Register Today for a Free Webinar about Teaching and Active Learning Pedagogy

The ARISE (Advancing Research & Innovation in the STEM Education of Preservice Teachers in High-Need School Districts) program from AAAS and the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is hosting a free series of webinars for the education and pre-service education communities on topics critical to the preparation and retention of teachers. The second webinar in the series, "Supporting ALL Learners Using Active Learning Pedagogy," will be held on October 25 at 3:30 p.m. EDT and is now accepting registrations.

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Jose Blackorby, Jiwon Hwang, and Richard Eitel (left to right).

Featuring Dr. Jose Blackorby, Director of Research and Development for CAST, Dr. Jiwon Hwang, Assistant Professor of Special Education at California State University—Bakersfield, and Dr. Richard Eitel, first-year science teacher at Bryan High School in Omaha, Nebraska and recent Noyce Fellow, the webinar will focus on evidence and best practices on three topics:

  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a research-based framework that addresses the wide range of variability found in today's learners;
  • Effective instructional approaches to promote STEM achievement for students with disabilities; and
  • Inquiry-based engineering design.

This webinar coincides both with Active Learning Week and with National Disability Awareness Month.

If you aren't able to attend this month's webinar, please mark your calendar for the week after Thanksgiving, when the webinar will focus on "Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the Preparation of Teachers to Work in High-Need Districts" and will feature Dr. Etta Hollins, Kauffman Endowed Chair for Urban Teacher Education at University of Missouri—Kansas City. The webinar is still in the process of being planned, but will be held either November 28 or 29. Check the website soon for final details.

Also on the website you'll find links to information from the inaugural webinar in the series, "The Role of Teacher Preparation Programs in Retention of STEM Teachers in High-Need Schools," which focused on better understanding relevant factors directly in the control of or able to be influenced by teacher preparation programs. A recording of the full webinar featuring presentations by Richard Ingersoll of the University of Pennsylvania; Courtney Preston, Miray Tekkumru-Kisa, and Sherry Southerland of Florida State University; and Chris Wright of the Baltimore County (MD) Public Schools is available, as are links to the webinar slides and resources handout.

ARISE was created to respond to the national call for a change in STEM teacher education and professional development and in teacher certification. It seeks to develop a research agenda to help build effective STEM teacher pre-service education and leadership development programs for high-need schools, as well as to develop a blueprint for innovation in STEM teacher pre-service education and leadership development programs, particularly as related to high-need schools.


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