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STEM:  Strategies That Engage Minds!

Please click on Google Form to register for any of the following programs for teachers and students.

 


Summer 2019

Literacy Credit – Book Study *FULL*

Open Up Education – How open way learning can transform schools by Adam Haigler and Ben Owens.

I have two spots open for an online book study.  I have a copy of the book you can borrow!

Please let me know if you are interested.

About this Course

Would you rather people saw you as open or closed minded? The answer should be obvious. Why then do we tend to allow our legacy systems in education to be closed, when they clearly don’t enable the same level of performance as open ones? This phenomena is well-established in education, where many educators tend towards isolation, hoarding resources from each other, and contentment to continue to do what has always been done. Meanwhile, students often have lack a clarity of purpose in terms of how what they are working on relates to things they care about in the wider world. Stuck inside an unengaging status quo, they see “doing school” as irrelevant to their interests and ambitions.

This self-paced course offers an antidote by drawing from the disruptive impact the open source community has had on technology and society. Accompanying the book, “Open Up, Education! How Open Way Learning Can Transform Schools,” the course gives any education stakeholder very pragmatic steps that can be taken from the classroom to system-wide policy level to build a culture of radical collaboration, free exchange of ideas, and designed innovation. It is a call-to-action for educators who want to create schools that are more open, networked with professionals in and outside the school, and where the pace of innovation aligns with our rapidly changing world.


April

14867 • USING STEM TO ENHANCE LITERACY-OCRACOKE

Designed for teachers in grades 3–12.

The world of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—provides a rich environment that motivates children to want to learn more. Children often prefer reading about spiders and dinosaurs to fictional characters. STEM activities help students build vocabulary, incorporate problem-solving skills, and analyze complex text with real-world applications. Maximize classroom time by integrating literacy with the natural connections of STEM disciplines. Experience lessons that give students a desire to read, promote problem solving, and model strategies to cultivate reading comprehension. Join us as we make messes, break things, and create minds-on STEM learning environments.


May

14869 • INTEGRATE CODING SKILLS INTO YOUR CURRICULUM-CULLOWHEE

Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. According to Code.org: computing occupations make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, making Computer Science one of the most in-demand college degrees. Most students, however, do not have the opportunity to learn coding. You can help change this. Learn how to code, integrate coding into your curriculum, basics in robotics, and inspire students to learn more about computer science.

14876 • COACHES: LEADING THE MATH WAY-CULLOWHEE

Designed for math instructional coaches.

As math continues to evolve in North Carolina, those leading instructional initiatives need to refine their expertise through collaboration and coaching strategies that support teachers. This program will empower math instructional coaches by developing effective coaching protocols that encourage teachers in the classroom. Math leaders will collaborate with others to gain insights and revise their practices. Effective pedagogical strategies will be explored that inspire coaches to return to their schools and lead.


June

June 5-7:   PBL 101 at WCU – spaces are FULL

June 27th:   – Summer PD opportunity (Breakout 102, June 27) to your teachers.  The registration link is listed below and also found on the flyer.  The PD will be free for the teachers (including the Escape room) but it does not provide stipends. 16 Participant limit – 2 slots available for each LEA until May 15 and then first come first served to complete the class.  Contact Jennifer Love if interested.

June 23th – 25th: 

WRESA/NCASA Summer Leadership Conference 2017

“Personalizing Education”

Location:  US Cellular Center

87 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801

Speakers:  Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson,  Dr. Connie Kamm and others TBD.

14936 STEAM IN THE PREK/K CLASSROOM – CULLOWHEE

Designed for teachers of grades NC PreK–K.

This program will dive into ways to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) into the NC PreK and Kindergarten classroom. Learn what STEAM looks like developmentally and discuss the importance of introducing it to young students. Explore hands-on STEAM lessons that can easily be integrated into standards, content domains and goals while keeping in mind program accreditation.


July

14944 USING STEM TO ENHANCE LITERACY – CULLOWHEE

Designed for teachers of grades 3–12.

The world of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—provides a rich environment that motivates children to want to learn more. Children often prefer reading about spiders and dinosaurs to fictional characters. STEM activities help students build vocabulary, incorporate problem-solving skills, and analyze complex text with real-world applications. Maximize classroom time by integrating literacy with the natural connections of STEM disciplines. Experience lessons that give students a desire to read, promote problem solving, and model strategies to cultivate reading comprehension. Join us as we make messes, break things, and create minds-on STEM learning environments.

