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About the Stem Center

The STEM Center for Teaching and Learning™ was established in 1998 to strengthen professional development and advance technological literacy. Center initiatives are directed toward four goals: development of standards-based curricula; teacher enhancement; research concerning teaching and learning; and curriculum implementation and diffusion.

The STEM CTL is the professional development arm of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). ITEEA is the largest professional educational association, principal voice, and information clearinghouse devoted to enhancing technology education through experiences in our schools (K–12). Its membership encompasses individuals and institutions throughout the world with primary membership in North America.

The STEM CTL promotes the use of Standards for Technological Literacy, created from ITEEA's Technology For All Americans Project, a nationally supported initiative designed as a basis for curriculum and resources pertaining to the study of technology.

The STEM CTL provides teacher enhancement opportunities through selected programs, workshops, and conferences ranging from the elementary to university level.

The STEM CTL conducts research on teaching and learning through directed programs designed for quality teaching practices and assessment, development of resource materials, and support of teaching environments.

The STEM CTL develops and disseminates educational materials through Consortium work involving participants from states/provinces through local educational agencies or groups. Consortium participants receive quality products and services specific to their local and professional development needs.

The STEM CTL promotes partnerships with agencies, organizations, and other associations to advance technological studies in order to achieve common goals for developing technological literacy and improving student achievement.

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  • Engineering byDesign
    The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's STEM Center for Teaching and Learning™ has developed the only standards-based national model for Grades K-12 that delivers technological literacy in a STEM context.
  • 6E Learning byDeSIGN
    The 6E Learning byDeSIGN™ model will provide teachers and curriculum developers a systematic way to ensure that the T and E of STEM are fully integrated into the classroom. It is a natural unification and integration of Design and Inquiry that builds on the contexts of engineering in ways that maximize the content in both Standards for Technological Literacy and Next Generation Science Standards.
  • I-STEM FocalPoints
    There are many definitions of what STEM is, but only one standards-based model that intentionally integrates content in context. Administrators and teachers alike will find strategies for integrating STEM for their school. Experience a new standards-based model for integrating STEM through I-STEM Focal Points™ and how connecting the STEM dots can drive school reform and validate STEM content across Science, Technology and Engineering, Mathematics, English-Language Arts and NAE’s Engineering Habits of Mind.
  • Assessment, Development and Implementation

    The STEM CTL is concerned with developing high quality assessments to inform curriculum quality and fidelity, teacher effectiveness, and student growth achievement. To this end, services provide online “Dashboards” for class, school, and state assessment reports that reflect the growth of student knowledge, capabilities, and ways of thinking and acting. Highlights include:

    • Innovative performance assessments that focus on what students know and are able to do;
    • Flexible Teacher Assessment Dashboard provides real-time data on student learning;
    • Links STEM subjects through Integrative STEM FocalPoints;
    • Summative Assessment reports that focus on student growth and contribute towards identifying teacher effectiveness.
  • Professional Development

    The STEM Center for Teaching and Learning is building a community of STEM Education Leaders through face-to-face professional development, webinars, and an online learning community that prepare educators to be Integrative STEM professionals. Professional Development Opportunities includes:

    • Collaborative Learning Community: for teachers-by teachers;
    • Summer Institutes on Engineering byDesign Curriculum;
    • On-site workshops (school/district/state) that develop STEM pedagogy and practice through a facilitated learning opportunity;
    • A broad range of options for developing the Integrative STEM professional.
  • Standards-Based Curriculum
    STEM CTL has developed the Premier Standards-based Integrative STEM Curriculum Model designed to be flexible, affordable, and accountable. The Engineering byDesign™ (EbD) curriculum was initially developed to address the need for a standards-based curriculum using Standards for Technological Literacy, and through a dynamic process, now addresses the needs for a standards-based Integrative STEM curricula. Key attributes are:

    Develops broad Technological Literacy for every student using the 6E Learning byDESIGN™ Instructional Model;
    Based on Standards for Technological Literacy, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core State Standards (CCSS-Mathematics/English-Language Arts) and the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) Engineering Habits of Mind;
    Based on Constructivist theory, EbD™ is problem/project based within the context of the Grand Challenges for Engineering (NAE).
  • Research on Teaching & Learning
    The STEM CTL is engaged in validating the “T&E” of STEM through research that focuses on storytelling and data-driven discovery. We highlight great technology and engineering teachers doing great things. We aim to provide data-driven evidence of STEM learning for all students. Initiatives consist of:

    Institutional Research Agreement and Student Research Agreement to engage the research community;
    Future Leaders Scholarship to build a community of STEM±CTL future collaborators;
    Assessment Development Institute for the analysis, revision, and updating of EbD assessment items;
    Identify and publish Publications in research-oriented educational journals.