Designing Professional Growth Opportunities for Educators, March 9, 2021 | MIT J-WEL

Designing Professional Growth Opportunities for Educators, March 9, 2021

This session is part of our new Teacher Education and Professional Development Webinar Series, where J-WEL members and the MIT community will come together to share their approaches to professional development for teachers.

Check the series page for more information on this and other sessions.

Designing Professional Growth Opportunities for Educators

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. ET

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Webinar Description: 

The Lemelson-MIT program has a 16-year history of helping educators learn ways of supporting the development of young inventors. This workshop will explore essential elements of the opportunities for learning afforded to educators during LMIT sponsored professional development sessions.

This webinar is free and open to the public.

Event Speakers


Dr. Stephanie Couch

Executive Director
Lemelson-MIT Program

Dr. Stephanie Couch is the Executive Director of the Lemelson-MIT Program which is part of the School of Engineering within MIT. In this role, she oversees two national prize programs that make annual awards to mid-career inventors and college students, and she directs a number of national invention education initiatives aimed at helping young people develop as inventors. Her research during the past three years has focused on ways young people learn to think and work as inventors, and on the teachers and other adults who facilitate students’ development.

Prior to joining the Lemelson-MIT Program, Stephanie worked in California in numerous roles focused on K-12 and higher education policy issues in school finance and technology in teaching and learning. She is recognized for her strengths in developing multi-stakeholder partnerships and facilitating collaborative efforts that advance invention education and STEM learning opportunities for students, with an emphasis on students underrepresented in STEM college/career pathways.

Couch holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.




Dr. Leigh Estabrooks

Invention Education Officer, Lemelson-MIT Program

Leigh Estabrooks is the invention education officer at the Lemelson-MIT Program within MIT's School of Engineering. She joined the program in 2006 to manage InvenTeams, a national grants initiative for inventive high school students and their teachers. She has been the invention education officer since 2008 creating and overseeing all K-12 invention education offerings. Estabrooks has been instrumental in the development of new initiatives including the Junior Varsity InvenTeams initiatives. She often writes for children's magazines in addition to researching and publishing on the impact of invention education on students, teachers, and their communities. Currently, she is piloting new initiatives with an urban after-school program for girls in grades 3-5. Prior to the Lemelson-MIT Program, Estabrooks held positions in product development at Fortune 500 consumer products companies and was a licensed secondary school educator. She received her doctoral degree in education from Northeastern University with her research in cutting-edge practices in high school STEM education.




Date & Time: 
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 09:30 to 10:30

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