to attend all sessions and fulfill all assignments given at each session. Sessions will also include visits to schools, science and other STEM sites, therefore your attendance in person is required; there is no distance learning option available. Travel costs are covered by the project.

In exchange for your participation, we promise an intellectually stimulating and useful professional development experience. You should leave the academy prepared to assist your teachers in dramatically increasing student learning and achievement in STEM subjects in your schools.

STATUS: Closed

Training Dates & Locations

October 10 & 11, 2019; Boise
December 5 & 6, 2019; Coeur d'Alene
February 27 & 28, 2020; Boise
May 14 & 15, 2020; Idaho Falls

PD Credits: Syllabus and more info coming soon

Funding Schedule

Open: July 8, 2019
Close: September 2, 2019
Award date: September 9, 2019

Anticipated # of awards: 8 schools
(1 administrator and 2-4 educators per school)

Program Partners

  • Idaho Office of the State Board of Education
  • Educurious

Course Requirements

  • Attend all in-person sessions
  • Attend two online follow up sessions
  • Complete a school/district plan to strengthen STEM teaching and learning in your school/district

Travel (if you qualify)

Travel reimbursement and substitute cost is handled by Educurious. Please email Josie Brogan at for any information regarding travel or substitute questions. Mileage will be determined using Rand McNally Mileage Calculator. Please see Idaho State Employee Travel Policy.

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