What We Do
The STEM TLC supports, celebrates, and sustains teachers’ efforts to include enriching, rigorous, and responsive science and engineering in elementary classrooms in high-needs schools.
Scroll below to discover more about our greatest efforts: the Summer Institutes, our ongoing Professional Learning opportunities, and STEM support systems and coaching.
We support STEM TLC teachers who are commited to exploring new ways of learning and doing by offering ongoing, professional learning opporunities throughout the school year.
STEM TLC professional learning opportunities reconnects TLC teachers and offers them opportunities to continue their STEM learning and development. Teachers need time away from the hustle and bustle of their school environments to reflect meaningfully on and plan for next steps to improve their practice. Offered through a variety of formats, STEM TLC professional learning will focus on exploring and developing a plan of action for one engineering problem of practice, common across many classrooms. As is the case with all STEM TLC professional learning, these days will be full of interactive learning, meaningful dialogue, and inevitable lighthearted humor. We design the learning experiences based on suggestions from and experiences of TLC teachers.
For more information on upcoming events and professional learning opportunities, click the button below.
Teachers gather for a week on UNCG’s campus to engage in interactive, practical, and inspiring professional learning.
We currently offer two Summer Institutes—one for teachers who are new to teaching engineering and a more advanced Institute for teachers who have more experience. Science and engineering are the foci of the Institutes, but we explore connections to other content areas throughout the week.
Our Institutes celebrate, nurture, and re-energize teachers as professionals—the “TLC” acronym not only stands for “Teacher Leader Collaborative”, but emphasizes our commitment to treat teachers with care, respect, empathy, and kindness. We want teachers to leave the Institute with new, innovative ideas for their science and engineering instruction. Equally important, we want them to feel empowered to make instructional changes they deem important, to take instructional risks, to reconnect with the vision that brought them to teaching, and to learn with new colleagues who can help them remember, grow, and sustain their passion and vision. The hard work of teacher learning can’t be done alone.
We extend teachers’ professional learning opportunities by offering in school support and coaching, virtual supports, including webinars, virtual and a repository of online resources.
We offer coaching sessions for STEM Teacher Leaders because we’ve found that job-embedded professional development is an effective way to meet teachers’ learning needs. Teachers value professional development that is directly linked to the realities of their context and targeted to their level of experience. If you’re interested in setting up a coaching session or would like a STEM Coach to support you, please contact us at email@example.com.
We offer real-time webinars focused on specific problems of practice related to engineering and science instruction. Led by experienced teachers, the webinars offer real-time participants a chance to interact and share ideas around a primary problem of practice related to student learning, participation, equity, science, and engineering. Webinars are open to all—those who are a part of or are curious about the STEM TLC. Because of the interactive nature of the webinars, we limit participation to 25 teachers, but we record and archive webinars so all can access them as resources.
We offer a repository of online resources to help teachers in their efforts to integrate science and engineering throughout their curriculum. Though this site is still under development, you can access the resources by clicking the button below.