Stem educator symposium

Mary Kay Sommers, Past President of the National Association of Elementary Schools Principals says of the STEM Educator Symposium,"One of the most interactive, inspiring and educational experiences that will impact your thinking and teaching immediately!"

Why do so many students get excited about science and engineering but lose that interest?  Do students of color access STEM?  Why are girls not pursuing STEM studies? These are questions of interest to educators, business leaders and other decision-makers across the county.

The world has some big challenges!  Increasing the availability of clean energy, providing enough food and clean water for an increasing world population, designing for upcycle, space for humanity are all problems for which science, technology, engineering and math can help provide solutions.

"How will you make the world better?"

The STEM Educator Symposium is designed to enable STEM / STEAM Educators and STEM / STEAM Businesses to share practices that will result in a larger and more effective STEM workforce. Become an Agent of Change!

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2015 STEM Educator Symposium: Shifting the Learning Experience!

​The STEM Educator Symposium is a low-cost, 3 day,  STEM staff development for teachers, administrators of K-12 institutions and for college and university professors of pre-service teachers and community and business leaders who want to support high-quality STEM / STEAM education in their communities.

Would you like to spend time with a selective group of educators and business persons who share your commitment to STEM / STEAM education?  Are you looking for ways to get your students excited about high-level learning?  Would you like to increase your students' academic confidence and competence?  Would you like to learn with experts in problem-based teaching and learning? How would you enjoy beautiful Fort Collins Colorado in April?

The STEM Institutes and Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, are hosting the third annual STEM Educator Symposium April 22-24, 2015.  Following SES15, on Saturday, April 25, we will host a one-day professional development opportunity; Engaging Today's Students: Innovative Practices.   This program is designed to help participants expand their knowledge of effective STEM / STEAM and general teaching practices. ​


Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. After 14 years as an Educational Leadership professor, Dr. McLeod currently serves as the Director of Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). In 2003 Dr. McLeod and his CASTLE co-director, Dr. Joan Hughes, created the country’s first graduate program designed to prepare technology-savvy school leaders. Since then he has worked with a number of corporate and organizational partners to move schools into the 21st century. Partners and supporters of his work have included Microsoft, IBM, the National School Boards Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the International Society for Technology in Education, the Consortium for School Networking, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation. In addition to his technology leadership work, Dr. McLeod has helped numerous school organizations survive and thrive in today’s data-driven accountability environment. Dr. McLeod’s honors include being named as a Leader in Learning by the cable industry; an Emerging Leader by Phi Delta KappaInternational; and one of the National School Board Association’s 20 To Watch. He was the first untenured faculty member to ever receive the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He received the William J. Davis Award in 2002 for the best research article of the year in Educational Administration Quarterly. In 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and was recognized as a technology innovator by the Center for Digital Education. In 2013 he received the Technology Leadership Award for the state of Iowa. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences. He also is the co-editor of the book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media.

Kate Canine is the Professional Development Specialist for Poudre School District.  The PSD Professional Development department supports the ongoing learning of all educators through formal trainings opportunities, instructional coaching, mentoring, and Multi-Tiered System of Supports consulting.  Current classes taught by Kate for PSD educators include Student Engagement by Design and Formative Assessment Process.  She was a member of the Task Force that developed the PSD Standards-Based Teaching and Learning Framework and works in collaboration with schools and departments to implement this and the current teacher evaluation rubric.  Kate also served as the Mathematics Curriculum Facilitator and taught at Rocky Mountain High School.

Jack Berckmeyer is a nationally-recognized presenter, author, and humorist who began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. After two years of teaching he was named as an outstanding educator at his school, and shortly thereafter he was identified as one of the outstanding educators in the district. In 2003, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Falcon School District. Jack brings his energy, humor, and expertise to all staff development as he helps teachers and administrators remember why this job makes a difference. Jack has presented in conference and school district settings both nationally and internationally. Jack served as a judge for the Disney American Teacher Awards and the selection committee for the USA TODAY All-Teacher Team. Jack Berckemeyer is known for his motivating, practical ideas communicating a message of hope, laughter, and insight into education. Jack was also the Assistant Executive Director for the National Middle School Association for 13 years and is the author of Managing the Madness - A Practical Guide to Middle Grades Classrooms. He is also the co-author of H.E.L.P. for Teachers. His most recent publications are Taming of the Team - How Great Teams Work Together and Deliberate Optimism - Reclaiming the Joy in Education, co-authored with Dr. Debbie Silver and Judith Baenen. Jack is currently the Owner and Director of NUTS and BOLTS - Ready to Lead, Teach and Learn Conferences located in Destin, Florida and Sandusky, Ohio. Jack lives in Denver, Colorado and has no pets or plants.


Engaging Today's Students: Innovative Practices