Purpose and Design

  • The VaSTEM CoNNECT program is designed to improve teachers' understandings of content and pedagogical knowledge in the STEM disciplines across the K-12 spectrum.
  • During the summers of 2012 and 2013, participants in seven professional development sites across Virginia took part in week-long professional development sessions focusing on STEM education content and pedagogical knowledge goals.
  • Following the summer sessions, teachers were provided assistance in implementation during the school year and follow-up sessions that included classroom observations, unit plan development, and Lesson Study.
  • Deliverables include a database of teacher-created exemplar lessons and regional STEM conferences.



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