STEM Teachers

2020-2021 Schedule and Topics

Headways for STEM Teachers will be facilitated by Beth Alexander, Curriculum Leader and STEM Teacher at The Linden School. All meetings will occur from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Please note that NCGS is mindful of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will ensure that discussion topics are timely and relevant.

Headways for STEM Teachers is open to teachers/faculty members in the disciplines of Coding/Robotics, Engineering, Mathematics, Research, Science, Technology, etc.

October 14, 2020: The Importance of Inquiry in STEM

Topics to consider: Different types of inquiry, making room for inquiry in content heavy courses, student agency in inquiry, teacher role in inquiry, design thinking, scientific method, QUEST, project based learning (PBL), phenomenon based learning, (PhBL), authentic performance tasks linked to real issues, importance of student agency, inquiry-based careers in STEM

November 11, 2020: Mindsets in STEM

Topics to consider: Attitudes, behaviors and skills that need to be nurtured for successful STEM projects (patience, resiliency, problem solving, critical thinking, innovator’s mindset, maker’s mindset, entrepreneurial mindset, broadening reflexivity to change mindsets); importance of student reflection on problems, challenges, roadblocks, successes, surprises; developing mindsets through iterative nature; journaling and drawing in STEM.

January 13, 2021: Purposeful Making across STEM Classes

Topics to consider: Usefulness of tools (cutters, 3D printers, carpentry tools), need and use of shared spaces within schools that act as a maker lab, gallery walk of what people are doing within the NCGS community (show and tell or idea exchange)

February 10, 2021: Partnerships within the Community to Foster STEM

Topics to consider: Mentoring possibilities (Technovation, Girls Who Code), program enrichment (space constraints and curriculum), what to look for in a partnership.

April 14, 2021: Maintaining Interest in STEM Areas of Study during School and Beyond

Topics to consider: Enrichment programs, the impact of early coding and robotics for girls, incorporation of Hard Fun, does early intervention and support translate to more girls in STEM?


Available exclusively to NCGS member schools, each cohort includes five conversation topics. A registration fee of $250 is required by each participant. Space is limited with preference given to new, first-time participants who can commit to joining every session within a cohort.

Advance-registration for the 2020-2021 Headways program is now open! Join the list to receive information ahead of the general registration period in late August.