Expectations for the STEAM Innovation Summer Institute
The STEAM Innovation Summer Institute is designed to provide professional development opportunities to assist districts in transforming education through innovation and to provide experiences for teachers that will become a springboard to a greater vision. Teachers from last year's Institute implemented innovative lessons and ideas they learned into their classrooms and have impacted approximately 7,360 students. The numbers are still growing. We have included some of their stories on this site. Check back often to see the new ones we post.
The colleagues you meet in each session will come from school districts throughout the region and will become your new collaborative team. Our hope is that you will collaborate and support one another while you prepare to embed new ideas from the Institute into teaching and learning.
We will provide opportunities for you to communicate with your colleagues through distance throughout the year. Our teacher facilitators may be able to provide some guidance during the year to help support your initiatives. Relationships are important in accelerating and sustaining innovation and we believe that the collaborations you build will strengthen your success.
Our expectation is that during the 2016-2017 school term you will complete surveys that you receive from the STEAM Summer Institute Team which will help us learn the impact the Institute had on teaching and learning. The information you provide will also provide the feedback we need for continuous improvement. We are dedicated to improving our services to you and your assistance is greatly appreciated.
As you look through this registration packet you will find links to register for each inspired learning session. We have limited the number of participants in each session in order to maintain an environment where you can learn comfortably. There may be some sessions that fill up quickly. For this reason, we may contact you to ask if you would prefer to be on a waitlist or switch to another session. You will be contacted by email to confirm your place in the session. The instructor may notify you beforehand to let you know about any software downloads or any pre-course materials to help you prepare. Most importantly, we hope you enjoy!
The STEAM Innovation Summer Institute Team
Aileen Owens, Director of Technology and Innovation, South Fayette Township School District
Maureen Pedzwater, Education Consultant, South Fayette Township School District
Lynette Lortz, Technology Integration Specialist, South Fayette Township School District
Norton Gusky, NLG Consulting