Theme of the month

Theme of the Month

Join us each month as we focus on a topic of interest to STEM Teacher Leaders with a webinar panel, open discussion, resources and blog post. 

January 2023

Teacher Leaders Improving STEM Teaching and Learning


Our Final theme will be moderated by Joni Falk. As part of this theme, we will be hosting two webinars this month, each with two teacher leaders as panelists. All four of these panelists were presenters in the recent STEM Teacher Leadership Video Showcase. We look forward to your participation in the webinars and ask that you take the time to watch the related videos that accompany each webinar.

Targeted Innovations: Promoting Engagement & Success in STEM
Recorded: January 10th at 7pm EST
Moderator: Joni Falk
Panelists: Jerod Morehouse & Jose Rivas


Reflective Teaching: Engaging Students in STEM

Recorded: January 17th at 7pm EST
Moderator: Joni Falk
Panelists: Gloria Kreischer Gajewicz & Kirstin Milks


Intro Blog

Joni Falk
STEMTLnet Principal Investigator, Joni Falk, introduces our final theme which will take a look at teacher leadership from two different angles.


Join this facilitated conversation to discuss different ways Teacher Leaders are improving STEM Teaching and Learning! We invite you to share your stories!

Webinar Panels

Theme Videos

Jose Rivas and a group of teacher leaders at his school created a literacy framework to support a more focused approach to literacy and reading instruction using researched based strategies that are aligned with ELD standards, NGSS and the California EL Roadmap. The key is developing teacher ownership/leadership for implementing the framework and developing rich lessons that support all students to learn and love science and engineering.
Jerod Morehouse and a team of teachers at Timberline High School, in Boise, ID share their motivation for and results of using student self-assessment in their classes. This shift from a teacher telling students what they know and what they don't know to students determining what their level of understanding is has had a huge impact on student agency and efficacy.
In this video, Kirstin Milks reflects on her teaching practice. "When I started teaching high school science, I thought I knew best how my classroom could tackle the politicization of climate change — but it turned out my students were the ones who educated me!"
In this video, Gloria Kreischer Gajewicz reflects on her teaching practice. "By utilizing Modeling Instruction methodology, I have transformed my science classroom to be more inclusive, more inquiry-based and more robust."