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Virginia Institute for Integrative STEM-H Education (VIISHE)

July 20 – August 1, 2014

With support from the Tobacco Indemnification Commission, the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) with regional and state partners will be delivering a 2-week residential, STEM-H focused, immersive professional development institute for interdisciplinary middle school teams. The Virginia Institute for Integrative STEM-H Education (VIISHE) will provide:

  • examples of authentic STEM-H learning and teaching practices;
  • access to local, regional, and state resources; and,
  • educational strategies and materials to go back to the classroom to excite more students to become “STEM-H ready” for future education and careers.

Twenty-five teachers will participate in this innovative professional learning community to explore the interdisciplinary nature of STEM-H education emphasizing creativity and critical thinking while employing project-based learning. Teachers will increase their science, technology, math, engineering, and healthcare literacy while enhancing their credentials and create STEM-H curricula that will be available on the VIISHE website.

VIISHE presenters will share their STEM-H expertise, spark interdisciplinary curricular connections, and explore STEM-H resources.  With VMNH and a range of presenters from other museums, institutions of higher learning, governmental agencies, and STEM-H businesses, VIISHE will combine real-world applications and resources for a full scope of teaching skills to implement or enhance existing STEM-H education programs.

School divisions may award recertification points and participants may be able to earn three hours of graduate credit through Longwood University (paid for by participant). Registration fee is $100 which includes expenses such as breakfast, lunch, materials, and lodging (optional). Home base for the institute will be the VMNH and participants can stay at a nearby Martinsville hotel. Registration deadline is April 25 and space is limited. Priority will be based on several criteria: schools identified as accredited with warning in science or mathematics; in the Tobacco Indemnification region (Southern and Southwestern Virginia, see: http://www.tic.virginia.gov/tobmapupdated.shtml); and, interdisciplinary teams.To register or for more information, download an application or contact Debbi Bryant, 276-634-4185, discover@vmnh.virginia.gov.

Dennis A. Casey, Ph.D.

VIISHE Director
Director of Education and Public Programs
Virginia Museum of Natural History

Click here to download the 2014 Virginia Institute for Integrative STEM-H Education (VIISHE) Team Application