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Osseo teachers to become STEM-certified educators

St. Kate's Engineering Lead Instructor Yvonne Ng (center) with Osseo Dist. Superintendent Kate Maguire and an Osseo teacher.
St. Kate's Engineering Lead Instructor Yvonne Ng (center) with Osseo Dist. Superintendent Kate Maguire and an Osseo teacher.
Photo by Julie Michener.

Boston Scientific has provided a $200,000 grant to underwrite professional development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for 24 teachers in the Osseo School District this summer.

Under the auspices of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education, St. Kate’s professors from education and STEM departments will team-teach a graduate certificate program in STEM. The custom training program will focus on engineering and STEM integration and will be led by Education Professor Lori Maxfield and Engineering Education Specialist Yvonne Ng.

Boston Scientific has also provided operating support to assist the National Center for STEM Elementary Education achieve its goals to create competent and confident STEM-certified elementary teachers, which research shows is a key component in student learning. 

The National Center for STEM Elementary Education consults and creates custom STEM training programs for in-service teachers at schools and school districts across the country and continues to partner with the U.S. government’s international science and mathematics initiative, the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program. 

STEM at St. Kate's

In addition to the National Center for STEM Elementary Education, St. Kate’s STEM initiatives offer opportunities for students to conduct collaborative research and participate in self-directed learning with accomplished faculty mentors.

Faculty and staff across six academic departments — education, chemistry, biology, mathematics/physics, Montessori and psychology ­— have collaborated to create a team-teaching model of STEM curricula recognized for its innovation by the Minnesota Board of Teaching.

They have created an undergraduate STEM minor (five courses), an undergraduate STEM certificate (three courses) and STEM graduate certificate programs for in-service teachers at traditional and Montessori schools.

Elementary education majors at St. Kate’s now complete the STEM certificate for initial licensure and this credential has drawn new student teaching and career opportunities for St. Kate’s graduates.

May 30, 2012 by Julie Michener

See also: Education, Faculty, STEM