Train-ing: Full STE(A)M Ahead

Wednesday, March 22 | 7:30-11:00 AM

Room: Aboard the Amtrak Train - between Seattle and Portland...

PLEASE NOTE:  This workshop will be held on a private car on Amtrak Train 501 leaving Seattle's King Street Station at 7:25 am and arriving Portland's Union Station at 11:05 am.  Union Station is a quick 8-minute ride on the light rail to the Oregon Convention Center.

SEATING IS LIMITED.  The cost of the workshop ($35) includes the ONE-WAY train ticket as well as a pass on Portland's light rail.  You will be responsible for arranging your own return travel to Seattle.

Workshop Presenter:
Michelle Zimmerman | Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning Sciences | Renton Prep

What better way to get to learn about future education at NCCE in Portland than by a historic Amtrak Train! Bring your own device, connect to WiFi, hotspots, and be part of this first of its kind unconference on the rail. Whether you're learning about STE(A)M for the first time, or are content-specific, you can choose your own track, learn about PBS LearningMedia as we create learning design and assessment with the rail system as a hub for cross-disciplinary learning. Engineering, arts, science, mathematics, technology, history, and ELA can all be leveraged through the theme of past, present, and future of trains as transportation. Renton Prep students will be available to provide student feedback, insight, and help you design dynamic content that your students, early childhood through high school, can learn from. Don't miss this opportunity for clock hours, workshop unconference, learning from and collaborating with peers, all while making your way to NCCE! Be part of the Journey Forward on Amtrak with mobile learning. All aboard!

Grades PreK-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12
IT Specialists


Emerging Trends
Digital Tools
Mobile Learning/1:1/BYOD/iPads

Presenter Background: 
Michelle Zimmerman, PhD, has taught all grades from Pre-K through 10th within the past 16 years, with a focus on middle and high school since 2009. She has presented her research across the US and Canada since 2007. The evidence of her original research and theory into practice can be seen in designing Renton Prep. She was thrilled to see the school become FETC STEM Excellence Award Finalist for 2016 as top 3 STEM Middle Schools in the Nation, Microsoft Showcase School, and receive the Award of Excellence for Digital Curriculum and Content Strategy from The Learning Counsel, and the inaugural Lester R. Bayer Award for Excellence in Urban Education. Dr. Zimmerman is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Surface Expert, Lead PBS DigitalMedia Innovator, and was named 2016 NCCE Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year, and received the Ahead of the Class – Excellence in Education Award (presented by Renton City Council and Seattle Seahawks). Her high school STEM students co-authored an invited chapter with her to add to her original research chapter in Revolutionizing Education with Digital Ink: The Impact of Pen and Touch Technology on Education (Human-Computer Interaction Series, Springer 2016). The legacy of her work is expressed through her students submitting their own proposals, speaking at international conferences and co-authoring invited blogs. She most recently spoke at New York Academy of Sciences for Scientific American and Macmillan STEM Summit.