SAVE the Date – September 8th, 8:00am – 1:00pm

The next Community of Practice is only two weeks away, happening September 8th from 8:00am to 1:00pm at the beautiful Grand Canyon University campus. Please be sure to read the below information for some important information and reminders about the upcoming Community of Practice.


7:45-8:00 – Registration and Check-In (This is also the time to set up any materials or resources you brought at your assigned table for the school resource share.)

8:00-8:45 – Resource Fair (Non-School Exhibitors) (Breakfast/Snacks Provided)

8:00-8:45 – Student STEM Experience (Arizona Science Center will engage students in the Upper Concourse in a rich dialogue about their STEM education.)

8:45-9:00 – Welcome and Introductions

9:00-9:15 – Brian Mueller (President of GCU)

9:25-10:30 – School Resource Share / Showcase

10:40-11:25 – Open Space Topic

11:30-11:50 – Team Synthesis / Takeaways

11:50-12:00 – Exit Survey / Closure

12:00-12:30 – Resource Fair

A Few Clarifications and Reminders:

1. Sign-Ups – Please send the following link out to ALL MEMBERS of your school CoP who will be attending:

This link includes registration and a brief survey to collect preferences for breakfast and open space topic. It will help to ensure we set up the logistics accurately for the meeting related to tables, materials and food. We will need all responses by this FRIDAY, AUGUST 26th.

2. School Resource Share/Showcase – This is meant to be an informal share out. Please do not worry about it being a formal presentation. Rather, it will take the form of a broader show and tell / conversation starter to learn what other schools have and for them to learn what you are up to. Additionally, please make sure that all members of your school CoP team are aware and able to talk about the STEM resource that your school will be providing, as we will be rotating who stays at the table during the resource share.

3. Team Composition – As with the meeting in May, we ask your entire team to attend (i.e. administrator, educator, student, parent and community partner).

4. Materials – If you have not responded yet, please let us know the type of materials you plan to bring as part of the school resource share, along with whether you need additional support with set-up, by emailing Jeremy Babendure at This is important to make sure we have the room set up correctly and have the spaces allocated accordingly. Doors will be open at 7:15 if you need extended time. We will need your response back by FRIDAY, AUGUST 26th


Someone I Know….

Do you know someone who might want to have a STEM-related table at the resource fair? Then this your opportunity – have them register HERE!

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GeoConference 2016

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This initiative is supported by:

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