NAU-Yuma Holds STEM Conference for Teachers Oct. 26

October 21, 2013 10:30 PM

As part of a $2 million grant it received in 2012, Northern Arizona University-Yuma is holding a free STEM Conference for K-12 teachers to assist the college with further integrating math and engineering strategies into its curriculum.

On Oct. 26, the professional development event will allow for teachers to participate in elementary and secondary sessions as well as to earn 4.5 continuing education units for attending. Sessions will focus on the learning of all students with an added focus on English Language Learner (ELL) students.

“The event is open to any teacher, including those from private or charter schools,” said Russell Prust, coordinator of education programs at NAU-Yuma.

Nora Ramirez, founding member and past president of TODOS: Mathematics for ALL; will be the keynote speaker for the event. She recently co-edited and co-authored “Beyond Good Teaching: Advancing Mathematics Education for ELLs.” Ramirez is also the current president of the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

Ramirez will be providing professional development for Yuma Elementary School District 1 teachers, primarily in math subject areas, on Oct. 25.

“One key issue that we are attempting to address is the fact that math teachers have to begin implementing the Common Core State Standards and are very much in need of any training they can get to help them with this,” Prust said.

He said that this is the second year that the university has provided training for teachers through the five-year CREST (Culturally Responsive ESL Special-education Training) grant. He added that last year’s conference focused on science and technology.

Breakout sessions for this year’s event include: Decomposing Numbers: a Common Core State Standards Foundational Concept; The Doorbell Rang: English Language Learner Stratifies for Teaching Division; Hands on Middle School Math with Euler Circuits; Explorations with Pascal’s Triangle; STEM: Seamless Integration; The Marshmallow Challenge: Teamwork and Problem Solving; Teaching Reading, Writing, Math to CLDE Students with STEM Content Infused; and Teaching CLDE Students to Read STEM Content for Information.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the keynote speaker event will begin at 8 a.m. Breakout Sessions will run from 9:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will be held on the NAU Yuma/Arizona Western College campus, 2020 South Avenue 8E.

Teachers can register at or on site the morning of the event.

For more information, contact Judith Ulrich at or at 928-523-5193.

Sarah Womer can be reached at or 539-6858.

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