June 6, 2019: 3-4 pm EST Register
Across the United States, many schools face the same problem, year after year: finding math and science teachers. One of the solutions to this problem is to train more teachers. The other solution is to retain educators that are already in the system.
Could connecting these educators to mentors ensure they stay in the profession?
To help increase teacher retention rates, the I-STEM Resource Network created a network of STEM mentor teachers in 11 Indiana school districts. Throughout 2018 in partnership with other states and 100Kin10, they worked to create a STEM Mentoring Framework. That framework provides a clear guide to others looking to build mentor teacher programs.
Dr. Jenny Hicks and Dr. Jeff Thomas will join us on June 6 at 3 p.m. EST to present about Indiana’s program, STEM Teacher Retention Through Mentoring. They’ll also answer your questions about what the framework does or doesn’t detail. And how you can learn from them about building these programs in your state.
Dr. Jenny Hicks is the Director of K-12 STEM Engagement at Purdue University. Previously, she was the K-12 Science Program Manager for the Indiana STEM Resource Network. Her career in education began 18 years ago as a Science Instructor and youth science director. She has worked as a professor, curriculum specialist, and researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in Visual Sciences from Indiana University.
Dr. Jeff Thomas is a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Southern Indiana where he works with emerging teachers to integrate science, children’s literature, and technology. His career in education began 25 years ago as a 6th grade teacher. He holds a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.