Aggie STEM has received the 2016 TxDLA Award for Outstanding Commitment to Excellence and Innovation by a 4-Year Higher Education Institution.
This award was based on the team’s innovation in providing both synchronous and asynchronous online STEM professional development for teachers. This includes access for teachers in locations across Texas to view experienced instructors working with secondary students to facilitate STEM project-based learning at Texas A&M University. These opportunities for teachers complement Aggie STEM’s work in face-to-face venues on the university campus and on individual K-12 campuses. Over the last 3 years, they provided synchronous online PD with VOIP through Blackboard Collaborate for 75+ teachers across Texas in locations as far north as Lewisville, east to Texarkana, Brookeland, and Orange, southward to Houston, Corpus Christi, Kingsville, and Raymondville, west to San Antonio, northward to Marble Falls, West, and Duncanville. Besides contracts with school districts, they provided distance learning PD through grant programs from TEA and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Their asynchronous online PD series served over 75 additional teachers in the past year.
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