Making STEM a Force for Good
April 3 - 5, 2020
University of Notre Dame
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About the Conference
STEM education serves more than an economic means. STEM education can be used as a force for good throughout our communities and as a means for helping young people shape their own futures. This 2-day conference will draw on research and the wisdom of practice to help teachers from the STEM disciplines as well as the humanities integrate core concepts and practices from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in ways that address problems that are meaningful to our nation’s youth.
Speakers will address issues of curriculum, instruction, and assessment at the intersection of problem-based learning and authentic, relevant contexts as a means for generating agency among STEM learners. Break-out sessions will provide opportunities for different teachers of different grade bands – from pre-school to advanced level high school settings – to explore developmentally appropriate ways for young people to engage in rigorous STEM education as a means for respecting the dignity of all people and fostering the common good.
Special sessions for principals and administrators will be offered. Topics will focus on leading STEM initiatives in schools.