UTeach Conference

UTeach STEM Educators Virtual Summit

June 30 to July 1, 2020

The 2020 UTeach STEM Educators Virtual Summit brings together STEM educators and the UTeach community to collaborate on strategies to address the significant challenges educators face in increasingly complex learning environments. Please join us!

Register for the free virtual event

Tuesday, June 30

10:00–11:30am | Welcome and Opening Plenary with Keynote Speaker David Laude

The Student-Centered Classroom

Professor Laude describes his 30-year journey as a chemistry professor at UT Austin from being teacher-centered to student-centered, with the success of every student he teaches now his priority. Considered more broadly, he describes the University’s student success initiative that led to remarkable improvements in graduation rates. Of more topical concern, Professor Laude will also address what he has learned about maintaining a student-centered approach to instruction during the pandemic.

12:00–1:15pm | Sessions

UTeach Graduate Panel: Lessons Learned

Hear directly from a panel of seasoned UTeach alumni about their experiences with remote teaching and learning. The panel will delve into topics including assessment, student support, and what inquiry-based learning looks like online.

UTeach Student Recruitment in the Era of COVID 19

Discuss strategies for addressing the unique challenges and opportunities in recruiting students into UTeach programs.

Addressing Issues of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Remote Learning

Discuss successful remote teaching strategies to ensure equitable and inclusive instruction in both K-12 and university contexts.

2:15–3:30pm | Sessions

Strategies for Nurturing UTeach Community: Taking Care of One Another

Consider and discuss the novel ways we are all working to support and further build community in UTeach programs while we are at a distance.

Developing Instructional Leadership Through the Knowles Teacher Initiative

UTeach teachers who are also Knowles Fellows will share their experiences and inform attendees of the opportunities available to develop leadership skills through the prestigious Knowles Teacher Fellowship

2:15–3:45pm | Session

Supporting K-12 Students in a Remote Learning Context

Participate in a collaborative discussion with UTeach alumni about the ins and outs of supporting K-12 students in a remote learning context. Attendees will collaborate on a working document to gather best practices, thoughts, and ideas as we plan for the fall.

2:15–4:15pm | Special Retreats

Co-Director Retreat

Join other UTeach program co-directors for networking and collaboration. This session is restricted to UTeach co-directors.

Master Teacher Retreat

Join other UTeach Master Teachers for networking and collaboration. This session is restricted to UTeach Master Teachers.

4:30–6:00pm | Here's To You: Toasts of UTeach

Grab your favorite beverage and join your colleagues for networking and toasting this year's USEA award winners.

Wednesday, July 1

10:30–11:45am | Sessions

Adapting UTeach Curriculum for the Times

Join instructors to discuss the various ways individual UTeach courses are being adapted for remote and blended instructional environments. There will be individual sessions held for each UTeach course.

Teaching Inquiry Remotely

Discuss and share strategies for facilitating inquiry-based learning remotely.

12:45–2:00pm | Sessions

Addressing the Social and Emotional Needs of Students During Remote Learning Instruction

Discuss challenges and solutions for supporting the social and emotional needs of K-12 students during remote instruction. We’ll also delve into what it might be like to kick off a school year virtually and strategize about building a classroom community and establishing trust in that environment.

Diversifying the STEM Teacher Workforce

Join a panel discussion addressing the challenges and opportunities related to creating a diverse STEM teacher workforce. Learn more about the HBCUTeach initiative and participate in the conversation about what UTeach programs can do to diversify their programs.

2:30–4:00pm | Closing Panel: Fall 2020: Starting Strong

We did it! We pivoted to remote instruction and virtual teacher preparation this spring and learned a lot along the way. As a professional learning community, what will we carry forward into the fall semester? Hear from a diverse panel about the plans to further strengthen UTeach instruction and support for students and alumni.