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STEM Education

STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is dedicated to preparing students for their futures, and a high-quality STEM education will help prepare students for post-secondary science, math, engineering, computer science, and technology opportunities.

Special Announcement

NEW: Regional Professional Learning STEM Workshops I Register here

OSDE is excited to announce free, STEM education-focused professional learning workshops for the 2022-23 school year. These workshops will be held in multiple regions of the state and are designed to support educators and administrators in the areas of science, math, computer science, and STEM programs. Educators will leave with effective instructional strategies and resources aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards, and administrators will leave with a plan for establishing an effective STEM program in their schools. Dates and locations are listed below, or click on one of the marked locations on the map to see the dates and subject area sessions offered. Session descriptions are included on the registration form.

Elementary Computer Science, Math, and Science (9:00 am- 4:00 pm)

Educators will receive professional learning opportunities in each subject area unless otherwise indicated; session descriptions for each elementary subject area session are available on the registration form.

  • Ada: Wednesday, January 25 (Computer Science only)
  • Ada: Thursday, February 2  (Math and Science only)
  • Afton: Tuesday, January 31 (Math and Science only)
  • Duncan: Tuesday, February 7
  • Elk City: Wednesday, February 8
  • Enid: Thursday, February 9
  • Muskogee: Wednesday, February 1 (Math and Science only)
  • Norman: Friday, February 3 (Math and Science only)
  • Oklahoma City: Wednesday, March 1 (Computer Science only)

Secondary Mathematics (9:00 am- 4:00 pm)

In this session, educators will learn how to increase student mathematical discussion, implement high-quality math tasks, use formative assessments to discover student understandings, and leverage strategies to address unfinished learning. Participants will leave with resources aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Mathematics that can be used immediately in their classroom.

  • Ada: Wednesday, January 25
  • Afton: Wednesday, February 1
  • Enid: Wednesday, February 8
  • Oklahoma City: Wednesday, March 1
  • Claremore: Thursday, February 2
  • Duncan: Thursday, January 26
  • Elk City: Tuesday, February 7

Secondary Science (9:00 am- 4:00 pm)

In this session, educators will use a common learning experience to examine how the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OAS-S) can be leveraged to engage students in investigating and explaining the science they see in their world. This includes a deep dive into unpacking the science standards, connecting common educator jargon to classroom practices, and exploring how the resources in the Oklahoma Science Framework, along with high quality instructional materials, can support implementation of the OAS-S.

  • Ada: Thursday, January 26 
  • Afton: Thursday, February 2
  • Claremore: Tuesday, January 31  
  • Duncan: Wednesday, January 25
  • Elk City: Thursday, February 23
  • Enid: Wednesday, February 22
  • Oklahoma City: Tuesday, February 28

Administrator Sessions (9:00 am- 12:00 pm or 1:00-4:00 pm)

In this session, administrators will be introduced to the “refreshed” Programs of Excellence rubrics for Computer Science, Math, and Science. Using these rubrics as a guide, administrators will have a chance to reflect on current STEM subject area programming, offer feedback on the rubrics, and develop a plan for maintaining a high-quality STEM program in their schools and districts. Additional resources to support high-quality STEM programs, including the Oklahoma Math Tutoring Toolkit, will also be discussed.

  • Ada: Wednesday, January 25
  • Afton: Wednesday, February 1
  • Claremore: Thursday, February 2
  • Duncan: Thursday, January 26
  • Elk City: Friday, February 17
  • Enid: Tuesday, February 21
  • Oklahoma City: Wednesday, March 1

Register for all workshops using this form.

Contact Christine Koerner, Executive Director of STEM Education, with any questions at Christine.Koerner@sde.ok.gov.

STEM Subject Area Websites

Having strong STEM subject-area foundations will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be college and career ready.  Linked below are the OSDE Computer Science, Educational Technology, Mathematics, and Science & Engineering websites. These websites each provide standards implementation support including resources, upcoming events, and guidance for STEM education in Oklahoma.

Computer Science

        

Educational Technology

Mathematics

Science and Engineering

 

Resources for Administrators

Below are links to guidance documents and additional resources to support high-quality STEM programs in schools and districts.

Resources for Educators

Below are links to the Oklahoma Academic Standards, strategy briefs, and toolkits to support educators as they provide high-quality subject area foundational education and STEM appreciation/integration experiences for students.

Resources for Families and Communities

Below are links to family guides and other resources to support student learning outside of the school day.

Calendar of Professional Learning Opportunities and Events 

Below are free professional learning opportunities and events for administrators and educators. To see details, click on the event and select "expand record". To search for specific opportunities, click "filter" then "+ add condition" to filter by subject area, applicable grade bands, location, and more. To view all opportunities as a spreadsheet/list, click here.

Contact Information: OSDE STEM Education

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Last updated on January 11, 2023