The objective is to provide visionary leadership to the education community by: (a) identifying and analyzing the needs and opportunities for future STEM curriculum development; and, (b) recommending policy positions and actions by funding agencies and STEM educators regarding the development and implementation of STEM school curriculum. Specific questions to be addressed include:
The vehicle for accumulating, discussing and articulating future technology-intensive STEM curriculum needs and opportunities is a series of workshops. Initially, a small visionary group will produce a framework for the future. Subsequently, a larger and broader group of education and curriculum developers will consider the vision and opportunities for implementation. The result of this work will be a collection of information, ideas, and recommendations organized for practitioners (teachers and administrators), curriculum developers and researchers.
First Workshop: December 1-3, 2009, Lansdowne, Virginia
The first workshop in the series solicited perspectives from key progressive thinkers in STEM education and instructional technology regarding the following questions:
Second Workshop: May 17-18, 2010, Lansdowne Virginia
Focus: Articulating a Research and Development Agenda for Learning Designers
Building upon the visions for future STEM educational environments described in the 1st Workshop, participants will identify high priority work (research and development) that is needed to capitalize on technological advances and produce/deliver/use the next generation of curriculum and instructional tools and environments for advancing STEM learning in formal (school) and informal (museums, community centers, etc.) settings (and across settings). The goal will be to produce a research and development agenda related to STEM curriculum (instructional tools, materials, platforms, systems). That is, what are the high priority areas for R & D? What are critical questions that need to be addressed?