Teacher-driven professional development for AZ STEM Teachers, funded by Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Env. & Social Justice.



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Great News!

Great News! We have been funded for our 7th annual Summer Institute.

A Huge thank you to our new funder, The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice!


ACST Summer Institute 2015

June 8 - June 20, 2015

Open to all Arizona teachers of grades 1st - 5th!

The application is now CLOSED.

Congratulations to all the accepted teachers. This summer is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.



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Learn a little more about us!

The Arizona Center for STEM Teachers was created in 2008 from grant funds awarded by Science Foundation Arizona and matching funds from the Philecology Foundation. We serve Arizona Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, and our mission is simple: to provide quality, applicable professional development for our teachers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We are housed at the Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona. For the past 2 years, our Summer Institute has been funded through grants from the APSFoundation. This year, we have a new foundation funding us. We MAKE SURE that our teachers are well-taken care of, by providing them housing, meals, snacks, and supplies during their stay here at B2, as well as high-quality professional development that is meaningful and immediately implementable in their classrooms. We want teachers to know that we honor them and their profession. One main component of the ACST is that it is designed and run by classroom teachers, as who knows better than us what teachers need in their professional development!


Read about us here! ACST Bios


Please update your profile page with any pertinent information that might help us collaborate with you in the areas you deem most important!

Members are allowed to create Topic Forums for areas of interest. Please keep them pertaining to topics that have to do with teaching, pedagogy, classroom management and all areas of STEM!

Join a grade-level group, and if you are one of our summer institute attendees, you may request to join our private groups set up just for you.

All teachers in Arizona are invited to become members of our Ning. Please spread the word of great professional development opportunity to all your teacher friends and colleagues! Just use the INVITE tab up top!


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Reading/Literacy curriculum development for newly created STEM program 1 Reply

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does ADE set minimum requirements for a STEM teacher? 4 Replies

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TED Animation/Talk about Education

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National Science Framework K-12

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Very interesting op-ed piece about education 1 Reply

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2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year, Beth Maloney (2013 ACST Summer Institute participant)

We are so PROUD of you!

Beth Maloney - Youtube TOY


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