Stem educator symposium

The STEM Institutes and Preston Middle School in Fort Collins are hosting the fourth annual STEM Educator Symposium March 30 - April 2, 2016.  On Saturday, April 2, the Symposium will host a one-day professional development opportunity for Symposium Participants and others.   This program is designed to help participants expand their knowledge of effective STEM / STEAM and general teaching practices. ​

We are updating the site for 2016!  Check back often!


2016 STEM Educator Symposium:

Innovation Beyond the Classroom... Expect the Unexpected!

​The STEM Educator Symposium is a low-cost, three-day STEM staff development for teachers, administrators of K-12 institutions, 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 people 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 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!

"How will you make the world better?"

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.

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!"

Sponsored by

I am the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with Parkland School Division, Innovative Learning, Teaching, and Leadership Consultant, as well as the author of the book, "The Innovator's Mindset". I am passionate about empowering all learners in school, how we unleash talent in others. My hope is we create an education system that leads society, not tries to catch up.

Change is an opportunity to do something amazing...let's embrace it.

Cindy Moss, Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, is charged with supporting school districts in their work to develop and deploy student initiatives to drive science, technology, engineering and math achievement nationwide.
A nationally respected thought leader in STEM education and reform, Dr. Moss brings over 21 years experience in district leadership, classroom instruction and inquiry based learning to her work as a champion for STEM engagement and career & workforce readiness.

Dr. Moss is a sought-after speaker on the topic of student engagement through STEM and was selected by the National Science Foundation to serve on the federal commission, which created the “National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the US Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education System.” In 2012, Dr. Moss was recognized as one of the top “100 Women in STEM.”
Prior to joining Discovery Education, Dr. Moss served as Director of PreK-12 STEM Education for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system, the 17th largest district in the US. Dr. Moss moved into this role after 21 years as a classroom teacher, where she received numerous awards for excellence including RadioShack’s National Teaching Award and the Milken National Educator Award.
Dr. Moss has a BS in Zoology from UNC-Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Scholar, a Masters in Science Teaching from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in Science Curriculum and Instruction from Curtin Institute of Technology in Perth, Western Australia.

KEYNOTE: Cindy Moss

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