Professional development

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The CSTL provides high quality professional learning for science and STEM educators to promote student learning through collaborative and grant funded projects, workshops, and custom designed sessions to meet specific needs of partners. We support the vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards in all professional development sessions.

Engineering is Elementary Welcomes New Partners

Joelle Clark and Lori Rubino-Hare are professional development providers for Northern Arizona University’s Center for Science Teaching and Learning. They’re also among Engineering is Elementary's first Endorsed Professional Development Partners. 

EiE is setting up hubs across the country to offer instruction in the EiE curriculum. Since becoming EiE PD partners, Joelle and Lori have offered four workshops for 38 Arizona teachers.

“With the advent of the Next Generation Science Standards, we’re customizing our workshops to highlight the S, T, and E in STEM,” says Joelle. “EiE has revolutionized our PD practice.”

Joelle and Lori have also introduced EiE to pre-service students at the university. In the future, they hope to offer more STEM learning opportunities for rural and Native American communities.

Professional learning opportunities

Take a look at our programs and workshops to see how we can help you improve as a teacher.

Grant proposal assistance

We’re grant-writing experts, and we’re here to help you get the funding you need.

Customized professional development opportunities

Your program is unique—so why not have unique professional development opportunities for your teachers?

Evaluation and assessment for your programs

We offer Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program evaluation and assessment—from proposal development to data analysis and reporting—for pre-K-12 and higher education.

The CSTL Library

You can search and request a hold on the CSTL library materials through our online database. If you see something you are interested in, please review our check out policy

Professional development program results

Program satisfaction of teachers surveyed (n=215)

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  • 98 percent reported that the overall quality of the program was high.
  • 97 percent reported that the overall quality of the instructors was high.
  • 99 percent reported that the instructor demonstrated strong content knowledge.
  • 92 percent reported that they would be able to implement strategies learned while teaching science in their classroom.

 Who we serve 

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557 educators have participated in intensive workshops and multi-day institutes since May 2008.82 percent of these educators participated in programs five or more days in length.

77 percent of the participants teach in Title 1 schools. 70 percent of participants teach in rural schools—outside of Maricopa or Pima counties or reservation schools.

170 schools from across Arizona are represented and 10 Arizona counties are represented:

  • Yavapai
  • Maricopa
  • Coconino
  • Navajo
  • Pinal
  • Apache
  • Pima
  • Cochise
  • Gila
  • Yuma


 Not all teacher participants were surveyed.