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Science Education Update Conferences

2018 UNI Science Education Update Conferences, Friday, April 6, 2018

UNI College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences (CHAS) offers an annual one-day Science Education Update Conferences. Faculty present the latest research in each discipline as well as research on innovative teaching methods and materials. Participants experience collegial conversations with university faculty and secondary science teaching majors on relevant issues and learn about upcoming professional development opportunities at UNI.

Iowa's Geological Resources Workshop for Teachers

Applications DUE: February 8, 2017 Online via Adobe Connect: March 21, April 4 and April 18, 2017, on the UNI campus: June 26-29, 2017. Earn two units of graduate credit and learn about Iowa's geological resources through an activity-based short course (EARTHSCI 6233 Iowa's Geological Resources for Teachers) through the University of Northern Iowa. The course begins with an online component in the spring to prepare you for the hands-on workshop visiting various geological sites and preparing curricular materials in June.

  • Develop rock and mineral collections while obtaining a basic proficiency in their identification.
  • Focus on the significance of these items in understanding and interpreting Earth’s history and the geology of Iowa.
  • Learn the various economic and environmental aspects of Iowa geology.

Network with fellow geology educators--Participate in several exciting, hands-on activities in the field, and meet other Earth science teachers from across the state. Discuss what’s working and what’s not in your classrooms and share your tried-and-true methods for teaching about the geology of Iowa.

UNI STEM Program & Activity Archives

Degrees and Endorsements

Masters Degrees

Individual STEM Courses - Current Listing Continuing Education

Ask a STEM Question - Bring a STEM Professional to Your School

CHAS Ask a Scientist Program

STEM Standards & Standards Resources

Iowa Core - Iowa's Adopted Standards

Explore the Iowa Core

National Standards that include STEM content

Current Standards initiatives are built upon research in teaching and learning and previous standard reform.

STEM Research

Integrated STEM

Assessment in STEM

Classroom Resources


US Education Laws and Regulations - Resources and Information

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) takes effect in the 2017-2018 Academic year.  This law makes changes to the national, state, and local roles of accountability, funding, and programs in K-12 education and thus also has implementations for teacher prep and coninuing education.  The resources listed below provide background on ESSA and recommendations from national science, mathematics, technology, engineering and education organizations about ESSA implementation.

Comparing ESSA to NCLB

ESSA & STEM Overview

Resources and Recommendations from National Organizations with Regard to STEM Education

Iowa's ESSA Plan

UNI FREE Program

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 The UNI Fabulous Resources for Energy Education (FREE) Program provides classroom resources on energy topics and a kit loan/purchase program.
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