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Building Bridges with the STEAM Community at ITEEA’s 80th Annual Conference

June 17, 2017


STEAM Educators are Invited to be Part of the
Dedicated STEAM Strand at ITEEA's 2018 Conference in Atlanta!

ITEEA is partnering with STEAM Education in Atlanta to provide a workshop and full conference strand that will provide educators with professional development to understand STEAM theory, program development, and practicum for delivering and creating integrative STEAM curriculum. 

STEAM Educators are invited to apply to present via a regular 50-minute presentation as well as to be part of ITEEA’s wildly popular STEM Showcase. Both venues offer and exciting opportunity to share how the arts represent an important facet of the educational landscape that currently includes science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.

One lucky presenter will be randomly selected to receive two free nights of complimentary lodging at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, ITEEA’s Headquarters Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia! The drawing takes place soon after the June 30th regular session deadline, so APPLY NOW!

Present a 50-minute professional development learning session. Deadline June 30, 2017

Be part of ITEEA's popular and unique STEM Showcase. Deadline October 15, 2017



The 2018 conference theme is about building bridges within the STEM community and beyond. Building bridges within the STEM community is about helping others understand the important role technology and engineering education brings to STEM.

STRAND 1: Connecting With K-12 STEM Colleagues

Connecting with other K-12 STEM colleagues to show the role of technology and engineering education in STEM and Integrative STEM education. Sessions in this strand should showcase how K-12 STEM education teachers can work together to develop curriculum, activities and experiences that are designed to intentionally teach the content and practices of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics together.

STRAND 2: Connecting With Other STEM Professionals in Higher Education

Those involved in technology and engineering programs in higher education often work with other STEM professionals to strengthen how STEM education is developed and delivered. Sessions in this strand should provide examples, strategies, research, and best practices that demonstrate successful collaborations with colleagues in the promotion and advancement of STEM education.

STRAND 3: Connecting With the Broader STEM Community

The broader STEM community includes those at the local, state, national, and international levels who are interested in promoting STEM in both formal (e.g., student competitions) and informal settings (e.g., afterschool STEM programs) and developing STEM education curricula, activities, and other subject areas and experiences. Today there are many promoting STEM and now STEAM education, including nonprofit organizations, government organizations, and business and industry. Sessions in this strand should provide examples of how those involved in STEM Education connect and partner with the STEM/STEAM community.  

STRAND 4: Connecting With STEM Decision Makers

To be successful, those involved in STEM Education must engage educational decision makers and leaders who can bring STEM education to life. Sessions in this strand should showcase how those involved in STEM education engage decision makers and leaders (e.g., local boards of education, supervisors, and principals) to help STEM Education programs grow and prosper.

Important Guidelines: ITEEA conference presentations are intended to provide participants with nonbiased professional information related to the wide scope of issues and needs associated with technology and engineering literacy education, teaching/learning research, and student performance. Professional program presenters should avoid specific commercial product and resource endorsements in their presentations. Commercial product manufacturers, vendors, and representatives wishing to make nonexhibit presentations at conferences should contact the ITEEA [(703)860-2100 -] to discuss commercial product presentation options within the context of the conference program.

See photos from the 2017 Dallas conference.