FCR-STEMLearn has a long and distinguished history of providing Florida’s STEM educators with professional development programs that are not only relevant and rigorous, but also fun! Our teams of faculty and expert trainers work together to provide mathematics teachers with a rich learning experience designed to help strengthen their content knowledge, practice, and confidence in their abilities to teach STEM at the secondary level.
Overall, the FCR-STEMLearn program provides an enriching, engaging, and exciting experience for teachers to strengthen their content knowledge and grow in their practice. Teams of teachers, working and learning together, provide networking opportunities for each other as they plan for the next school year and Florida students will be the ultimate beneficiary as they see that integrated mathematics and science can be meaningful, useful, and fun!
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Statistics in Algebra 1 - Units of Study
Units of Study:
- Statistical Measurement & Sampling Methods
- Graphical & Statistical Comparisons of Data
- Bivariate Data & Regressions
- Normal Distributions
- Inferential Statistics
The Summer Institutes will focus on statistics standards in the Algebra 1 course description and the learning progressions leading up to what students are expected to understand by the end of Algebra I. Topics will include The Big Ideas in Statistics: Research Design and the Process of Statistical Reasoning; Variability; Distributions; and Data Fitting with an emphasis on linear regression modeling along with Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Testing.
This institute will help guide teachers in increasing their cross-curricular content knowledge and allow them to integrate STEM instruction into their classrooms while meeting the demands of the Florida Standards in mathematics and ELA. Led by College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) faculty with support from institute facilitators, this high quality professional development will provide participants with robust statistical content knowledge, tools and materials that they will be able to bring back to their school districts. Inquiry, Problem Based hands-on investigations will be the core teaching strategy for institute activities designed by CAS faculty for institute participants. Through the use of these hands on learning activities, participants will be able to return to the classroom to engage their students in rigorous mathematical applications modeled on STEM challenges and STEM labs that reinforce the statistics standards.
Infused into the summer institutes will be the use of technology, including Excel, GeoGebra and TI-84 graphing calculators to help with statistical analysis of data. Teachers will be able to gather data through the use of 3D printed manipulatives and electronic sensors to help inspire and engage students in labs that allow students to see how math and science are integrated.
Goals of the institute not only include new pedagogical ways to deliver material and STEM integration but to increase teacher content knowledge of mathematics. Teachers will be part of a 60 hour intensive progression of statistical concepts that allows them to appreciate how basic statistical concepts evolve into the foundation of college level inferential statistics used every day in our world!
Teachers of the following courses:
- Algebra 1 (#1200310)
- Algebra 1 Honors (#1200320)
- Participants will receive material, equipment and supplies
- Financial stipend of $1,000: Upon completion of ALL program requirements related to Summer Institutes, the post-tests, and selecting the lessons that the participant plans on using in their classroom, the participant will earn a $1,000 stipend.
- Free 3D printer and free one-year subscription to MyStemKits.com for use in your classroom: Access the entire MyStemKits.com library of models and curriculum then 3D print kits for use in your classroom. These are the same kits we use at the summer institutes. There are more than 120 kits available for teaching STEM.
- Free Sensors/probeware: Participants will receive classroom sets of probeware/sensors kits that will be used for conducting experiments in the classroom. We use bluetooth temperature probes and climate sensors in the institute that remotely connect to iOS/Android phones tablets (not provided).
- District in-service points; each district determines the number of points or credit earned for teacher participants.
- Working closely with university faculty who have not only a deep understanding of the content, but also knowledge of the latest research and findings in their areas.
- An opportunity to work with other secondary STEM teachers in your region and build your professional network.
- Receive training on CPALMS.
- Receive the FCR-STEMLearn Certificate after completing all the required phases (described below).
- Participants' schools will keep the 3D printer, sensors, and probeware if the participant successfully completes all the phases of the program. All the program components are required to keep the equipment. Please note that the MyStemKits.com subscription is for one-year only. Your school will be responsible for renewing it beyond the first school year.
Program Phases & Components
There are two required phases in this program plus Research and Evaluation questionnaires to complete.
