Teq Online PD (Opd), a professional development provider for educators, has announced a new line up of courses to support teachers of English language learners and STEM subjects, science, technology, engineering and math.
The new schedule of courses was created in response to the ongoing demand for STEM-related topics. The need for professional development around STEM initiatives “continues to be an area of nationwide interest and growth,” according to Teq’s Chief Learning Officer Robert-Wayne Harris. “With Online Professional Development,” Harris said, “our STEM courses focus on putting curriculum and learning before the technology. You will see courses on 3D printing, Arduinos, and robotics, but we are talking about what you should consider before bringing this technology into the classroom, and how to use it to support a standards-aligned curriculum.”
The demand for ELL-related courses stems from the New York State mandate for 15 percent of teacher professional development to be in ELL/ENL for teachers with an ELL student in their class.
Sue Huscilowitc, Director of Instructional Technology at West Islip Public Schools and a subscriber to Opd, says that Teq has been “very timely in identifying what schools need, and what their teachers need to be effective in the classroom.” Opd, she states, “gave us the flexibility for teachers to have that just-in-time learning…and an open-ended menu of options to meet their needs.”
Teq is based in Huntington Station.