What is STEM Teach IV?
STEM Teach IV will expand on the achievements and successes of previous iterations of the initiative to focus on four areas.
The primary focus will be on high school teachers needing graduate level courses in STEM disciplines to meet the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requirement for teaching dual-credit courses by 2022.
STEM Teach IV will accelerate the process and provide ample opportunity for these teachers to meet the credentialing requirements.
Additionally, STEM Teach will accept proposals from higher education institutions to offer undergraduate courses in STEM fields and regional STEM workshops for teachers.
What is the goal of STEM Teach IV?
The goal is two-fold. First, to focus primarily on high school teachers needing graduate level courses in STEM disciplines to meet the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requirement for teaching dual-credit courses by 2022.
Second, to provide professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers to boost STEM instruction in Indiana classrooms and add STEM content areas to their existing teacher license.
What is the time-frame for implementation?
STEM Teach IV will run for a minimum of six semesters to include Spring 2020, Summer I 2020, Summer II 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer I 2021, and possibly Summer II 2021 if funding allows.
Courses may be offered in an online, face-to-face or hybrid format. Workshops should be offered on a regional basis in coordination with school district calendars.
How are the grant funds distributed?
STEM Teach IV does not involve sub-grants to institutions. Participating institutions will propose specific amounts and be reimbursed at the end of a course or workshop for tuition, books and materials within STEM Teach guidelines. A breakdown of the financial information is available here.
What is a campus liaison?
A campus liaison is the person at each institution who is responsible for coordinating STEM Teach IV efforts at that campus. This provides STEM Teach with a single point of contact for information and questions. (However, anyone at each institution is welcome to contact STEM Teach staff regarding questions or concerns at any time!)
What is the course proposal process?
Institutions may submit a “Higher Education Proposal to Offer Courses or Workshop” form until October 18, 2019.
Additional proposals may be considered at a later date based on needs of dual credit teachers. Before submitting additional proposals, please contact Trish Wlodarczyk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposal form is available here.
Courses and Workshops FAQs
Can institutions offer existing courses or workshops through STEM Teach IV?
Yes, an institution may offer existing courses or workshops as part of STEM Teach IV. Courses may be offered in face-to-face, hybrid or online formats.
The program prefers that a section of an existing course be offered at a flexible time/location specifically for STEM Teach IV if a face-to-face format is needed. Workshops should be face-to-face regional opportunities.
Can institutions develop new courses and workshops?
Yes, however funds are not available for course or workshop development through STEM Teach IV.
How will courses or workshops be chosen for inclusion in the STEM Teach IV catalog?
STEM Teach IV will review all proposals and create the final course catalog based on alignment with dual credit teachers’ needs and a variety of regional offerings.
STEM Teach IV hopes to include as many ICI member and public institutions as wish to participate that will help high school teachers earn dual credit credentials and boost STEM instruction in the Indiana classroom.
When can courses be offered?
Courses and workshops will be offered beginning in Spring 2020. Non-traditional scheduling will be considered.