STEM teachers and leaders participate in a continuous program of STEM-specific professional learning.
Bluffton Elementary school teachers are continuously seeking new ways to provide STEM lessons to our students. Teachers have been involved with training through Code.org, Discovery Education, Summer Institute, technology conferences, and Summer curriculum days.
STEM teachers and leaders participate in a continuous program of STEM-specific professional learning.Code.org and Discovery Education have completed full day on-site trainings for teachers on ways to implement STEM lessons that are engaging and meaningful to students. The teachers were given lesson plan materials, time to collaborate on lessons, and were provided modeling of lessons.
Each summer, the district host teacher professional development during Summer Institute. Teachers from Bluffton Elementary participated in STEM training as well as hosted sessions for coding and gaming.
The administration encourages teachers to attend conferences that relate to our school choice. Teachers have attended and presented STEM sessions at SC EdTech, ISTE, SC Innovative Institute, and FETC.
Based on skills gained in professional development, teachers in all grades met over the summer to align their content standards to STEM expectations and our school choice. This day was a volunteer day outside of their contracted hours. The teachers focused on creating technology plans for each grade level.
BLES and ECC teacher training Discovery Education
Discovery Education STEM-Formation Program
For the past 2 years, Bluffton Elementary has participated in the The STEM-Formation program. The STEM-Formation program provides a system to deliver professional learning in an intentional and continuous manner. STEM-Formation members build both their individual human capital as well as their social capital as they work as a team to stretch their own capacity to effectively develop a culture of STEM in their classrooms and schools. BLES STEM-Formation members formed a school-based team and implemented strategies learned in professional development, shared their learning with their peers, and enriched their schools STEM culture. In addition, an on-site coach is provided by Discovery Education STEM Professional Development Facilitators periodically.
Gaming teacher, Kim Thomas, presented the reasoning and advantages of teaching coding in the elementary school to participants at the SC EdTech conference. The presentation including a variety of programs and apps that we currently use with our students.