Middle TN STEM Innovative Educator Workshops

Innovative Educator Workshops provide teachers with the resources and skills they need to expand STEM learning both inside and outside of the classroom. These professional development opportunities are offered by each Hub to assist in expanding high-quality STEM teaching and learning throughout the state.

If you have any questions regarding upcoming workshops, please contact Mandy Singleton, Operations and Outreach Coordinator, at midtnstem@mtsu.edu.

2020 Workshops

Returning to School After COVID-19: Using SEL & Trauma Informed Practices to Re-engage Students in STEM Learning 


June 9 & 11, 2020 (2-part workshop) via Zoom

Description: When students return to school buildings, teachers and school leaders will face a daunting task: pulling their communities back together while helping students get back on track. This 2-part workshop will utilize SEL and trauma informed best practices for re-engaging students into this new education landscape, with a particular focus on STEM learning and teachers. In Session 1, teachers will learn key points they need to understand around stress, trauma and their effects as they navigate this transition. In Session 2, participants will work through case studies and learn practical ways of how to embed these strategies into STEM content.      

Participants who complete the workshop can receive 2 hours of TN PD credits or $75 stipend for K-12 STEM teachers working in TN.

Workshop Facilitators:  Dr. Nicole Cobb, Vanderbilt University and Ms. Deborah Osborne, Metro-Nashville Public Schools   

Dates: Participants choose one time for each session (doesn’t have to be the same time for each)    

Session 1:  Tuesday, June 9- 9-10:30am (CST) or 1-2:30pm (CST)    
Session 2:  Thursday, June 11- 9-10:30am (CST) or 1-2:30pm (CST)  

Register: Registration is closed. 

Deadline: Thursday, June 4, 2020

Flyer for Returning to School After COVID-19

trauma workshop flier


Valuing and Leveraging Emerging Bilingual Students’ Ways of Communicating About the Natural World

June 16, 2020 via Zoom

Description: How should we support emergent bilingual learners to discuss their observations of and reasoning about the natural world? Policies, research, and common pedagogical practices tell us that English fluency is a prerequisite for participating in and learning science. In this workshop we will use the construct of translanguaging to explore how emergent bilingual learners problematize physical phenomena through using a great range of communicative practices and interrogate the assumption that English proficiency is a prerequisite for learning STEM.   

Participants who complete the workshop can receive 2 hours of TN PD credits or $50 stipend for K-12 STEM teachers working in TN. 

Workshop Facilitator: Dr. Enrique (Henry) Suárez, UMass Amherst        

Date: Participants choose one time to attend on June 16, either 9:30-11:00AM or 2:00-3:30PM   

Register: https://airtable.com/shregapbWQOCT8f30   

Deadline: Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Flyer for Valuing and Leveraging Emerging Bilingual Students'

Bilingual Workshop Flier 


Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub

820 Fairview Ave, Suite 102
MTSU PO Box 82
Murfreesboro, TN 37132