STEM Panel Discuss Teacher Development

Earlier today, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) hosted a panel to discuss the future of STEM teaching.  The event, “The Analytic Framework: A Tool for Advancing Change and Innovation in STEM Teacher Preparation and Development” highlighted APLU’s  Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative initiative (SMTI) and its impact thus far.

Part of the SMTI initiative was to formulate an “Analytical Framework” that creates standards for concepts, language, and metrics within STEM.  Charles Coble, co-director of SMTI and Lizanne DeStefano, Fox Family Professor of Education and Director of I-STEM at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, talked of the importance to gather input for the framework around the country in order to build consensus towards the way future educators receive their preparation.  Coble commented that “common language,” and specific “definitions of quality” need to be present to ensure an effective workforce.

The association, which already includes 125 public research universities, aims to create a new cadre of STEM-based educators through their initiative, and currently prepares over 7,500 teachers annually.

Posted by: Michael Darden

Sources: APLU

Photo credit: “UMKC Students and Professor in Classroom” courtesy of flickr user umkcofficial

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