The faculty of Technology and STEM Education attended the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) conference on March 23-26 in Minneapolis, MN. This annual conference brings together professionals from across the United States, Canada and numerous other countries for professional development, research presentations and educational tours.
Research and curriculum initiatives by the Technology and STEM Education faculty were presented to address the conference them of "Preparing the STEM Workforce." Presentations delivered by VCSU faculty included:
- "Best Practices for Online Delivery of Technology Education Coursework" – James Boe
- "ITEEA Teacher Excellence Awards" – James Boe and Peder Gjovik
- "Great Plains STEM Education Center: Opportunities for Elementary Teachers" – Roger Skophammer
- "Online STEM Certificates and Endorsements" – Don Fischer and Peder Gjovik
- "Comprehensive STEM Education Demonstration Unit" – Don Mugan, Don Fischer, and Peder Gjovik
Don Fischer, Lana Fornes and Peder Gjovik participated in several preconference workshops to learn more about the Engineering by Design curricula and ways to enhance STEM methodology in the Teacher Education programs at VCSU. Lana Fornes also attended conference sessions addressing additional teaching methodologies and curriculum content, which provided useful background information for future curriculum development. A VCSU booth was manned in the Exhibitors' area, which provided opportunities for faculty members to promote VCSU programs, our Masters degree, and the recently approved STEM Education graduate certificate and licensure endorsement.
We are also proud to announce that a faculty member and two VCSU graduates were presented with some of the most prestigious awards through the ITEEA. VCSU Instructor James Boe (pictured) was presented with the Distinguished Technology Educator Award. This is one of ITEEA's highest honors and consideration for the award is based upon documented evidence of leadership/management skills, continuing participation in association education programs, and demonstrated leadership in association, community, and personal activities.
Annette Beattie, a 2008 Masters graduate received the Program Excellence Award in recognition for her contributions to the profession and the outstanding programs at North Central and Wimbledon Courtenay Schools. Annette's program was one of just 21 other programs recognized from across the United States.
Bruce Hase, a 2001 graduate, received the Teacher Excellence award in recognition for providing technology and engineering education instruction of high quality, learner centered and relevant to a study of technological literacy. Bruce teaches at Linton Public Schools and was one of 36 teachers recognized for teaching excellence at the conference.