2022 Conference

Innovations and Collaborations to improve STEM Teacher Preparation

June 16 and 17, online

This conference has already taken place. View resources on the Agenda page.

This virtual conference is designed for educators, administrators, students, and policy-makers interested in improving K-12 STEM Teacher Preparation by leveraging resources and expertise within and across institutions

The conference will be highly interactive. It will feature mini-workshops, small group discussions, expert panels, focused plenary sessions, and time to plan. Individuals and organizations will have opportunities to learn about innovations and progress in improving elementary and secondary (STEM) teacher preparation programs , discuss ongoing challenges and opportunities in STEM teaching and learning, and network with a community of experts committed to working together to address these challenges.

Check back in early May for additional mini-workshop and conference details.



  • Share/Learn about useful models, tools, and resources to improve STEM teacher preparation
  • Grapple with challenging teacher preparation issues at the interface between K-12 and Higher Education
  • Identify partnerships and next steps to improve elementary and secondary STEM teaching


The conference will take place virtually via Zoom, starting at 9:00 a.m. PST on June 16 and ending by 1:00 p.m. on June 17. The conference is being facilitated by the Next Generation STEM Teacher Preparation Collaborative, a group of organizations and individuals in Washington State committed to ensuring that all K-12 students have access to innovative, well-prepared, diverse, STEM teachers.

View the Conference Agenda »


Technical support for the conference will be provided by the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College, which also hosts the Collaborative's Innovations in STEM Teacher Preparationwebsite https://serc.carleton.edu/stemteacherprep/index.html Financial support for the conference is provided by NSF-DUE awards: #1625566 (WWU), #1625218 (SPU), and #1625224 (EWU).


  • Edward Geary, Western Washington University (WWU)                                         
  • Jennifer Dechaine, Central Washington University (CWU)
  • Julie Antilla, Seattle Pacific University (SPU)
  • Cathy Kim, Pacific Lutheran University (PLU)
  • John McNamara, Washington State University (WSU)
  • Ann McMahon, University of Washington, Bothell (UW-B)
  • Kathy Baldwin, Eastern Washington University (EWU)


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