Maine Governor’s Academy Fellows Explore STEM Policy and Technology at Spring Institute

The Governor’s Academy for STEM Education Leadership Fellows convened in Augusta for a two-day Spring Institute. The Academy is a two-year program consisting of eight strands. This institute focused on three of the strands: STEM policy, engagement and advocacy; STEM models and practices; and Technology.

Panelists Tom Keller, MMSA co-director and STEM Council executive director; Peter Geiger, vice chair of the ME State Board of Education; Anita Bernhardt, ME Department of Education (DOE) Coordinator for Standards and Instruction; and Deborah Friedman, ME DOE Policy and Programs Director examined the issues and opportunities in STEM education, and roles Governor’s Academy Fellows can play in STEM advocacy.

Cary Sneider, associate research professor at Portland (OR) State University and one of the lead writers of the Next Generation Science Standards, immersed the 23 fellows in authentic STEM teaching and learning experiences that intertwined science, engineering, and mathematics core ideas and practices. Academy Fellows will be able to model these lessons with colleagues, sharing concrete examples of the vision of STEM integration.

Jim Wells, ME DOE Coordinator of Education Technology, shared the Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition (SAMR) model of computer technology integration (Dr. Ruben Puentedura, developer). Examples of iPad applications that can be used in the classroom as adopters progress through teaching and learning with technology were shared. Computer games, simulations, and slow motion video analysis demonstrated innovative approaches to learning.

Academy fellows will present their leadership accomplishments at the capstone Summer Leadership Institute in June.

For more information about the Maine Governor’s Academy for STEM Education, contact Joyce Tugel.

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