STEM Resources for K-12 Educators

Upcoming and Annual Professional Development Opportunities

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Science Education Update Conference

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University of Northern Iowa Campus, Friday, April 1, 2022.  This conference is free to PK12 educators and pre-service educators.  A limited number of substitute stipends are available to early registrations.  The conference will include breakout sessions, keynote, exhibits, and lunch.

Iowa's Geological Resources for Teachers Workshop Course

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Online via Panopto and/or Zoom: March 8 & 22, April 5 & 19 and May 3, 2022
On the UNI campus: July 11-14, 2022

The course begins with an online component in the spring to prepare you for the hands-on workshop visiting various geological sites and preparing curricular materials in July.

  • Develop rock and mineral collections while obtaining a basic proficiency in their identification.
  • Focus on the significance of these items in understanding and interpreting Earth’s history and the geology of Iowa.
  • Learn the various economic and environmental aspects of Iowa geology.
  • Earn 2 graduate credits for a reduced cost of $238 thanks to support from the Iowa Limestone producers.

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Exploring Medical/Health Careers Virtual Panel

in partnership with Waterloo Community Schools. [Medical and Health Career Resources]
Faculty and student panelists from Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Public Health, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Kinesiology
1.5 hours, including pre-prepared and open Q&A

Pre-Med, Nursing, and Medical-Other are 3 of the top 10 interest areas identified by students on the ACTs. But in a sector with literally hundreds of different careers, how can we help each student successfully navigate their own path?

After participating in this panel, participants will be able to:

  • compare and contrast a the breadth of medical and health career options available to students
  • explain at least three experiences that are essential components of medical/health undergraduate program (clinical experience, undergraduate research, internship)
  • list at least one online resource and one contact person as a resource for additional exploration of medical/health careers

Degrees and Endorsements

Masters Degrees

Individual STEM Courses - Current Listing Continuing Education


STEM Standards & Standards Resources

Iowa Core - Iowa's Adopted Standards

National Standards that include STEM content

Current Standards initiatives are built upon research in teaching and learning and previous standard reform.


STEM Research

Integrated STEM

Assessment in STEM


Classroom Resources

US Education Laws and Regulations - Resources and Information

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) takes effect in the 2017-2018 Academic year.  This law makes changes to the national, state, and local roles of accountability, funding, and programs in K-12 education and thus also has implementations for teacher prep and coninuing education.  The resources listed below provide background on ESSA and recommendations from national science, mathematics, technology, engineering and education organizations about ESSA implementation.

Comparing ESSA to NCLB

ESSA & STEM Overview

Resources and Recommendations from National Organizations with Regard to STEM Education

Iowa's ESSA Plan