Clarkson’s Institute for STEM Education awarded New York State Education Department Smart Start
POTSDAM — Clarkson’s Institute for STEM Education (STEM Ed) has been awarded a New York State Education Department (NYSED) Smart Start grant through a partnership with Saint Lawrence - Lewis BOCES.
STEM Ed faculty will provide professional development for teachers with a focus on careers in computer and information technologies.Led by Dr. Benjamin Galluzzo and Dr. Mary Margaret Small, the Student Preparation for Emerging Careers in Computer and Information Technology initiative will serve kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers in the St. Lawrence - Lewis BOCES region.
With funding of approximately $100,000 annually for five years, the Institute will provide high-quality innovative professional development opportunities to increase teacher expertise and understanding of engineering, computer science, and educational technology so they can better prepare their students for successful careers and college.
Connections to recently adopted New York State K – 12 computer science and digital fluency standards will be highlighted through site visits to regional businesses so teachers can experience real-world engineering and computer application in action and gain an understanding of the impact of technology on workforce development.
Opportunities will also be provided for participating teachers to interact with other Clarkson faculty and community business leaders.
“These interactions will support the development of a community of practice,” said Dr. Small, “that will design technology-rich, cross-disciplinary learning experiences to support current and future regional workforce needs.”
Dr. Ben Galluzzo is Associate Professor and Associate Director, Institute for STEM Education, and Head of the Clarkson School. Dr. Mary Margaret Small is Educational Partnership Coordinator in the Institute for STEM Education. To learn more about the program, contact Dr. Small at [email protected].