Free Professional Development Series Targets Math and Science Teachers

Core Element, a local nonprofit promoting quality teaching in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), will host its annual Summer STEM Institute beginning in June.

The free series focuses on professional development for math and science teachers, running from June 28 through July 27. Sessions will be held at the Tulane University Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology.

“The most effective classroom teaching environment is student-centered,” said Jan Brenan, Core Element Executive Director. “The Summer STEM Institute helps teachers understand how to rework the traditional instructional model of teaching to create a learning environment where students learn to discuss and communicate ideas, listen and work with others, and think like scientists. Teachers have the ability to directly influence their students’ aptitude and interest in STEM and STEM careers,” added Brenan.

Over the last nine years, Core Element has trained over 625 teachers from 345 schools and impacted more than 62,650 students.

Find out the full schedule of topics below:

  • June 28 & 29 — Physical Science and Inquiry / LIGO (Grades K-12)
  • July 6 & 7 — LEGO™ EV3 Robotics 2-Day Workshop (Grades 4-8)
  • July 11 & 12 — Modeling Method of Instruction Middle School Workshop (Grades 6-9)
  • July 20 & 21 — Math Strategies for Success (Grades 6-12)
  • July 25 — Earth Science for Elementary Classrooms
  • July 26 — Earth Science for Middle School Classrooms
  • July 27 — Grant Writing for Science and Math

Registration for Summer STEM Institute is available at