Discussing the perspectives and challenges for STEM PD implementation in Lithuania (EDC)
On April 12th 2018 the Education Development Centre in Vilnius organized a national multiplier event to discuss challenges PD Centres in Lithuania face when implementing STEM PD and to facilitate discussions among various partners on opportunities for closer cooperation.
The aims of this event were threefold:
(i) to introduce the STEM PD Net project and its major achievements;
(ii) to give a broad introduction on the work in progress;
(iii) to collect feedback from participants on the implications of the IOs for PD centres’ practice, particularly on possibilities to use collected materials for STEM teachers PD (IO4); on quality criteria for STEM PD centres (IO1) and the development of centres‘ activities (IO5); on possible initiatives of PD centres for leading to a closer cooperation with various partners.
The event attracted 30 participants from the Ministry of Education and Research, institutions providing teacher professional development services, STEM subject teacher associations’, STEM school network representatives and researchers from universities.
The hosts were highly satisfied with the event: by connecting Lithuanian key players in this field valuable exchange was evoked and new contacts were established.
Delivering high-quality STEM PD (INTEF)
On May 23rd and 24th 2018 the Multiplier Event took place at INTEF offices in Madrid, Spain. This national conference focused on the dissemination of PD materials (IO4) and PD center models (IO5) and to discuss them within the Spanish PD context. The event was of high importance in the context of Spain as external and internal assessment has shown that Spanish students ought to improve their results in STEM, particularly in Mathematics.
A wide range of activities and formats were implemented. The agenda included conferences about the importance of STEM education and stereotypes in STEM, a talk on the STEM PD project workshops on selected PD materials to analyze their usefulness and relevance, a round table on PD center models and educational policies in the STEM field, workshops about STEM in primary education, scientific dissemination and maker culture. Furthermore a materials market for commented STEM PD material took place, displaying a selection on innovative methods regarding diversity, disadvantaged minorities and multiple learning styles.
At a special policy seminar the relevance of the intellectual outputs (IO 04 and IO 05) was presented and discussed as well as possible measures to extend or replicate good results (legal issues, budget requirements, networking and partnerships and so forth). The congress received excellent feedback and was a priceless opportunity to disseminate STEM PD Net.
The event was attended by 85 participants: PD providers and facilitators, policy makers and PD centers throughout Spain, autonomous regions’ administrators for PD programs, education colleges and universities).
Providing and evaluating high-quality PD (NATDID)
NATDID (The Swedish National Centre for Communicating Science and Technology Educational Research) at Linköping University have put up an information webpage article for the upcoming Multiplier Event in September 2018: https://liu.se/artikel/stem
Seminar on “Effectiveness of PD activities and resources” in Sofia, Bulgaria
A national seminar “Effectiveness of PD activities and resources” will be held in Sofia on 14-15 March 2019. The aim is to disseminate the results of the project STEM PD Net. Highlights will be placed on quality criteria for PD and how to implement them in day-to-day professional development for teachers, measuring the impact of professional development activities on diverse learners.