Annual Pre-Service Teacher Conference to be held March 2-3

It should come as no surprise that teachers have a significant impact on their students' future trajectories.  A teacher's comfort with STEM content and teaching practices play a large role in students' interest in further pursuit of STEM courses and careers.  Because of this, the Southeast STEM Region, the University of Iowa College of Education, and higher education institutions across the state are partnering to host the annual STEM Pre-Service Teacher Conference March 2-3 at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa in Coralville.

The goal of the conference is to provide undergraduate pre-service teachers from across the state, interested in STEM teaching and learning, a chance to find out more about different approaches and opportunities in STEM education and to network with one another.

Friday evening will include a networking reception, a dinner and keynote speaker along with an opportunity for students to meet each other. Saturday will include a light continental breakfast, breakout sessions in which faculty members, administrators, and statewide STEM education leaders will present information about unique and innovative approaches to STEM education. Lunch will also be provided. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with groups from across the state who provide resources for STEM educators and panels of school administrators and teachers will discuss issues relevant to early career STEM teachers. 

Additional topics discussed at the conference:

  • Project based learning
  • STEM + Arts
  • Science and math integration
  • STEM and literacy
  • STEM in elementary classrooms
  • Engaging special needs students
  • STEM differentiation
  • STEM for English language learners
  • STEM education policy
  • Computer science
  • STEM teaching endorsement

If you are interested in presenting at the conference or have resources to share, please register here

Undergraduate students, early career teachers, and higher education faculty members can register to attend this FREE conference here