Empowering Educators

Top Takeaways

  • Led workshops for teachers and after school educators about engineering education, helping them feel more confident
  • Honed my abilities in facilitating workshops, running expo booths, writing, and research

Background

As outreach coordinator for the Through My Window (TMW) engineering curriculum, part of my job was to empower elementary and middle school educators to feel confident about teaching engineering in general, and particularly using our curriculum. I ran teacher workshops, provided personalized ongoing educator support, helped maintain an educator website, presented and exhibited at conferences, and wrote articles for research and practitioner publications.

Results

Through focus groups and surveys, we learned that our workshops and other resources made teachers feel more prepared and even excited about teaching engineering. For me, the best part of this work was seeing educators transform into enthusiastic advocates for engineering education.

Personal Insights

I honed a number of skills through this work, including how to create engaging workshops; support diverse educators via email, written teacher guides, and websites; plan events; run trade show booths; and present at both academic and practitioner conferences. Maybe most importantly, I learned how much I love collaborating with and serving teachers. They regularly left me in awe of their dedication, adaptive expertise, and innovative ideas.

Examples of Work

Trainings

To see 2017 training slides from an educator workshop, co-created by Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh and me, click here. To see a training-related “primer” for educators I wrote about Artificial Intelligence, click here.

Web

I helped reorganize content on the Through My Window educator site, teamthroughmywindow.org. I created curriculum sites to organize files and information, talktomecurriculum.wordpress.com and timetiltercurriculum.wordpress.com.

Publications

I co-authored papers, articles, and blogs about Through My Window for educator and research audiences:

Presentations and Exhibits

  • Society of Women Engineers’ Annual Conference
  • Massachusetts STEM Summit
  • Nerdcon: Nerdfighteria and Nerdcon: Stories (run by “Vlog Brothers” John and Hank Green)
  • International Technology & Engineering Education Association Conference
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers Summer Institute
  • National Science Teachers’ Association regional & national conferences
  • Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers Annual Conference
  • New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Connecticut Afterschool Network Conferences/Training Days
  • USA Science and Engineering Festival