ENGINEERING

professional development

professional development

Definition

Professional development generally refers to ongoing learning opportunities available to teachers and other education personnel through their schools and districts. Effective professional development is often seen as vital to school success and teacher satisfaction, but it has also been criticized for its cost, often vaguely determined goals, and for the lack of data on resulting teacher and school improvement that characterizes many efforts.

 

 

Engineering/Engineering Design Professional Development

The effectiveness of teachers has been regarded as crucial to the success of standards-based reform (Fishman, Marx, Best, & Tal, 2003). Research, particularly within science and mathematics, has underscored the need for professional development to help teachers understand (a) subject matter, (b) learners and learning, and (c) teaching methods (Loucks-Horsley, 1999). In addition to focusing on teacher professional development, national reform efforts have also emphasized science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education (i.e., Rising Above the Gathering Storm, NRC, 2006). While substantial work has been conducted in mathematics and science, the efforts in technology and engineering education are much less mature. This makes sense given the relatively recent development of the Standards for Technological Literacy (ITEA, 2000) and recent calls for integrating engineering into the K-12 classroom as both an avenue to technological literacy and as a way to enhance the engineering pipeline (Erekson & Custer, 2008; Lewis, 2005; Wicklein, 2006). In response, within the  DeKalb Engineering and Technology program are a comprehensive and iterative professional learning community has been developed to enhance teacher knowledge and skills within the area of STEM.

 

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Professional Development Opportunities
Engineering and Technology Middle and High School Teachers

Program Area
/Teaching Field
Description
Date
Location
Time
All Engineering Pathway Courses
Digital Design with Adobe Suite - Using Enggraver and Sign Maker
June 4-6
Tucker High School
8:00 to 4:30
All Engineering Pathway Courses
Project Based Learning
Using All Tools Available
(Engineering Concepts)
June 6-8
Tucker High School
8:00 to 4:30
All Engineering Pathway Courses
Computer Aided
Drafting/Design
June 11-13
Chamblee High School
8:00 to 4:30
All Engineering Pathway Courses
Prototyping Using Safe Practices in the Lab
July 25-27
Cross Keys High School
8:00 to 4:30
All Engineering Pathway Courses
STEM-VEX Robotics -
Class to Competition
(Engineering Applications)
June 13-15
Arabia Mountain
8:00 to 4:30
All Engineering Pathway Courses
Prototyping Using CNC Wood Router
July 23-25
Cross Keys High School
8:00 to 4:30
All Middle School Engineering Teachers
Teaching STEM Using Lego Robotics
June 13-15
Arbia Mountain
8:00 to 4:30
All Middle School Engineering Teachers
STEM Concepts Through Engineering by Design 6th, 7th and 8th Grade
July 23-25
Druid Hills Middle School
8:00 to 4:30