Microteaching

Specialize with our Certificate in Information, Technology, and Scientific Literacy

Earn a prestigious certificate as part of your degree program or continuing education. Be a leader with teaching expertise that includes National Science Foundation recognized STEM fields and the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, standards for best information and technology practices. Learn techniques for collaboration as instructional partners between Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers and professional librarians. Enable students in your school to have a combination of academic skills and interpersonal skills such as persistence, teamwork, communication, citizenship, and work ethic.

Obtain your certificate in 12 credit hours with extraordinary benefits:

  • Some scholarships are available.
  • Flexible program allows you to take courses online with two face-to-face Saturday sessions each semester on our Emporia State campus.
  • You may take one course each semester/summer for 4 consecutive semesters.
  • First course begins summer 2017. ESU summer 2017 enrollment opens March 6.

Is this a teacher licensure certificate?

No. This is not a state teacher licensure content area endorsement. When all four course are successfully completed, the designation “Information, Technology, and Scientific Literacy Certificate” will appear on the ESU transcript.

Who should apply?

K-12 preservice and inservice teachers of sciences or mathematics, and preservice and inservice school librarians preparing to teach in classrooms or libraries. Other teachers and librarians are also eligible.

How do I sign up?

To request permission to enroll in STEM-ALL 791 course offered in summer 2017, submit your information using STEM-ALL Applicant Information Form. Please contact Brady Lund for more information about enrolling, blund2@emporia.edu. You may also send questions to STEM-ALL@emporia.edu.

Who will participate?

Participants will be selected on the basis of high quality impact statements (provided on the STEM-ALL Applicant Information Form). Applications will be accepted until all participants are selected. Enrollment in courses is with permission only.

Have questions?

Write to STEM-All@emporia.edu for additional information.

What can the information, technology, and scientific literate educator offer?

Information, technology, and scientific (ITS) literate educators are easily recognized by inquiry-based teaching techniques; access to resources; and leadership roles in school-wide curriculum planning. ITS educators are distinguished by their students who exercise intellectual curiosity, increase their interests in content areas, and are prepared to persist in STEM-related 21st century jobs and careers.

ITS educator have knowledge, skills, and attitudes to incorporate various technologies into the school’s curriculum and to teach students to access, retrieve, evaluate, and use information ethically in multiple formats to:

1) identify questions and problems in actual life situations;

2) explain the natural and engineered world;

3) draw evidence-based conclusions about STEM-related issues; and,

4) communicate evidence-based findings in multiple formats.

The ITS literate educator uses interdisciplinary knowledge and a dynamic, collaborative instructional style to work and learn in authentic scenarios that children and youth encounter. The ITS literate educator builds on knowledge of terms, processes, and/or equations to apply scientific principles to ask new questions and advance new ideas. The ITS literate educator provides leadership in school buildings, school districts, and in their state by developing coherent strategies for teaching information, technology, and scientific literacy. The goal is to provide a motivating learning environment to prepare students to pursue studies and investigate problems that will propel them toward jobs and careers in information, technology, and other STEM fields.

How will your ITS specialization benefit 4-12 grade level students?

We recognize that today it takes excellent teaching for children and youth to truly learn and achieve. With instruction by specialized ITS educators, content area teachers working in tandem with professional librarians, the students in your schools will have more opportunities to get excited about their own interests. Students will identify topics and develop their own content area expertise. With assistance to articulate problems of high interest and relevance for quality life in local communities, around the region, and the world, students in your schools will become engaged in authentic problem solving. Through your leadership, your school will design new spaces in libraries for individual projects and science fair competitions. Students in your schools will develop skills for communicating information, evidence, and ideas in multiple formats.

Course of Study

What is the Information, Technology, and Scientific Literacy Certificate?

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers and school librarians study techniques for collaboration as instructional partners in teaching scientific principles, methods used in STEM, designing and conducting studies and projects, and communicating evidence in multiple formats. Emphasis is on teaching 4-12 grade level students information and technology literacy skills critical to building knowledge and practice in National Science Foundation recognized STEM fields; equitable physical and intellectual access to resources and tools required for learning; and, active, inquiry-based learning environments.    

This certificate requires four, 3-credit hour courses:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Classrooms and Competitions: Asking Questions, and Defining Problems
  • Key Literacy Connections in STEM Subjects: Conducting Investigations, Analyzing, and Interpreting Data
  • Advancing and Defending New Ideas: Engaging an Argument from Evidence
  • STEM Skills for a Deep Technical Workforce: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Course Descriptions

Course Schedule

 

Cohort A

13 - STEM/Elementary Teachers

12 - Librarians

Four Required Courses

(#1-#4)

Cohort B

12 - STEM/Elementary Teachers

13 - Librarians

Four Required Courses

(#1-#4)

Spring 2016

#1 Cohort A

LI791/PS591/PS791 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Classrooms and Competitions: Asking Questions and Defining Problems (Thompson)

Summer 2016

 

#2 Cohort A

LI792/PS592/PS792 Key Literacy Connections in STEM Subjects: Conducting Investigations, Analyzing, and Interpreting Data (Dow)

#1 Cohort B

LI791/PS591/PS791 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Classrooms and Competitions: Asking Questions and Defining Problems (Thompson)

Fall 2016

#3 Cohort A

LI793/PS593/PS793 Advancing and Defending New Ideas: Engaging an Argument from Evidence (Thompson)

#2 Cohort B

LI792/PS592/PS792 Key Literacy Connections in STEM Subjects: Conducting Investigations, Analyzing, and Interpreting Data (Dow)

Spring 2017

#4 Cohort A

LI794/PS594/PS794 Skills for a Deep Technical Workforce: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information (Dow)

#3 Cohort B

LI793/PS593/PS793 Advancing and Defending New Ideas: Engaging an Argument from Evidence (Thompson)

 Summer 2017

#1 Cohort C

LI791/PS591/PS791 Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Classrooms and Competitions: Asking Questions and Defining Problems (Thompson & Dow)

Enrollment in courses is with permission only.

#4 Cohort B

LI794/PS594/PS794 Skills for a Deep Technical Workforce: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information (Dow)

 

Fall 2017

#2 Cohort C LI792/PS592/PS792 Key Literacy Connections in STEM Subjects: Conducting Investigations, Analyzing, and Interpreting Data (Thompson & Dow)

TBA

Spring 2018

TBA

TBA

June 3, 2016 Kansas Education Strategies Conference

Kansas Education Strategies Conference Presentation

Kansas Education Strategies Conference Handout

October 19, 2016 KLA and KASL Conference

Improving Learning for Early Career Scientists and Engineers Presentation

Asking Questions and Defining Problems Handout

October 27, 2016 National Co-Teaching Conference

Asking Questions and Defining Problems Handout

An In-progress Co-Teaching Project: Developing Information Technology and Scientific Literacy Presentation

January 12, 2017 Association For Science Teachers Education Conference

Co-teaching in PHysical Sciences at the University Level, Thompson and Dow

Project Team

Brady Lund, Graduate Assistant, School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS USA blund2@emporia.edu

Mirah J. Dow, Project Director and Principal Investigator, Professor of Library and Information Science and Director of the Doctoral Program, School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS USA at mdow@emporia.edu

Kenneth W. Thompson, Project Co-Director and Co-Principal Investigator, Professor of Physical Sciences, Department of Physical Sciences, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS USA kthompso@emporia.edu.

Marcia A. Mardis, STEM-ALL Program Consultant, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Research and Education at the College of Communication & Information, serves as Associate Director of the Information Use Management and Policy Institute, Florida State University, iSchool, Tallahassee, FL.

 

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This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.