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Turn Your Elementary School into a STEM School! How-To Steps from Educators Who Transformed Their School

Monday, July 11, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Presented by Susan Slate Hayes, Principal, Barkley Bridge Elementary School
Sponsored by Project Lead The Way

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What would prompt a high-performing, National Blue Ribbon School in rural Alabama to turn their world upside down and become a STEM school? What motivated them? How did they begin? What progress have they made so far?

In this webinar, Susan Hayes, principal of Barkley Bridge Elementary in Hartselle, Alabama, and her three colleagues – Angie Harris, 4th grade math teacher; Kim Jared, gifted specialist; and Jamie Dutton, library media specialist – outlined their school’s STEM journey and share why they chose to ride the wave of change and how they held on successfully. Learn more about:

  • How they got their program off the ground
  • The importance of choosing the right program and resources needed
  • How to engage teachers and build school culture
  • The role of the community in creating a sustainable program

Walk away with some peer-to-peer “getting started” tips and an account of pitfalls, a real experience that shows why all students in all schools can benefit from a problem-based learning approach. You also will hear about overall strategies to integrate problem-based STEM curriculum into the school day and the results that are possible. This webinar will be useful for elementary school teachers and administrators, STEM program coordinators (at the school or district level), Chief Academic Officers, and District level elementary curriculum instruction administrators.

BONUS! Access one of the PLTW Launch activities to start experiencing the value of a problem-based learning approach to STEM. Download Rosie’s Runtime and bring a fun activity to your classroom—for free! Your download will include a printable game board, code cards, instructions for play, and more.


Susan Hayes Susan Slate Hayes is in her fourteenth year as Principal of Barkley Bridge Elementary School.  Under her leadership, the school has been honored as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence ‘Lighthouse School’ (2010) and a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School (2011).  In 2014, Hayes and the Barkley Bridge community of leaders and learners made the commitment to bring problem-based learning to all K-4 classrooms.  With the help of Project Lead The Way, the school will play a key role in preparing young learners for STEM careers in nearby Huntsville and beyond. Follow Susan on Twitter @sushay82.



project lead the way Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in- demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. More than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs.

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Monday, July 11, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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