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STEMpact’s STEM Teacher Quality (TQ) seeks teachers for eleventh cohort of STEM learning

Educational leaders throughout the St. Louis region are invited to boost STEM learning for K-8 students in their schools and districts by encouraging teachers to participate in STEM TQ, an immersive professional learning experience designed to enhance teaching and learning about science, technology, engineering and math. Applications to participate in the 2023-2024 STEM TQ Cohort are due March 1, 2023.

Administered by the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis (ISP), with support from STEMpact, STEM TQ offers participants a full year of opportunities to learn from a team of facilitators who are experts in STEM teaching and learning. Participants learn how to “stemitize” required core curriculum, enhance learning and academic performance and observe the development of STEM capabilities by connecting classroom instruction to our everyday lives and the world in which we live.

“This program is not confined to science and math teachers, because STEM is everywhere,” says Barbara Pener, STEM TQ Program Director/Facilitator. “We are excited to welcome our eleventh cohort of teachers to this innovative and proven program that is designed to equip them to inspire and prepare students for STEM success.”

Each cohort launches with a STEM TQ Institute, a two-week, immersive summer learning opportunity packed with field trips to some of the region’s STEM-rich locations–Castlewood State Park, Victory Lanes Raceway, MasterCard, MilliporeSigma and the Saint Louis Zoo, to name a few. The field experiences are such an integral part of the program for one primary reason: a commitment to fostering exposure and exploration of STEM pipeline careers.

“Teachers are often shocked that so many great STEM experiences are right here in their own backyards,” says Pener. “We want teachers, and in turn, students, to know there are incredible STEM opportunities right here in our region!”

This year’s STEM TQ Institute dates will be July 10-21, 2023, followed by a full academic year of follow-up events and trainings. 

Since 2011, STEM TQ Institute has reached 1,071+ teachers, impacting 35,000+ students throughout the Greater St. Louis region and beyond. For more information, contact Barbara Pener