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Cultivate STEM Identities Institute

Promote students’ confidence and competence as math and science learners by modeling a positive STEM Identity!

In this institute, participants will explore why learners’ STEM identities are important, and how we as adults can structure learning experiences to enhance students’ enjoyment of and engagement with thinking as scientists and mathematicians.

January 23-24, 2018

Lab day: January 25, 2018

Adams 12 Conference Center

1500 East 128th Avenue

Thornton, Colorado 8024

Perfect for
Elementary and Middle School Educators
Including: Teachers
Instructional Coaches, Adminstrators
Math/Science Specialists, Informal Educators
District Level STEM Leaders

Early Bird Rate: $415

Optional Lab Day: $195

Earn Continuing Education Credit
Colorado Department of Education
for completing the institute

Registration will open soon! Contact us if you would like to be notified when registration opens

Learning Objectives


Investigating the nature of their own STEM identities and explore how their lives and careers have been impacted by their relationship with math and science


Analyzing the ways in which learners STEM identities inform their achievement and life-long learning


Exploring how our own and our students STEM identities can be intentionally elevated in service of student achievement in math and science


Designing learning environments and experiences that align with the CCSS and NGSS, and cultivate strong student STEM identities

PEBC Lab Classroom

See excellent instruction in action.

In each PEBC Lab classroom, participants will spend the morning observing the instruction and learning taking place in that classroom. With the lab classroom host and a PEBC staff developer, participants will spend the afternoon debriefing their observation reading professional literature, and reflecting on the implications for their own classroom practice.

An optional one day PEBC Lab Classroom visit is available for this institute.

Event facilitator

Wendy Ward Hoffer, MA

Education Sr. Director of Content

Wendy Ward Hoffer is the author of Cultivating STEM Identities, Developing Literate Mathematicians: A Guide for Integrating Language and Literacy Instruction into Secondary Mathematics, Minds on Mathematics: Using Math Workshop to Develop Understanding in Grades 4-8 and Science as Thinking: The Constants and Variable of Inquiry Work. Wendy works with teachers, schools and districts locally and nationally to promote deep thinking in math and science.

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She is the creator and facilitator of several PEBC professional development institutes including: Minds on Math Institute, Science Institute, STEM Identity Institute and Foundations of Numeracy. Wendy received an MA in Science Education from Stanford University and earned National Board Certification while teaching middle school math and science.

Registration Includes

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Cultivating STEM Identities
by Wendy Ward Hoffer

Breakfast and Lunch on Institute days
Lunch only on Lab Classroom Day

Certificate of attendance for CDE credit

We are in the process of scheduling this offering for the 2017-2018 school year. Contact us to be notified when the schedule is published.

More Information

For more information contact
Hannah Popkin
[email protected]

Nearby Lodging

To be determined

Cancellations & refunds

Registration fees for professional development events cancelled or rescheduled by PEBC, for reasons other than weather or acts of God, are fully refundable. Seat(s) cancelled by registrant with less than 60 days notice from the start date of the professional development event are not refundable. Registrant is responsible for 50% of the registration fee for any seat(s) cancelled with more than 60 days notice from the start date of the professional development event. Unused seat(s) (no-shows) will be considered a cancellation by the registrant and are non-refundable. Registrant is responsible for all costs incurred due to cancellation, regardless of cancellation reason.

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