Empowered STEM Education is a project of Earth Force

Leading a classroom of students excited to apply lessons from the classroom to solve community problems is exciting – and daunting. We offer three levels of educator professional development to support your effort.

Our professional development begins with a two or three day professional development session focusing on our Community Action and Problem Solving Process, a six-step model that combines the best of STEM education, service learning, and action civics. Educators across the country use the Process to transform their science, engineering, math, and humanities classes into exciting, student-led laboratories.

We recognize that implementing a pedagogy like Empowered STEM requires more information and support than you will receive in a single training session. For that reason all of our professional development programs include ongoing support for educators over the first nine months. Drawing from over 20 years of supporting educators as they implement action-based strategies in the classroom, our educator support model will help you successfully navigate the implementation of the approach in your classroom.

Our second level of professional development is geared towards educators who have either participated in the past or have experience implementing similar programs and are now looking for guidance into how to tailor it for their specific classroom needs and resources. This two day workshop will help educators tap into community resources and make Empowered STEM Education their own. ESE 201 focuses on:

  • Choosing appropriate standards to weave into Empowered STEM Education
  • Finding, communicating, and leveraging community experts
  • Injecting Youth Voice throughout the project
  • Troubleshooting

Drawing from over 20 years of supporting educators as they implement action-based strategies in the classroom, our educator support model will help you successfully navigate the implementation of the approach in your classroom. Our ongoing support focuses on working with educators to troubleshoot their implementation in the classroom.

Our mastery course is for educators who have begun to implement projects in their classroom, but would like more support to foster student-led learning. This is a two-day workshop that focuses on increasing educators’ ability to maximize student learning and engagement through classroom management. ESE 301 focuses on strategies to:

  • Developing tools to problem-solve in partnership with students.
  • Creating positive educational climates that support student leadership while maintaining focus on classroom goals.
  • Co-creating assessment tools that allow you to measure student learning against curriculum goals.

To receive more information about our educator professional development programs please contact us at ese@earthforce.org