Core Element’s annual Summer STEM Institute is a series of  professional development workshops for math and science teachers. Choose from a variety of topics, earn contact hours, and learn strategies and methodologies that can improve and motivate STEM learning in your classroom.

Core Element Summer STEM Institute workshops are FREE to teachers in the Greater New Orleans region. A $25 refundable fee is required at registration, however the fee is refunded at the completion of each workshop. Teachers from schools outside the region may attend for a nominal charge.

All sessions are held from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the UNO Oliver St. Pe’ TRAC Center.  To learn more about Core Element’s Summer STEM Institute, call 504-280-5715 or contact Tracey Zelden at tracey.zelden@core4kids.org.

Register today!

June 11, 2019

Google It!  |  Instructor: Paula Naugle | Contact Hours: 6

Learn how to set up and implement Google Classroom! Uncover ways to manage your classroom more efficiently using a variety of Google tools that integrate with classroom teaching strategies and currently used programs.

Register here.

June 12, 2019

Get it Right – Grant Writing to Support Classroom Instruction  |  Instructor: Shannon Lafont, Ph.D. | Contact Hours: 6

Learn where to find, and how to write grants to support classroom instruction.  Bring your ideas for programs or materials for which you might seek funding and jump-start the grant writing process.  Participating teachers will write a Quality Science and Mathematics (QSM) grant from start to finish.

Register here.

June 18 & 19, 2019

Math Teaching Tools That Add Up to Student Success – Eureka Math for Grades 3-5  |  Instructor:  Stephanie Schmidt | Contact Hours: 12

Eureka Math is a tier 1 math program for grades K – 8 and approved by the Louisiana Department of Education. Review instructional strategies used in Eureka modules and teaching tools to help you integrate Eureka into classroom lessons in this two-day workshop. Participants will share best practices and resources currently being effectively used in their instruction.

Register here.

June 25 & 26, 2019

Mindstorm Robotics!  Learn LEGO EV3 for Teachers in Grades 5 – 8  |  Instructors: Annette Oertling, Ph.D. and Michelle Sanchez, Ph.D. | Contact Hours: 12

Join Core Element for a two-day workshop and introduction LEGO EV3 Mindstorm Robotics. Learn how to build and program an EV3 robot and discover how to establish a robotics program at your school.  This workshop is intended for educators who teach grades 5 – 8.

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June 27 & 28, 2019

Inquiring Minds Want to Go — LIGO Workshop for 5th – 8th Grade Science Educators | Instructors: Tien Huynh-Hinh and Kathy Holt | Contact Hours: 12

Join the LIGO (The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Science Education Center for a two-day workshop focused on inquiry, motion and energy using physical science interactives. You’ll learn about motion and energy from LIGO-Science Education Center staff — former teachers who have been trained by the San Francisco Exploratorium on inquiry methods and science education.

On day two of the workshop, attend a special guided field trip to the LIGO Science Education Center in Livingston – an experience not to be missed!

Completion of this workshop will qualify you for priority booking for your class for an extraordinary hands-on science field trip experience at the LIGO Science Education Center in Livingston, LA and financial support for bus transportation for your students. LIGO’s interactive displays are wonderfully designed to teach and motivate students!

Plus, teachers will receive a $200 stipend for successful completion of the workshop thanks to LIGO.  Note: teachers must attend both workshop days to receive the stipend.  A limited number of seats are a available.

Register here.

July 8 & 9, 2019

Elementary STEM Exploration – Integrating Hands-on STEM in Elementary Curriculum Instructors: Heidi Alexander and Amanda Brady | Contact Hours: 12

Discover ways to implement hands-on STEM activities into your elementary classroom curriculum. This two-day workshop will introduce strategies for incorporating basic robotics, engineering, coding, and literacy, too! Gain a variety of STEM teaching resources to implement into every subject!

Register here.

July 11, 2019

LEAP 2025 Science Assessment for Grades 3 – 5 | Instructor: To Be Announced | Contact Hours 6

Explore assessment strategies based on the LEAP 2025 Science Assessment in this is one-day workshop for 3rd through 8th-grade teachers.

Register here.

July 17 & 18, 2019

Engineer a Better World — Engineering is Everywhere for Grades 6-8  |  Instructor: To Be Announced | Contact Hours: 12

Explore Louisiana’s Student Standards for Science in grades 6 – 8, environmental-based instruction, and ways to integrate science and engineering practices using the Engineering is Elementary program in this two-day workshop.

Educators who successfully complete the workshop receive a $200 stipend thanks to the Joe. W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation and an Engineering is Everywhere kit complete with strategies to implement environmental-based instruction in the classroom. A limited number of seats are available.

Register here.

July 23, 2019

High School Biology  |  Instructor: To Be Announced | Contact Hours: 6

Calling high school biology teachers!  Explore high school biology teaching strategies that align with the new Louisiana Student Standards for Science. Delve into curricula and assessment techniques.

Register here.

July 24 & 25, 2019

Discover Your Inner Engineer — Engineering is Elementary for Grades 3 – 5  |  Instructor: To Be Announced | Contact Hours: 12

Explore Louisiana’s Student Standards for Science in grades 3 – 5, environmental-based instruction, and ways to integrate science and engineering practices using the Engineering is Elementary program in this two-day workshop.

Educators who successfully complete the workshop receive a $200 stipend thanks to the Joe. W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation and an Engineering is Everywhere kit complete with strategies to implement environmental-based instruction in the classroom. A limited number of seats are available.

Register here.

Connect With Us

Promoting Quality Teaching

University of New Orleans
UNO TRAC Center, Suite 227
University of New Orleans Lakefront
New Orleans, LA 70122
504-280-5710

Jan Brenan
Executive Director
Jan.brenan@core4kids.org
504-280-5710

Tracey Zelden, M.S., Ed.S.
Director of Education
Tracey.Zelden@core4kids.org
504-280-5715

Michelle Mangum
Administrative Assistant
Michelle.Mangum@core4kids.org
504-280-5715

MAILING ADDRESS
Greater New Orleans STEM Initiative
dba Core Element
P O Box 6123
Metairie, LA 70009