Registration form for STEM Conference

Invitation to Attend ETSU’s 9th Annual STEM Conference
Best Practices in STEM Education

The Gray Fossil Site and Natural  History Museum
Gray, TN

May 28th-29, 2015

You are cordially invited to attend a significant STEM education conference at East Tennessee State University, scheduled on May 28-29. The conference will begin with lunch on Thursday, May 28, and end on Friday, May 29, at 3:00 p.m.  Registration will be from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on May 28 (at the Gray Fossil Site and Natural History Museum). We look forward to your participation. If you are unable to participate, please share this with your colleagues and other STEM professionals. 

The conference will be held at the Gray Fossil Site and Natural History Museum in Gray, TN.  There is a $75.00 conference registration fee and meals will be provided during the conference.  Lodging for out-of-town guests will provided at the Carnegie Hotel.  The price for one night’s lodging is $ 92.00 plus 14.5% tax at the Carnegie Hotel. When you make your reservations, please request the conference rate.  Rates at another local area hotel will vary. 

We appreciate receiving your registration form and $75 fees by May 15.  Fees are waived for presenters only.  

Presenters and topics at the conference will include:

  • Sheila Boyington, Thinking Media, Inc.
  • Peter Bridson, University of Memphis
  • Marilyn Carlson, Arizona State University
  • Tom Cheatham, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Dennis Depew, Dean of the ETSU College of Business and Technology
  • Angela Lewis, Dean of the Clemmer College of Education
  • Panel Discussion on Research in STEM by Students
  • Sally Pardue, Tennessee Tech University
  • Elaine Swafford, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy

Please e-mail or call Angela Haga, (423-439-7592) if you have any questions regarding the conference.  If you require a hotel room please contact the Carnegie Hotel. If you and or others from your system or academic of other unit can participate, it is very important for you to let us know at your earliest convenience.

The STEM Conference has been made possible thanks to

  • Your registration fees;
  • The Clemmer College of Education;
  • The ETSU Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education
  • The ETSU Biological Sciences Department
  • The ETSU Geosciences department

Best Practices in Professional Development: Lessons Learned
Jack Rhoton
ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub


ETSU, through its Center of Excellence for Mathematics and Science Education and, more recently, through the ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub, has provided professional development for hundreds of math and science teachers, at all levels.  Our professional development has focused on improving instructional strategies/practices with the ultimately goal of improving student achievement. Based on our work, we have identified several best practices in our professional development for math and science teachers. Our findings are consistent with several recent students that have documented the importance of professional development on teaching practices and student learning. The ETSU model of professional development has been published in various journal articles and books. Although there is a large body of research that has examined the effectiveness of professional development, the evidences is often uneven given the differences in resources, system level and school leadership, and teacher knowledge gaps.  These factors can be complicated when teachers return to the classroom without the necessary support structure to practice and reflect upon the innovation.   Also, district policy changes and budgetary constraints can influence researchers who need to control these changes.  However, the best practices in professional development that we have been able to identify are listed below.

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 ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub

One of the premier initiatives of the Center is the establishment of the ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub. The Hub interconnects K-12 schools, higher education institutions, businesses, foundations, and community organizations to design, develop, and demonstrate innovative, sustainable and transferable STEM learning experiences.  These STEM partnerships and collaborations seek to engage students, develop a skilled workforce, and increase STEM literacy in the fifteen school districts in the Northeast Tennessee region and throughout Tennessee.

Please click here to visit the Center's STEM Hub site .



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