STEM School Planning Retreat


Want to become a K-12 STEM school or program? The Friday Institute’s STEM School Planning Retreat will provide an overview of best-in-class approaches to implement STEM in K-12 schools, as well as individualized strategic planning support for teams of educators. This one-day retreat will offer intensive guidance for school- and district-level leadership to enable the design of STEM approaches grounded in local needs, interests of students and academic content standards.

Participants will walk away with a draft plan for next steps in their design, development, implementation and sustainability aspects of STEM. Teams that participate in a STEM Planning Retreat will also be offered the option to continue consultation and support through the Friday Institute for their design, development, implementation and sustainability of the STEM school.

The lead facilitator for this work is Dr. Carla C. Johnson, executive director of the Friday Institute and associate dean in the NC State College of Education. She is a nationally recognized scholar in the area of STEM program implementation, including strategic planning, STEM pedagogy, curriculum development and partner engagement and has led state-wide evaluations of STEM in Tennessee and Indiana. The co-facilitator is Dr. Angie Mullennix, research scholar at the Friday Institute. She is an experienced educator specializing in STEM, project- and problem- based learning, and blended learning. Her expertise involves work with a variety of school districts–urban, suburban and rural, as well as high-wealth and low-wealth.

The Friday Institute STEM School Planning Retreat will be limited to a maximum of 10 teams (typically principal/teachers from a school, but district teams are welcome) for each STEM School Planning Retreat date, to ensure the individualized support and attention to the initial steps of planning that will take place during the retreat. 

The registration fee for the event is $2,500 per team of up to 4 individuals from the same school and/or district. Payment is required prior to the day of the training if possible and can be made by check or credit card. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

The retreat will begin at 10 a.m. EST and end promptly at 2:30 p.m. EST to make travel possible for arrival the morning of the retreat and departure that same evening easier. 

For more information, contact Dr. Johnson at carlacjohnson@ncsu.edu or 919-513-8520. 

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