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Idaho STEM Leadership Academy Cohort IV

Goals and Objectives

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increase the number of school and district leaders who are prepared to support educators in mastering the skills of STEM PBL Learning in order to prepare Idaho students for their future in a global economy.
  • Develop a problem of practice specific to your context that will lead to rigorous and engaging STEM instructional practice in your school and/or school system.
  • Develop clear pictures and definitions of rigorous and engaging STEM PBL with the knowledge and skills you need to make this a reality.
  • Learn how these practices align to the Idaho Core Teaching Standards
  • Engage with a cohort of Idaho educators to increase collaboration across the state and form powerful collective action.


This course will prepare your school team to implement high quality STEM teaching and learning, achieve STEM Certification, if this is your goal, and align teaching quality to the elements of rigorous STEM Project-based Learning (PBL). STEM PBL is an instructional approach that challenges students to learn how to learn through collaborative, real-world, STEM problem-solving. Research shows that compared with traditional lecture-based instruction, PBL improves student motivation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, learning retention, and the ability to adapt learning to new and novel situations — critical skills for the 21st century workplace.  Educators will see their own discipline from a fresh and energizing perspective, building excitement about teaching.  Leaders will receive tools and practices to create a vision and enact that vision in your school or district.

Funded by the Idaho STEM Action Center and the State Board of Education, Educurious facilitated three prior cohorts. Over the course of a year, Idaho STEM Leadership Academy Cohort IV will consist of three in-person meetings (2-day) and ten hours of online sessions, some of which will be synchronous, and others will be asynchronous. Your team will receive a detailed facilitator guide to enable you to take this course back to your school or school district.

Travel (if you qualify)

If you qualify for travel, please visit the Travel Reimbursement webpage and follow instructions.


Training Dates & Locations

*January 26 & 27, 2023; Boise
*March 2 & 3, 2023; Fort Hall
*April 13 & 14, 2023; Boise

*Dates are subject to change

Program Coordinator: John McFarlane

Maximum # of participants: 40
(8-10 Teams with 1 administrator and 2-4 educators per school)

Program Partners: 


Idaho State Board of Education

Course Requirements

  • Attend all in-person and online sessions
  • Complete a problem of practice and clear steps to achieving the change you seek
  • Take new learning from the Academy back to your school/district

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact program coordinator, John McFarlane at or 208-231-1466.

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