 


August 

14959 GOOGLE TOOLS IN SCHOOLS – CULLOWHEE

Whether or not your school or district has adopted a Google Chromebook environment, if your LEA infrastructure allows for the use of Google Tools and/or Apps, the “Googlesphere” can be an immense help. It can aid in engaging students, keeping in touch with parents, automating feedback and assessment, sharing documents, and more. Hone your skills with the Google Chrome Browser, with Google Apps, with Android Apps, and with Chrome OS so that you can engage your students using freely available tools on almost any platform.

August 5-10:  High School FRC Robotics Camp.  Details will be posted on Robotics tab.


September

14973 MAKERSPACE 101: USING THE MAKER MOVEMENT TO REACH ALL STUDENTS’ NEEDS – CULLOWHEE

Explore how teachers and students with no prior knowledge can use the Maker Movement to become inventors and designers. Teachers will learn the basics of the Maker Movement and how to integrate hands-on creative lessons into their standards to reach the needs of all students. We will explore green screen projects, basic robotics, coding, design theory, 3D printing, building and making, STEAM projects, and much more!

14970 DESIGNING YOUR OWN STEM CURRICULUM: PBL/CBLS IN ACTION – OCRACOKE

STEM implementation can begin with a teacher leading a 30-minute STEM activity and progress to a student PBL investigation that may take weeks to accomplish. Navigating this implementation can be a challenge. This program is for teachers ready to design their own STEM curriculum. Teachers will explore common misconceptions and examine four common frameworks of STEM lessons (Problem-Based Learning, Project-Based Learning, Place-Based Learning and Case-Based Learning). Not only will you participate in examples of student led PBLs, but also create your own PBL/CBL(s) for your specific content areas. Coaching and collaborative planning ensure that potential roadblocks of implementation can be addressed before you leave.

14978 EXPANDING YOUR TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF DIGITAL LEARNING – OCRACOKE

Digital learning is a broad category that encompasses the use of digital resources and technology to enhance and differentiate instruction. The number of available options, however, can be overwhelming. Participants in this session will gain experience with free, high-quality tools for: video and audio production, blended lessons, games in education, curating digital content, formative assessment, and coding. The program will also incorporate hands-on experiences with inexpensive technology that enhance instruction. Participants will explore these digital tools as students to best determine how to use them effectively as teachers. Leave NCCAT with a virtual toolbox of new techniques to take back to your classroom.

September 30:  CREW Workshop at Cherokee Central Schools – Details TBA


October

14980 CREATING AND SUSTAINING MATHEMATICAL UNDERSTANDINGS WITH MATH WORKSHOP FRAMEWORK – CULLOWHEE

It is no surprise that students in the upper elementary and middle grades have different instructional needs. This is the time when they change the most. Meeting these needs in the math classroom can be challenging and overwhelming. This program will demonstrate to teachers how to utilize the math workshop framework as an avenue to reach these varied learning needs. Teachers will learn how to create new delivery methods and class structures to differentiate for students by modifying lessons they already use. Development of critical thinking tasks that address the rigor of the Common Core and meets students at their level will be explored to strengthen teachers’ expertise.


November

December

January

  • 4thFIRST FRC Kick Off Event

February

March

April

May

 


Student Programs


 

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Makin’ Bots team workshops – dates and location TBD

All Macon County High School students 9th – 12th grade are eligibleMacon County First Robotics Competition (FRC) Team Sign-up

Macon County is starting our first high school robotics team this year.  The team of 10-50 students along with 3-6 mentors and coaches will design and build a 150 lb. robot in an industrial workshop!  This year we will be partnering with local business and industry to guide us through to the tournament in Asheville this Spring 2018.  Learn electrical and mechanical engineering, computer programing, fundraising and entrepreneurship skills while making new friends and making new connections in our community!

Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

Do you know you are already interested?  Please go the robotics tab to register for the team.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Love at Jennifer.love@macon.k12.nc.us or 828-524-3314.

*** We are also looking for adult/parent/community mentors to help with the team – if you are interested, please sign up with link above.***

Information attached about the program –

For even more information, go to https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc


Other Professional Development in the Region


The Science House PD
For these workshops, the Macon County STEM-E grant can cover your subs and registration fee is covered by the grant.

https://sciencehouse.ncsu.edu


NCCAT
North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching is holding several STEM related workshops.
https://www.nccat.org/


The Science House Asheville K-12 Educator Workshops

For registration and more information go to –

Mountain Satellite Office

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