Professional Learning

e4usa provides professional learning (PL) throughout the year to prepare and support teachers

The mission of Engineering for US All (e4usa) encompasses both students and teachers. Paramount to the success of e4usa is the construction and delivery of professional learning (PL) experiences throughout the year to prepare and support teachers with different levels of engineering training and instruction as they implement the course.

As a result of engaging in e4usa PD and PL, teachers and coaches receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Maryland.

New Teachers fully online!

New Teacher Professional Development

 

Fully Online

 

Online

July 8-19 (no Wednesdays)
from 11:00-1:30PM ET

                                                                                                                                                                        

collection of teachers professional development zoom and in person meetings

New Teacher Professional Development

                                                    

Blended

                                                                            

In Person in Maryland

Towson University Center for STEM Excellence
701 E. Pratt St., Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21202

July 22 - 25 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day
and July 26 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Friday

                                                                                                                                                                        

e4usa teachers in workshop

Returning Teachers Professional Development

                                                    

New this Year: A Menu of Options!

                                                                             
Mini Professional Development Options

July 8-12 (no Wednesday) from 2:00 - 4:30 PM ET

MyDesign 3 Professional Development

Thursday, July 11 from 2:00 - 4:30 PM ET

MyDesign 2 Professional Development

July 15-19 (no Wednesday) from 2:00 - 4:30 PM ET

                                                                                                                                                                        

 

Explore e4usa’s current professional learning opportunities.

In 2022, the e4usa New Teacher Professional Learning course received the Engineering Teacher Professional Development Endorsement from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Teachers and coaches who participate in e4usa’s professional learning offerings are eligible to receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) from the University of Maryland.

New to teaching e4usa?

Engineering for US All (e4usa) gives any high school teacher the power to help students design a better future. The e4usa curriculum engages students in hands-on engineering design experiences to address real-world problems in their communities, and to see themselves as engineers. Educators help students build engineering and professional skills so they can contribute to a more diverse and inclusive industry that solves some of the world’s most pressing problems.

e4usa offers ongoing professional learning opportunities for teachers at all levels of engineering background. These hands-on, collaborative learning experiences prepare teachers to successfully support their students in using the e4usa curriculum, developing technical knowledge and skills, and creatively solving realistic problems with their peers. All of e4usa’s professional learning options ensure that teachers are well-prepared and supported throughout the program.

Webcams of teachers

   

By participating in the e4usa New Teacher Professional Development, educators will:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of e4usa’s four threads and recognize how they demonstrate the universal concept “e4usa is for US all.”
  • Experience and reflect on selected hands-on activities from Units 1-4 to better understand the e4usa student experience.
  • Develop techniques for planning and delivering lessons and units within the e4usa framework, with hands-on guidance and support.
  • Understand and utilize the essential features of the MyDesign Scoring Rubric and MyDesign Platform.
  • Engage directly with the e4usa Community of Practice to establish meaningful relationships with educators, coaches, staff, and university and industry liaisons.
     

I began teaching engineering in 2019 and stumbled across e4usa during my graduate school work. I was looking for more support in how to teach engineering, especially since I am not an engineer. Joining e4usa has allowed me to become a more confident engineering teacher, and has given me the support I needed through the professional learning environment. I have continued to teach e4usa because I see the positive impact that the curriculum has on my students. After completing this course, my students have a better understanding of the engineering design process, and who engineers are. They are better prepared to work effectively in small teams, to present their ideas and projects to others, and to write succinctly about an engineering project from beginning to end.

Christine Zito
Christine Zito

Engineering and more importantly, engineering skills are important for young people to learn about. If they have a handle on how to solve a problem then they can control their world to a certain extent and feel accomplishment with success. The professional learning experiences I have had with the e4usa team have been great. There is a lot of thought in what is shared with us during PD. My first PD experience taught me what I would soon teach my students. Going through the lessons and the hands-on activities allowed me to comprehend the activities and the lessons better than going in cold. The Community of Practice in the e4usa Hub is a great way to ask questions, show off what your students are doing, and connect with other members of the team.

Marla Rudnic
Marla Rudnick

The community of practice gave me a whole new friends grew who help me figure out hard things, cheer me on when I am feeling doubt in myself, and offer advice and strategies that I carry into my classroom. The professionals I have been able to meet through this process are amazing. e4usa brings these people into my life and that resource can sometimes feel like a lifeline when you are trying to guide your students in building a wind turbine generator. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have been able to bring my students because of e4usa.

