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Support for Educators in the Field

UNCW Hosts PBL Workshop for Teachers

Thursday, September 02, 2021

The North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) partnered with the Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching and Learning (CERTL) at the Wake Forest School of Medicine to provide two 3-day workshops this summer. Both workshops were designed to provide K-12 teachers with inquiry-based lessons in Problem-Based Learning that integrate science, math, language arts and other areas of the curriculum.

STEM SENC and the UNCW Watson College of Education’s Center for Education in STEM (CESTEM) and STEM Learning Cooperative provided support for the workshop held at UNCW on June 21-23.

Twenty-four teachers participated in the PBL event at UNCW. Manley Midgett, past-president of the North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) was lead instructor for the workshop. 

CESTEM Program Associate Michelle Hafey, who is a member of the 2020-2022 cohort of the NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program, extended her professional learning and leadership capabilities by completing a Problem Based Learning (PBL) training led by Dr. Stan Hill. Dr. Hill directs The Center for Excellence for Research, Teaching and Learning (CERTL), at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Completion of this training allowed Hafey to facilitate the afternoon Problem-Based Learning activities with teachers at the UNCW workshop.

“The NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program has opened doors to amazing learning and networking opportunities with science educators across the state,” Hafey said. “The PBL training provided by Dr. Stan Hill was beneficial, and I enjoyed having an opportunity to facilitate a session with other science professionals during the PBL workshop at UNCW.”

For more information on professional development opportunities for P-12 teachers, visit the CESTEM website, the STEM LC website or the STEM SENC website.