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Registration is Open Through May for the Iowa Public Television Teacher Training Institute

posted on May 19, 2014

Registration is Open Through May for the Iowa Public Television Teacher Training Institute

Iowa Public Television invites you to register for the Iowa Public Television Teacher Training Institute which will be held June 13, 2014.  IPTVTTI will offer networking and professional development opportunities for educators from around the state.  Master Teachers, highly qualified educators who have been selected by IPTV, will present model lessons that are cross curricular and STEM based.  The opportunity to learn about IPTV and PBS resources, as well as how to submit your own qualifying lesson to IPTV for a stipend, will be offered in June at the Johnston Middle School located at 6207 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston, IA 50131. Kris Kilibarda is the keynote speaker for this event. She is highly skilled and knowledgeable in the area of STEM and how STEM presents itself in schools. Following the Keynote, breakout sessions will take place to engage educators and encourage networking and learning.

Please register here by May 31!


8:00 - 8:45 Registration

9:00 - 9:45: Keynote - Kris Kilibarda

9:45 - 10:00 Break (Refreshments Provided) 

10:00 - 10:40 Session 1

10:50 - 11:30 Session 2

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch Provided (Buffet Style 3 Course Meal)

12:30 - 1:10 Session 3

1:20 - 2:00 Session 4

2:10 - 2:50 Session 5

Bio -- Keynote speaker, Kris Kilibarda

Kris Kilibarda - Keynote SpeakerKris Kilibarda, Ed.D. is the Jacobson Endowed Chair and Director of the Jacobson Institute for Innovation in Education at Grand View University. Kris has been active in science education for the past twenty years and began her career as a high school biology and chemistry teacher. She also taught science at the community college and university levels prior to completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on science education and professional development. At Central College, she was an associate professor and education department chair, and was active in promoting and using community-based learning as an instructional pedagogy. At both the high school and college levels, Kris received awards for outstanding teaching and for implementing innovative methods. She is a member of the Iowa Science Leadership Committee, serves on the executive board of the Iowa Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and also served as 2012-13 South Central STEM manager on the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Advisory Council. As manager, she provided more than 150 educators in the South Central region the opportunity to implement exciting STEM programs. She also facilitated business-school connections and co-chaired the committee that proposed the five recently approved STEM-related endorsements to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. As a scientist and a teacher-educator, Kris loves igniting a passion for teaching science and STEM because she knows excited, confident educators are essential for creating the next generation of STEM literate citizens.

Keynote Description

I’m a philosopher, an artist, a musician – I’m not STEM – am I? I’m a scientist, an engineer, a programmer – of course I’m STEM – aren’t I? Through the use of grand global challenges, we will explore the multi-disciplinary nature of STEM and consider how each discipline provides unique and essential worldviews to the STEM equation. We will also explore how educators can play a role in various aspects of the STEM initiative by implementing STEM strategies and supporting STEM efforts in their schools/communities.

Information Regarding Sessions

During each of the scheduled breakout session times, attendees will be able to select from a variety of topics, including Master Teachers modeling their lessons during sessions, and a session that offers an overview of IPTV and PBS resources. All attendees are encouraged to attend the IPTV/PBS session at some point during the day so that they may learn about valuable PreK-12 resources available to them, and about an opportunity to receive $50 by submitting their own STEM lesson.  

Master Teacher Selections

Our Master Teachers were carefully selected from applicants across Iowa. They are highly qualified educators that bring diverse experiences and fields to this institute and the master lessons they will model. The Master Teachers are as follows:

Courtney Hawkins has spent 16 years in education and currently teaches 3rd grade in the Moulton-Udell School District. 

Amanda Brezina has been in the education field for 14 years and currently homeschools her children in grades PreK-3.

Nena Denman comes to us with more than 40 years in education and currently teaches English language learners and reading for grades K-5 in the Des Moines Public Schools.

Aaron Maurer has spent 10 years in education and currently is the instructional coach for grades 6-8 in the Bettendorf Public School system.

Sarah Cox comes to us with 8 years of experience in education and currently teaches science for grades 10-12 in the Woodbine Community School District.

Teresa Smith has spent 24 years in education and currently is the family and consumer science/health teacher for grades 7-12 in the Woodbine Community School District.

Janet Wills has spent 20 years in education and currently teaches social studies for grades 7-12 in Southeast Webster-Grand School District.

Katelyn Buckton comes to us with 3 years of teaching experience and is currently teaching English at East High School in the Des Moines Public School District.

Shawna Harris has been working in the education field for 19 years and is currently the technology integration specialist for grades 2-12, 21st century skills teacher, and the high school web design instructor for the Woodbine Community Schools. 

Nanette Fladung comes to use with 10 years of experience in education and is currently teaching high school science for Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools.

Rae Larson has an amazing 27 years of experience in education and is currently working for Iowa Central Community College.

Audrey Sturtz has been teaching for 3 years and currently teaches science for grades 8-12 for the Manson Northwest Webster School District.

If you have questions, please call 1-515-725-9722 and speak to Angela Hiatt in Educational Services at Iowa Public Television. You may also send an email to

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