STEM-focused teacher conference set for Feb. 2

Contributed by Chase Fordtran

More than 150 area K-12 science educators will attend the largest STEM-focused teacher-led conference in San Antonio on Feb. 2 at UT Health San Antonio.

The 9th Annual Teacher Enrichment Leadership Academy conference will provide workshops by fellow teachers, leaders from the local science community and UT Health San Antonio’s own researchers, all focused on science, technology, engineering and math education that supports teachers and ultimately San Antonio’s future STEM workforce. The keynote address will be provided by NASA STEM education specialist, Steven C. Smith, MIPM.

The conference’s parent organization, Teacher Enrichment Initiatives (TEI), strives to share current science research and up-to-date teaching practices with area teachers in a way that is directly translatable to the classroom.

UT Health San Antonio’s Teresa Evans, Ph.D., director of TEI and the conference, said that “teachers are on the front lines” of growing the STEM workforce in South Texas.

“Through programs such as this, our San Antonio science education and research communities can come together to equip teachers with the knowledge and connections needed to engage San Antonio’s youth in discussions that will promote the growth of our city’s STEM workforce,” she said.

TEI has been partnering with UT Health San Antonio researchers and health professionals to support area K-12 teachers since 2003. Through this partnership, teachers collaborate with scientists and health professionals to develop free, downloadable health-focused multidisciplinary science curriculum.

For more information, contact Chase Fordtran at 210-567-2256.

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