"Mom!  I Can't be Sick...it's a STEM Day!"
Presenters: Dee Van Brackel & Betsy Chadd
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Session Description: 
Modernize your specials!  Learn how Bellbrook added STEM class for all K-5th grade students.  Goodbye, direct instruction!  Hello, discovery learning!  Experience STEM from the students' seat by participating in the engineering design process.  Hear how Mrs. Van Brackel, STEM Fellow, adapts lessons for all elementary levels and a tight schedule!  She will also share how she engages the school staff and the community at large.  Mrs. Chadd will provide creative funding tips that are applicable whether you are planning a new stand-alone program or incorporation of STEM into existing classes.  
Presenters Bios:
Dee Van Brackel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master's in Educational Leadership.  She is a Dayton Regional STEM Fellow and was recently selected as a recipient of the Dayton Regional STEM Leadership and Service Award.  A Wittenberg University graduate, she is celebrating her twenty fourth year of teaching.  First as an Intervention Specialist, then one of the first in Bellbrook to incorporate inclusionary practices.  Five years later, she became a third grade teacher focusing on hands-on learning.  Naturally, she was an early adopter of STEM practices in her classroom.  When the opportunity to create a K-5 STEM program arose, it was apparent that this would be the perfect fit for the next phase of her successful teaching career.  She has created a program from scratch while serving 1,100 plus students.  Her young engineers know that through the design process, failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of it. 

Betsy Chadd serves as the Director of Curriculum and Gifted Services for Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools.  Her responsibilities vary from working with new teachers and their mentors in the Resident Educator Program, to planning professional development to meet the needs of the district.  As a former high school math teacher, Betsy welcomes the opportunity to support STEM program goals in Bellbrook.  Currently as an adjunct professor at Wright State University, Betsy enjoys working with future Middle Childhood teachers.  Currently, she serves on the Ohio Association for Gifted Children's Coordinator Division Committee as the Communications Chair.  She has facilitated learning sessions during various national conferences, including the National Network for Educational Renewal Conference and SDE's National Conference on Differentiated Instruction.