button-download-workshop-filesStrand: Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Session I: 9:15 – 10:30 AM

ABSTRACT

This presentation will retrace the 3-year journey of an Austin Independent School District middle school’s strategy to increase STEM education in a Texas high-tech urban city. Using strategies from NAPE’s Micromessaging Academy, the school has increased understanding of how intentional introduction of STEM activities to all students can have a significant impact. Attend this interactive workshop to learn about efforts by a Texas middle school to motivate and encourage a more inclusive STEM environment.

Quintanilla_Trisha 2017PRESENTERS

Trisha Quintanilla

Mathematics Teacher
Austin ISD

Biography: Mathematics Educator for 13 years across the state of Texas, Teaching many different diverse groups of students.

Gigliardi_Sara 2017Sara Gagliardi

Science Teacher
Austin ISD

Biography: I have been teaching for 13 years in the state of Texas. I have taught elementary and middle school as well at the university level.

DESCRIPTION

This presentation will retrace the 3-year journey of an Austin Independent School District middle school’s strategy to increase STEM education in a Texas high-tech urban city. Although Austin is known as a hot bed for technology and innovation, not all students have had access to STEM education until now. This school’s challenge is to continue to engage educators and students to realize the importance of STEM and of how the arts calls for increased technological skills. Using strategies from NAPE’s Micromessaging Academy, the school is increasing understanding of how intentional introduction of STEM activities to all students and the use of micromessages in the classroom can have a signficant impact. Attend this interactive workshop to learn how this Texas middle school is motivating and encouraging a more inclusive STEM environment.

This interactive presentation will include:
* a description of the student populations served by the Austin Independent School district
* an overview of Gorzycki Middle School, including its STEM Initiatives for girls and underrepresented populations
* a strategies discussion used to reach all faculty members and staff and to share what a comprehensive approach looks like
* a review of the successes and areas for improvement in our continuous journey to educate faculty, staff, and students about the increasing need to master high-tech skills for a variety of STEM and art careers
* a question-and-answer segment

INTENDED AUDIENCE

Teachers, counselors, leaders in education, principals, and curriculum specialists

 

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