Expressions of Interest from educators are now open

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The Science Teachers Association of Victoria (STAV), with the support of the Toyota Community Foundation Australia, is proud to offer the Excellence in STEM Teaching Communities of Practice Project. Expressions of Interest from educators are now open.

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The Project will use an innovative, blended learning model to build excellence in STEM teaching practice through long-lasting and effective communities of practice that support, sustain and expand their impact over time to promote deep and sustained understandings of STEM pedagogies. Both school leaders and classroom teachers are invited to apply; this is to ensure that changes necessary to support effective STEM teaching are strategically implemented and resourced.

The program is designed for teachers of year levels five to ten. Interested schools are required to nominate exactly two participants, one of whom should be in a leadership capacity.

Those in Toyota’s target municipalities (Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham) will receive CRT funding should their application be successful. This funding will apply to two participants to attend a full-day professional learning session in August at STAV House in Coburg. In addition, participants will have access to two 30 minute coaching sessions; a series of self-paced online modules; and a project showcase where participants will present and share their learnings from the program.

The program will be presented by Dr Robert Sbaglia, a former Victorian Education Excellence Award winner, STEM specialist teacher for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and current lecturer at the University of Melbourne.

Participants in the program will be expected to commit to: one full-day professional learning (CRT funding provided by the program), to be held on either Monday, August 23 or Tuesday, August 24 from 9am until 3.30pm; the completion of four one-hour online modules; two thirty minute coaching sessions conducted via videoconference; a willingness and capacity to implement a STEM unit with students some time between the full day professional learning and the project showcase at the end of the year;  and a willingness to share their learning, through the project showcase and either the submission to STAV’s journals (LabTalk & Let’s Find Out) and/or presentation at a STAV conference. There should also be a commitment to sharing the learning with other teachers at the school (additional online modules will be provided to assist this), as well as a commitment to making STEM a regular part of classroom learning for all students.

Expressions of Interest in the program can be made by filling in the following form (see button below) and can be made until the close of business on Tuesday, July 13, with successful applicants advised shortly after. There will not be any registration fees attached to this program. Please forward any questions to Collette Whittaker (STAV Administration Officer)