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Professional Development 

STEM Center annual breakfast

The Center for STEM Education and Outreach hosts an annual breakfast for connecting and learning on JMU's campus. This is an opportunity for K-12 STEM coordinators, team leaders, and other administrators to come together and share their ideas, success stories, and challenges. By inviting JMU STEM and Education faculty with interests in K-12 STEM outreach as well, we also provide a space for matching needs with opportunities. Our breakfasts typically include a mini workshop on a topic that is relevant, current and accessible enough for our STEM leadership audience to share with their teachers. Recent topics included computational thinking (Perry Shank-HHS CS teacher and CodeVA curriculum manager) and project-based learning in STEM (Emily Knupp- JMU alum and FCPS middle school science teacher). Our next breakfast will be Friday, April 8th, 2022.

Content Teaching Summer Academy

The Annual Content Teaching Academy is held during the summer on the campus of JMU. The programs (Academies) offer high-quality professional development that include in-depth studies in a range of content areas. In addition, each Academy is designed to engage participants in critical dialogues of practice with instructional sessions conducted by scholars and master teachers who understand the challenges associated with today's classroom. CTA was canceled in June of 2020 The photo above is from the 2015 academy on inclusive practices for Biology and Special Education co-teaching pairs. 

Cyber defense boot camp for teachers

Each summer, the Department of Computer Science at JMU offers TWO five-day boot camps that cover the basics of Cyber Defense for high school technology teachers. The boot camp provides interested teachers with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Cyber Defense and provide them with a complete set of course material (lecture slides, lab projects, and tools) to take to their home institutions. Check back for updates on future camp dates or contact Dr. Tjaden,

Renewable Energy Teacher Training Workshop

This week-long workshop is a unique opportunity for educators to learn about wind and solar power. The intensive training blends lectures from experts and tours of energy facilities with replicable, hands-on K-12 lessons to give educators content as well as context. For more information, contact Remy Pangle,

Virginia Association for Science Teachers

The Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) promotes excellence in science teaching and learning in VirginiaAll science educators are encouraged to join VAST and attend their annual Professional Development Institute (PDI). The 2021 PDI will be held November 14-20. November 14-18 will be held virtually from 4-9PM. November 19-20 will be in-person at the Madison Hotel on the campus of JMU. 

Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association

Since 1958, the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association, an organization of technology and engineering education professionals promoting the programs of technology and engineering education and their ideas, sponsors programs and activities for students and teachers, produces publications and continues to advance work for the profession of technology and engineering education. The next conference is July 21st-22, virtual. 

Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a state-wide organization dedicated to stimulating an active interest in mathematics teaching and learning by promoting the improvement of mathematics education, providing leadership in the professional development of teachers, and facilitating cooperation among organizations at the local, state, and national levels. 

Code VA

CodeVA is an educational non-profit created to promote computer science all across Virginia. Based in Richmond VA, our teacher training efforts and outreach to districts, parents and policymakers assumes a statewide footprint. CodeVA was founded with the principle that anyone can code, and that every Virginia child has a fundamental right to computer science literacy. Since 2014, CodeVA has taken great strides in making computer science a priority for Virginia. In 2016, Virginia became the first state in the nation to pass sweeping computer science education reform. This law mandates that every Virginia child will receive access to essential computer science literacy – to include coding – from Kindergarten through graduation. CodeVA seeks to build a strong, vibrant 21st century Virginia workforce by providing access to computer science education for every child. There are multiple PD sessions for each grade band. 

Virginia Children's Engineering Convention

The Children's Engineering Convention has three major components: 1) staff development for K-5 teachers focusing on strategies that assist children to create, use and control technology, 2) teacher demonstrations of techniques for infusing design, engineering, and technology activities into the Standards of Learning, and 3) a showcase of technology-based educational resources. In addition to the special interest sessions/workshops, other opportunities will include educational vendor exhibits and keynote speakers during each general session.


Project Lead the Way Core Training

Core Training immerses teachers in a hands-on, collaborative learning environment that challenges them to look at their classrooms in a new way. Teachers take on the role of a student, engage in in-depth exploration of PLTW coursework, and gain invaluable experience to take back to their classrooms. Core Training helps teachers build skills and confidence around activity-, project-, and problem-based (APB) learning; prepares educators to become facilitators and coaches; and empowers them to bring learning to life through their PLTW program. 

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association

ITEEA is the professional organization for technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators.  Their mission is to promote technological and engineering literacy for all by supporting the teaching of technology and engineering and promoting the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits.  ITEEA strengthens the profession through leadership, professional development, membership services, publications, and classroom activities. ITEEA hosts an annual conference in early Spring. Read more about their professional development opportunities here

The National Science Teachers Association 

The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is a vibrant community of 40,000 science educators and professionals committed to best practices in teaching science and its impact on student learning. NSTA offers high quality science resources and continuous learning so that science educators grow professionally and excel in their career. For new and experienced teachers alike, the NSTA community offers the opportunity to network with like-minded peers at the national level, connect with mentors and leading researchers, and learn from the best in the field. See here for upcoming virtual PD opportunities and the next in-person conference in 2023.


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