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Inclusive STEM: Professional Development Series for Head Start Teachers in Maryland

The study presented in this proposal is a collaborative effort between the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The intended outcomes of this program are to positively impact inclusion in early childhood classrooms and kindergarten readiness for children with disabilities. Consisting of a 4 day, in-person, professional development (PD) opportunity, virtual/in-person coaching, and Networked Improvement Community (NIC) meetings that are targeted to meet the individual support needs of the participants, we propose a three-phase process. 

  • Phase 1 includes targeted observations of inclusive STEM practices.
  • Phase 2 includes a 4-day in-person PD opportunity, planned and facilitated by UMBC and STEMIE. PD sessions will be designed to provide participants with the opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills on inclusive STEM teaching.
  • Phase 3 sessions will be developed based on observed needs of the participating teachers and support participants in using STEMIE resources (e.g. learning trajectories) within the scope of their own curriculum. This will be done via a series of individual coaching and NIC meetings to allow for collaborative problem solving with investigators serving as facilitators.

A final phase, Phase 4, will include targeted observations of participants to assess progress.


Funding Agency:  

University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMB)

Funding Period:  

10/01/2023 to 09/30/2024

Award Amount:  



Amy W. Crume, Account Manager
Hsiu-Wen Yang, Co-principal Investigator
Megan Vinh, Co-principal Investigator
Chih-Ing Lim, Principal Investigator