Tech for Teacher Leaders

UNH Tech for Teacher Leaders is a two-week professional development program during which middle and high school teachers design STEM projects while engaged in authentic and in-depth conversations about transforming STEM classrooms through project-based learning (PBL). This cohort of teacher leaders will build a learning community of engaged professionals who will participate in sustained collaboration throughout the academic year. These teacher leaders are expected to take the STEM classroom in bold new directions by translating research-based practices into the classroom.

Participants will spend time collaborating with other middle and high school educators, UNH STEM faculty, industry professionals, and educational experts as they design projects that immerse students in STEM practices while also aligning with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Teacher leaders will participate in morning seminars regarding project components, followed by time for collaboration to research and discuss content, strategies and resources as they develop their individual projects. During afternoons, teacher leaders will be immersed in on-going Tech Camp projects. The Tech for Teacher Leaders will culminate in teacher leaders piloting a project component with campers. UNH Tech Camp serves as a learning laboratory for teacher leaders.

Teacher Leaders will be expected to implement their project during the 2017-18 academic year and present at the monthly Tech for Teacher Leaders meeting. They will be invited back as part of a panel discussion during the 2018 Tech for Teachers Leadership Institute.

Who should attend?

Middle and High School teachers in all content areas, NOT JUST STEM

Ideally teachers from multiple subject areas would come as part of a school or district team with the goal of developing an interdisciplinary project. The teachers will work together to develop a project that incorporates project-based learning, research-based practices, NGSS, and new technologies or skills, resulting in deeper understanding of STEM competencies by students. Individual teachers are also encouraged to attend

Space is limited to 12 participants.

Program Objectives

  • Build a learning community of engaged STEM professionals for long term sustained engagement
  • Develop a cadre of middle/high school educators with expertise in NGSS and project-based learning
  • Design, pilot, and assess a team STEM activity during UNH Tech Camp
  • Effectively incorporate NGSS and best practices into a team project design
  • Design a way to assess how a project impacts student understanding of STEM concepts and achievement of competencies

Seminar Topics

  • Standards of project-based learning
  • Assessment
  • Reflection
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Cognitive Development of STEM Skills and Concepts


July 17-28, 2017
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Residential Optional

Location: UNH Durham

Stipend: $1,500/CEUs

The application process for the summer 2017 group has ended. Thank you for your interest.

Tech Camp Faculty Director - Professor Carmela Amato-Wierda -
Tech for Teacher Leaders Institute Coordinator - Fran Meffen, M.S. M.Ed.CAGS -