WHY IT MATTERS

The University of Iowa’s STEM Innovator® professional development program equips educators with the tools needed to partner with business and industry. STEM Innovator® prepares teachers to have their students work in teams employing an entrepreneurial mindset and innovative thinking to solve authentic, community-driven, real-world problems. STEM Innovator® students identify a problem of interest, verify and validate the problem through customer discovery, and establish and implement a solution. STEM Innovator® students gain the skills needed to thrive in a 21st century global economy.

TRAINING PATHWAYS

Professional development opportunities with us include online training, face-to-face training at the University of Iowa, and custom face-to-face training in your school district. STEM Innovator®professional development is a three-year program, providing each cohort with University of Iowa training and support, as well as access to a network of educators across the country.

Online training

Online professional development is offered twice a year, with winter and summer sessions. The program is designed for teachers who want strategies and methods for infusing STEM innovation and entrepreneurship into the curriculum. Next session starts January 2019.

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Professional development

STEM Innovator® onsite professional development, an introductory workshop for teachers near the beginning of their STEM Innovator® journey, is offered periodically on the University of Iowa campus. Or explore with us how we can tailor this workshop for delivery in your school district.

Teacher professional development

The STEM Innovator® Ed Camp is offered each summer on campus for teachers who have or are participating in our professional development. The camp provides a collaborative environment where teachers share and learn from each other to further develop their individual models.

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Week of July 15 - 19, 2019

STEMINARS WITH EXPERTS

During and after completing certification, educators have ongoing access to STEMinars® with national thought leaders in research and the sciences. Many of these sessions are open to the public.

Upcoming STEMinars®

INCENTIVES

Benefits to teachers are many, from extensive professional development and mentoring to opportunities to earn graduate credit at a discounted rate.

Iowa teachers who participate in STEM Innovator®receive up to $5,100* in incentives:

  • $500 cash stipend
  • Three graduate credits ($1,600 value)
  • Option to receive up to two additional credits, paid by teacher at a reduced rate of $149/credit (up to $770 value)
  • Twelve-month STEM Innovator® professional development, followed by ongoing professional collaboration ($1,500 value)
  • Access to STEM Innovator®toolkit: curriculum, instruction and assessment resources ($399 value).
  • If you choose to participate in the onsite Ed Camp: two nights' lodging (2 teachers/room) and five meals ($375 value)
  • Ongoing mentoring and support across three-plus years
  • Networking and professional opportunities with STEM Innovator state and national partners

*State of Iowa teachers funded through an Iowa economic development grant. Teacher support is contingent upon continued state funding.

Participants in STEM Innovator®receive up to $4,800 in incentives:

  • Option to receive up to five graduate credits, paid by teacher at a reduced rate of $149/credit ($2,750 value)
  • Twelve-month STEM Innovator® professional development, followed by ongoing professional collaboration ($1,500 value)
  • Access to STEM Innovator®toolkit: curriculum, instruction and assessment resources ($399 value)
  • If you choose to participate in the onsite Ed Camp: five meals ($125 value)
  • Ongoing mentoring and support across three-plus years
  • Networking and professional opportunities with STEM Innovator state and national partners