Amanda Jones
Amanda Jones

New to teaching e4usa?

Engineering for US All (e4usa) gives any high school teacher the power to help students design a better future. The e4usa curriculum engages students in hands-on engineering design experiences to address real-world problems in their communities, and to see themselves as engineers. Educators help students build engineering and professional skills so they can contribute to a more diverse and inclusive industry that solves some of the world’s most pressing problems.

e4usa offers ongoing professional learning opportunities for teachers at all levels of engineering background. These hands-on, collaborative learning experiences prepare teachers to successfully support their students in using the e4usa curriculum, developing technical knowledge and skills, and creatively solving realistic problems with their peers. All of e4usa’s professional learning options ensure that teachers are well-prepared and supported throughout the program.

Towson University Center for STEM Excellence
701 E. Pratt St., Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21202

July 22 - 25 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day
and July 26 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Friday

Webcams of teachers and in classroom teaching

   

By participating in the e4usa New Teacher Professional Development, educators will:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of e4usa’s four threads and recognize how they demonstrate the universal concept “e4usa is for US all."
  • Experience and reflect on selected hands-on activities from Units 1-4 to better understand the e4usa student experience.
  • Develop techniques for planning and delivering lessons and units within the e4usa framework, with hands-on guidance and support.
  • Understand and utilize the essential features of the MyDesign Scoring Rubric and MyDesign Platform.
  • Engage directly with the e4usa Community of Practice to establish meaningful relationships with educators, coaches, staff, and university and industry liaisons.
     

I began teaching engineering in 2019 and stumbled across e4usa during my graduate school work. I was looking for more support in how to teach engineering, especially since I am not an engineer. Joining e4usa has allowed me to become a more confident engineering teacher, and has given me the support I needed through the professional learning environment. I have continued to teach e4usa because I see the positive impact that the curriculum has on my students. After completing this course, my students have a better understanding of the engineering design process, and who engineers are. They are better prepared to work effectively in small teams, to present their ideas and projects to others, and to write succinctly about an engineering project from beginning to end.

Christine Zito
Christine Zito

Engineering and more importantly, engineering skills are important for young people to learn about. If they have a handle on how to solve a problem then they can control their world to a certain extent and feel accomplishment with success. The professional learning experiences I have had with the e4usa team have been great. There is a lot of thought in what is shared with us during PD. My first PD experience taught me what I would soon teach my students. Going through the lessons and the hands-on activities allowed me to comprehend the activities and the lessons better than going in cold. The Community of Practice in the e4usa Hub is a great way to ask questions, show off what your students are doing, and connect with other members of the team.

Marla Rudnick
Marla Rudnick

The community of practice gave me a whole new friends grew who help me figure out hard things, cheer me on when I am feeling doubt in myself, and offer advice and strategies that I carry into my classroom. The professionals I have been able to meet through this process are amazing. e4usa brings these people into my life and that resource can sometimes feel like a lifeline when you are trying to guide your students in building a wind turbine generator. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have been able to bring my students because of e4usa.

Amanda Jones
Amanda Jones

Returning to teaching e4usa?

e4usa’s Returning Teacher Professional Development guides educators as they dig more deeply into specific components of the e4usa curriculum, including assessment and scoring using the MyDesign Scoring Rubric. Experienced e4usa teachers work in collaboration to discuss strategies for effectively using e4usa’s tools and resources.

Returning e4usa teachers also engage in additional asynchronous learning activities before and between professional learning opportunities to continue building and refining their skills.

Webcams of teachers and in classroom teaching

I can tell you, I am a better teacher because of this program. The e4usa program allowed me to grow as an educator in a way I never had before. That is 100% why I keep coming back to this program. I get better and better at my job every year because of the meaningful professional development opportunities and the support from colleagues around the country.

