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Programs for Schools & Districts
Customized Summer Institutes
Customized Summer Institutes are weeklong, intensive experiences for whole schools or key district personnel that focus on STEM integration, STEM education for diverse populations, and the particular needs of the community. These institutes provide a superb context in which to improve teaching practices, transform school culture, and create a community vision for STEM education.
Professional Development Days during the school year provide introductory or follow-up experiences for district or school groups.
Nexus is an initiative for district-based leaders, curriculum coordinators, professional developers, and others with responsibility for K–12 STEM education. Nexus is dedicated to addressing racial, class, and gender-based achievement gaps in STEM education in Minnesota. As a community of district STEM leaders committed to the well-being and future of all our young people and to the economic and social health of our communities, the Nexus community works together to bring about cultural change and transformation in our educational institutions. We hope that through our effort, we will ultimately open doors that help our children grow up strong in a world full of possibility and opportunity. We invite those working with teachers on STEM teaching and learning including curriculum coordinators, classroom coaches, professional learning community leaders, principals, curriculum committee chairs, magnet coordinators, and others to join us for this work.
Goals for Nexus are to:
The application process for Nexus is competitive, and there is a fee of $500 per participant for Science House Member/$1500 fee for non-Science House District Members. Each district (or consortium of small districts) applying needs to select a team of 3–5 individuals (based on district size) with collective responsibility for STEM efforts within their district(s).
2013-2014 Nexus Dates
Principals and Leaders in Schools (PALS) is a program that runs in parallel to Nexus for teachers whose principals participated in our Principals Institute.
Visit our Professional Development Philosophy & Mission page to learn more about our approaches.