Required Phase I: Summer Institutes
Program participants will attend summer institutes over two weeks led by university faculty. The summer institutes will focus on strengthening content knowledge and pedagogy. Full attendance is required from 8:00-4:30 for the following dates:
- Week 1: Tuesday June 13, 2017 - Friday June 16, 2017
- Week 2: Monday June 19, 2017 - Thursday June 22, 2017
Training location: Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High School, 8600 NW 107th Avenue,
Doral, FL 33178
Required Phase II: 2017-2019 School Years Classroom Implementation
- Participants will be provided access to follow-up lesson plans and instructional resources that support the transfer of new knowledge to the classroom.
- Participants will be required to teach at least one lesson for each of the instructional units specified in the program.
- The participant has the flexibility of setting up the schedule of when these lessons are implemented in the classrooms.
- The participant will be required to complete a follow-up survey after teaching each of the lessons.
- Often these materials require 3D printed kits, sensors, or software applications. Teachers will be provided these tools that are necessary to successfully access and implement these lessons.
- Participate in the research/evaluation study during the two academic years of 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.
Required: Research and Evaluation
The sole purpose of the evaluation program is to assess the quality and impacts of the professional development program, not to evaluate individual participants, schools, or districts. Neither your name nor your school’s name will be reported. There will be a series of pre-tests and post-tests as well as the follow-up feedback forms for the lessons used during the school year. No specific score is required to qualify and participants should not do any special preparation or use outside help to complete these questionnaires.
You must meet all these requirements in order to apply:
- Active classroom teacher or coach of one or multiple courses targeted by this institute (see track for target audience information)
- Your administration should agree to your participation prior to you submitting your application
- Did not previously participate in the same FCR-STEMLearn track
- Commitment to complete all the required phases
Applications is now CLOSED for the 2016-2017 program!
Applicants will be notified of their provisional acceptance within a few days of application submission.
FCR-STEMLearn is developed and provided by the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) at the Florida State University in partnership with approximately 55 Florida school districts. The current FCR-STEMLearn program is funded by the US Department of Education's Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program through the Florida Department of Education.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I participated in a past FCR-STEMLearn Summer Institute, may I attend FCR-STEMLearn Summer Institutes again?
The content covered in each FCR-STEMLearn Institute will be similar to prior years’ corresponding FCR-STEMLearn Institutes. Thus, if you attended a previous institute, you are NOT eligible to attend the same institute again.
Can I attend the training if I am a school or district coach rather than a classroom teacher?
It is a program requirement that attendees are classroom teachers. A coach with a teaching assignment can apply.
What is the attendance policy for the summer training?
Attendance throughout the full two-week summer institute is required. Participants are required to attend the institute in its entirety. Please do not schedule personal appointments during your Summer Institute face-to-face training weeks.
What are the daily Summer Institute hours?
The daily meeting times will be 8:00 to 4:30. Please plan to arrive prior to 8:00 so that we can start promptly at 8:00 AM.
I can only attend one week of the training, but not both. Should I apply?
No. Participants are required to attend both weeks of the Summer Institute. Please see attendance policy above for further details.
Payment and Equipment/Supplies
How will I be paid?
Check or direct deposit.
Will I keep the 3D printer, kits, and probeware/sensors after the program is over?
Yes if you complete the full program and respond to all the surveys/tests.
Who will own the 3D printer, kits, and probeware/sensors?
The kits and equipment are given to your school for your use. Your school will own this equipment contingent that you complete all the program component.
What forms do I have to complete to get paid at the end of the program?
Every participant will be required to complete the FSU vendor registration form and a direct deposit form (for direct deposit). These forms will be communicated to you along with instructions prior to the institute. You are required to complete and return these forms to continue to be in the program and eventually get paid.
When will the stipend be sent out to participants?
The financial stipend will be paid upon completion of the summer program, the post-tests, and selecting the lessons that the participant plans on using in their classroom.
Is travel and accommodation covered?
No travel or accommodation costs are provided. The workshop is local and within the school district.
How many PD points/credits will I earn?
Each district determines the number of inservice points or credit awarded for teacher participants. Neither FCR-STEM nor FSU can directly award inservice points to participants, but we will work with district professional development contacts to verify teachers’ participation and program completion.
What are the Laptop/Technology Requirements?
A laptop is required (tablets and iPads will not suffice for the Summer Institutes). If you do not have a work or personal laptop, please make arrangements to borrow one from your school. Laptops should be wireless capable and have a current browser (Internet Explorer 10 or later, Safari 5 or later, Firefox 23 or later, Chrome 28 or later) and the free Microsoft Silverlight plugin which can be downloaded from www.microsoft.com/silverlight.
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