Amanda Jones
Amanda Jones

Category

Features

Premium Package

Core Package

Summer Package

Individual Options

Community of Practice

Liaison Support

 

FREE

Coach and Team Support

 

700 US$

Teacher Progress Reflection (TPR)

 

150 US$

Community of Practice in the e4usa Hub

FREE

e4usa Fall Social Hour

FREE

e4usa Spring Social Hour

FREE

End-of-Year Teacher Celebration

FREE

e4usa Polo

 

 

 

35 US$

MyDesign Professional Developments

MyDesign 1

 

 

 

300 US$

MyDesign 2

 

 

1,250 US$

MyDesign 3

 

 

 

100 US$

Mini Professional Developments

Monday, July 8 from
2:00 - 4:30 PM ET

MyDesign Platform Support and Practice

 

 

Select one Mini Professional Development

100 US$

Onshape CAD and e4usa

 

 

100 US$

Mini Professional Developments

Tuesday, July 9 from
2:00 - 4:30 PM ET

Unit 2 – MATLAB Water Filtration Model

 

 

Select one Mini Professional Development

100 US$

Unit 2 – Wind Turbine

 

 

100 US$

For US All and UDL

 

 

100 US$

Mini Professional Developments

Thursday, July 11 from
2:00 - 4:30 PM ET

Rubric for What Makes a Good Project and Managing the Scope of a Project

 

 

Select one Mini Professional Development

100 US$

MyDesign 3

 

 

100 US$

Mini Professional Developments

Friday, July 12 from
2:00 - 4:30 PM ET

Supporting English Language Learner (ELL) Students in Writing Portfolios

 

 

Select one Mini Professional Development

100 US$

Supporting Struggling Writers in Writing Portfolios

 

 

100 US$

Summer Lunch & Learns

Lunch & Learns

FREE

Additional Professional Development Features

Winter Professional Development

Winter Professional Development

 

 

100 US$

Professional Learning Continuing Education Units

 

 

25 US$

 

 

$2,000
per teacher

$800
per teacher

$350
per teacher

 

Frequently Asked Questions

An e4usa Returning Teacher has completed their first year of teaching e4usa and has engaged in all required professional learning as a new teacher, including the e4usa New Teacher Summer Professional Development, MyDesign Scoring Rubric and Platform Professional Development (i.e, MyDesign 1 Professional Development), and Winter Professional Development, and has participated continuously in the Community of Practice (CoP).

Paying for professional development is an investment in the continual growth of educators. It's crucial to consider the direct benefits of engaging in e4usa professional development, like enhancing your engineering teaching skills, aligning with the latest educational standards, and connecting with a network of engineering educators.

e4usa aims to empower teachers with the resources and knowledge to effectively deliver engineering content, which can significantly enrich the student learning experience. By investing in this professional development, you’re not just improving your own skills, but also contributing to building a stronger foundation in engineering education for your students.

Let’s explore cost-effective ways to access these resources, possibly through school funding, grants, or scholarships, to ensure you can participate without bearing the financial burden alone. Please reach out to professional-learning@e4usa.org to discuss different opportunities and options for paying for professional development. We want to work with every school to ensure educators receive the professional development they are seeking!

With so many amazing professional development offerings, we acknowledge that it can be difficult to decide! To select the appropriate e4usa professional development, teachers should evaluate their needs and identify how the professional development offerings can enhance their teaching and student outcomes in engineering. Teachers' professional goals and aspirations in engineering education should also guide their selection, ensuring the selected professional developments support their career development.

Please reach out to professional-learning@e4usa.org if you have questions or need further assistance with deciding which professional developments to complete!

Additionally, we’ll be asking e4usa teachers for input throughout the year to offer again professional developments that teachers may have missed over the summer and to develop new professional developments!

The professional development and community of practice options are designed to provide opportunities for each teacher to customize their learning to further your professional growth and enhance their impact as an e4usa educator. There are no minimum requirements for engaging in professional development as a returning teacher. However, as a model for your own students, we certainly hope that you will continuously seek opportunities to strengthen your skills and extend your knowledge.

We are continuously seeking ways to enhance our support for teachers and to ensure that our professional learning not only meets but exceeds the needs of e4usa educators. We’ll continuously be adding new professional development options on different topics, as well as evolve our past professional developments. For example, the MyDesign professional developments have undergone exciting changes and we invite you to re-engage with those offerings.

As returning teachers, you have invaluable experiences and are incredible resources to new e4usa educators. We hope that you will always participate in our e4usa professional developments and the community of practice.

Absolutely! e4usa hopes to retain and continuously support the growth of e4usa Coaches, who are essential to the success of e4usa teachers and the Community of Practice!

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