K-12 Programs Professional Development
“Your proposal to train our teachers in the use of project-based materials and to provide consultation about learning strands and competencies will benefit our students for a lifetime.” - Lyonel B. Tracy, New Hampshire Education Commissioner
We understand that professional development involves a partnership. We work closely with local or state teacher educators to provide professional development for teachers about engineering and technology.
We adopt a train-the-trainer model, working jointly with teacher educators to help them better understand core engineering and technology concepts, how to most effectively communicate these to other teachers, and how to structure and run workshops about engineering and technology.
We also work with other educational institutions to offer other professional development opportunities:
To address the national shortage of technology educators, "Closing the Technology & Engineering Teaching Gap," a new K-12 initiative, is integrating NCTL materials into the fully accredited online technology education programs of Valley City State University (VCSU), North Dakota. The goal is to improve the technological literacy of K-12 teachers and prepare qualified teachers. The NCTL is making its curriculum materials and training available to VCSU via this innovative online teacher certification program.
The NCTL is also working with three Massachusetts community colleges to help educate future elementary teachers via its three-year Advancing Technological Literacy and Skills Project (ATLAS). It involves the community colleges in developing their understanding of technology/engineering content and teaching tools. Faculty engage in engineering design challenges, connect technology/engineering concepts with science, mathematics, literacy, and other subjects, learn about technical career options, and modify courses to include technology/engineering. The project will also include outreach to four-year colleges and high schools working with the community colleges to ensure continuity and create a cadre of faculty to introduce this model to colleagues across the state.