UTeach STEM Educators Conference

2024 UTeach STEM Educators Conference

UTeach STEM Educators Conference

May 21–23, 2024

Austin, Texas

Join us in May for connection and innovation with UTeach university faculty and staff from 55 UTeach programs, UTeach alumni teaching and leading in K–12 schools and districts, UTeach students, and higher education leaders. 

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2024 Conference Schedule

Full conference block schedule here

Are you a new program? Or maybe want to brush up on some of your foundational knowledge? These selected "New to UTeach" sessions emphasize program understanding, course overviews, recruitment, and fundraising. 

1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Opening session

2:30 to 5:00 p.m. Sessions

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reception and Poster Session

8:00 to 9:15 a.m. Breakfast

9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sessions

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sessions


8:00 to 9:15 a.m. Breakfast

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  Keynote Address

10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Sessions

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Sessions

Session List by Topic

UTeach and National Topics
  • What Is UTeach?
  • We Are Doing UTeach . . . What Now?
  • Sustaining UTeach Alabama
  • Two development sessions
  • Past the Tipping Point: The Rise of Uncertified Teachers
  • Tracking UTeach Graduates from Completion to Classroom: A Look at the Schools and Students They Serve
  • What We Learned in Year One
  • Exploring the Mutual Benefits of a Paid K–12 Internship Program: A Win-Win for UTeach Candidates and Local School Districts
UTeach Course and Pedagogy Topics
  • An overview session for every UTeach course
  • Agriculture Education in the NevadaTeach Classroom
  • Creating Teacher Leaders in an Upper-Level Functions & Modeling Course
  • Empowering Confidence in STEM: Art-Based SEL in Project-Based Instruction
  • Exploring Preservice Teachers’ Development of STEM Teaching Philosophies
  • Insights Unearthed: Unveiling Transformations in Impressions on Inquiry-Based Teaching Through Time Capsule Discussions
  • Knowing, Learning, & Ungrading: A Course Policy for Change
  • Preparing Secondary STEM Teachers for High-Needs Settings Using Structured Mentoring
  • Preparing to Teach for Equity and Justice: The CU Teach Equity Framework
  • Teaching THROUGH the 5E Model
  • The Impact of UTeach-Trained K–12 Teachers on Developmental Math Classes at the University Level
  • Using Coached Rehearsal to Transform Student Performance in UTeach Field Courses
  • Promoting Authentic Mathematical Engagement with Rich Mathematical Tasks and Intentional Pedagogical Actions
  • Explorations in UTeach: Step1, Step 2 and Combo
  • A Watershed Event (AWE): A 3D Teaching Ecosystems Curriculum for Middle and High School Biology or Environmental Science
  • Classroom Management Through the Lens of Current Culture: An Innovative Approach to Managing Resistant Behaviors
  • Connecting Content Challenges Through Engineering Design
Recruitment and Retention
  • From the Ground Up: Recruitment in Year One and Beyond
  • One Size Fits All? Crafting a University-Specific Recruiting Message
  • Recruiting High School Students into UTeach: Partnering with Career and Technical Programs
  • Student Retention in FIUteach: Examining Intersections of Cultural, Teaching, and STEM identities
  • Recruitment Panel: Work on Recruitment Strategies Together
  • AI in Education: Embracing the Present, Shaping the Future
  • Integrating AI Tools for Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Educational Fusion: CS Teaching Adventures with ChatGPT
  • Energizing STEM Instruction: AI Innovation in Blending Learning Classrooms
  • How to Create Equitable Lesson Plans Using Generative AI
  • The Critical Use of AI-Generated Lessons in Preservice Teacher Preparation
Tech, Computer Science
  • Creative Ways to Increase Computer Science Teacher Certification
  • Digital Citizen: Using Google Classroom in a Middle School Mathematics Project
  • Empowering Tomorrow's Innovators: Utilizing Computer Science in STEM Education
  • Innovations in Remote Student Support: The Power of XR Tutoring
  • Decolonizing and Queering Math Classrooms:  Building on the Bank's Multi-cultural Model
  • Affinity Spaces as Critical Professional Development to Support Student Belonging and Identity Development
  • Building Community and Sense of Belonging to Improve Community College Engagement and Transfer
Preservice Teachers
  • Decoding the Puzzle: Exploring the Tower of Hanoi
  • Elevating the Profession: Unveiling the Sixth 'E' in Preservice Teacher Education
  • Student Discovery of Diversity and Inclusion in STEM Fields
  • The Case of The Murdered Mayor: Solve a Forensic Case Using Multiple Lines of Evidence
  • Most sessions in the Tech/CS category and the AI category
  • Many sessions tagged as for a K–12 teacher audience
  • Poster Session
  • Student Breakfast Gathering
  • Any other session of interest

Keynote Speaker

David Yeager

Dr. David Yeager

David S. Yeager is a social and developmental psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin. His research often focuses on adolescent transitions—the transition to middle school, the transition to high school, or the transition to college—as a place where there is great opportunity (and risk) for young people’s trajectories. He co-founded and co-directs the Texas Behavioral Science and Policy Institute, which houses initiatives to promote equity in the pipeline from school into the workforce. Read more about Dr. Yeager.

