STEM Center Announces Texas Teacher Externships Program Grant Recipients

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The Center for STEM Education is excited to announce the awarding of 20 grants to applicants from around the state of Texas to host teacher externship programs during the summer of 2018, as part of the new Texas Teacher Externships Program, with follow-up in classrooms during the fall semester of the 2018-19 school year. Awardees include Independent School Districts, Education Service Centers, Institutions of Higher Education, Charter Schools, and one non-profit organization. These organizations will use their awards to offer educators unique professional development opportunities that connect the classroom to the workplace to improve student academic achievement. By participating in a teacher externship experience, educators will engage in activities with business and industry to learn how classroom content and learning strategies are applied to the workplace. Externships will not only strengthen teachers’ knowledge and skills, but help them integrate new-found business/industry-based knowledge into their teaching practice.

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Center for STEM Education takes part in Argentina Educators Training Program

Posted in News, News 2017, professional development

During the Week of October 2, 2017, the Center for STEM Education played host to 25 educators from Argentina. The group, part of the Argentina Educators Training Program (AETP), spent a week on The University of Texas at Austin campus taking part in professional development seminars. The AETP is part of a grant from the Argentina Ministry of Education, the American Councils for International Education, and the Argentina Fulbright Commission to the UT International Office and the Center for STEM Education. During the visit, Assistant Director Dr. Todd Hutner acted as liaison and coordinated professional development activities.

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Ruthe Farmer named 2017 WeTeach_CS Summit Keynote Speaker

Posted in Computer Science, Conference, event, News, News 2017, summit, WeTeach_CS

The Center for STEM Education is pleased to announce that Ruthe Farmer will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 WeTeach_CS Summit being held in Austin, TX from June 5-7. “Ruthe Farmer’s dedication to opening up CS education to all students has been an inspiration to everyone working towards CS for All,” said Amy Werst, Manager of Programatic Operations for the Center for STEM Education. “We’re really excited that...

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2017 Addison Lee Award Recipients Announced

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STEM Education Doctoral Students Karisma Morton and Anita Patrick have been named the 2017 Addison Lee Award Winners by UT Austin’s Center for STEM Education. The award provides financial assistance for doctoral students to present their research at national education research conferences. Both Ms. Morton and Ms. Patrick will present research at American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) 2017 Annual Meeting, held in San Antonio, TX. Ms....

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No Computer Science Education at Your Kid’s School? $5 Million from TEA Is Allowing UT to Change That.

Posted in Computer Science, News, News 2017, professional development, WeTeach_CS

This article originally appeared on on January 25, 2017. See original.   Only 2 percent of Texas high school graduates completed a computer science class in 2015, even though 60 percent of today’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs are in computing, according to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). One of the issues is that few Texas teachers are certified to teach computer science. For example, in 2014-15,...

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