Opening Speaker

Paulette Evans

Dr. Paulette Evans

Paulette Evans is Director of UABTeach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. UABTeach is a replication site of the UTeach program established by the University of Texas Austin. She is passionate about critical science and mathematics teaching. Her work focuses heavily on the application of critical theories and pedagogies to the teaching of math and science, as well as the recruitment and retention of African Americans in the field of STEM education. The goal is to, through STEM teaching and learning, empower educators and students to act against inequities and systems of oppression.


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Texas Instruments

For more than 30 years, Texas Instruments has been an active member of classrooms around the world, empowering teachers and inspiring students to succeed in STEM. Through our award-winning products, engaging lessons and top-notch professional development, TI is transforming the way teachers teach and students learn STEM subjects.

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ST Math

ST Math is a PreK-8 visual instructional program that leverages the brain's innate spatial-temporal reasoning ability to solve mathematical problems. With ST Math, students build deep conceptual understanding, and schools see proven, repeatable results.

Educate Texas

Educate Texas

Educate Texas, an educational initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas, is the trusted change agent to strengthen Texas public and higher education. For more than a decade, we have worked side by side with our partners to empower students to realize their dreams and fuel a thriving Texas.


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240 Tutoring

240 Tutoring offers comprehensive digital study guides guaranteed to prepare educators to pass their certification exams – because the world needs more good teachers. 240 Tutoring continues to grow as more teachers use our resources and share their success stories. We now support more than 15 test series with 275+ digital study guides to help teachers nationwide pass their exams and get certified – so they can get in the classroom and reach their full potential as educators.

Carolina Biological

Carolina Biological

Carolina Biological Supply Company is a worldwide leader in science education, providing top-quality, innovative materials for educators. Carolina serves the K-16 market with everything needed to equip science laboratories and classrooms. Products, kits, NGSS lab solutions, and free teacher resources are available at carolina.com.

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CPM Educational Program is committed to providing meaningful math content along with purposeful teacher support to empower all students to become mathematically confident in the world today. CPM’s mission is to empower mathematics students and teachers through exemplary curriculum, professional development, and leadership. We recognize and foster teacher expertise and leadership in mathematics education. We engage all students in learning mathematics through problem solving, reasoning, and communication.

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Vosaic is a cloud-based video platform for feedback and analysis. It enhances teacher coaching, observation, and practice analysis with tools such as duration-based video annotations (not just timestamps with comments), automated transcriptions with talk time analysis, prompt-based AI analysis, blind coding for Inter-Rater Reliability (IRR), robust reporting, and more.

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UTeach STEM Educators Association

The UTeach STEM Educators Association (USEA) brings together UTeach faculty, staff, students, and alumni from across the nation to advance our mission of transforming STEM teaching and learning by preparing and developing innovative and inclusive STEM educators.



STEMscopes is a comprehensive suite of results-oriented STEM curriculum and professional development solutions used by 8 million students and 600,000 teachers across all 50 states. Created by educators for educators, STEMscopes is highly adaptable, affordable, and supports instruction in any kind of learning environment. STEMscopes was developed by Accelerate Learning Inc. in partnership with Rice University.

School Specialty/FOSS

School Specialty / FOSS

FOSS®, the Full Option Science System developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science and published by School Specialty. FOSS is the PK-8 core science curriculum that empowers students to think like scientists and engineers. Students actively investigate real-world phenomena using science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. FOSS provides teachers with the flexible resources they need to teach science in various learning environments with new digital tools to further support phenomena-based teaching. FOSS is proven to engage and excite all learners, regardless of prior knowledge, language, or background.

Take Care of Texas/Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Take Care of Texas / Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Take Care of Texas is a statewide campaign from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that encourages all Texans to help keep our air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste. Take Care of Texas offers many educational resources for Texans, including our website TakeCareOfTexas.org which features simple conservation tips to use at home, school, work, and in your community. Take Care of Texas offers free publications and resources, videos, lesson plans, blog articles, newsletters, and more.

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