CPALMS Integrated STEM Lesson Development Program

The CPALMS Integrated STEM MEA Lesson Development Program provides professional development to K-12 educators on how to write high-quality integrated STEM lessons using Model-Eliciting Activities. The program consists of a mix of online and face-to-face instruction. An introductory webinar is offered, an on-site workshop will follow in your area, and the program concludes with a follow-up webinar. By the end of the program, participants will have published two MEAs on CPALMS, with the option of a third for an additional stipend. Training is personalized, depending on participants’ subject area and grade level. We also offer a version of the workshop entirely online as a webinar series.

Key benefits of the program

The Integrated STEM MEA Lesson Development Program has already benefitted hundreds of teachers across the state of Florida. The following quotes highlight some of these benefits.

Learning how to create interdisciplinary lessons
I will use MEA’s in my lesson planning this year. They are a great way to integrate other subject areas into a unit. - CPALMS Extreme Retreat MEA workshop participant

I learned a lot about MEAs. I love the way they can integrate subject areas and encourage higher level thinking and collaboration!” - Hillsborough K-5 summer workshop participant

Professional growth
Personal and professional growth. After twenty years of classroom experience this training has reinvigorated my thinking process toward how to go from concept to classroom.” - Volusia 6-12 summer workshop participant

Participation in this workshop was beneficial to me in that it will make me grow as a teacher. I have learned a very rigorous method of creating meaningful activities for my students and I am more aware of resources available through CPALMS.” - Miami-Dade 6-12 summer workshop participant

Increasing understanding of standards
I wrote lessons that incorporate math, science and/or language arts standards. Getting more familiar with the standards and how to integrate them is very helpful for a classroom teacher.” - Hillsborough K-5 summer workshop participant

Writing instruction with state standards and more effectively planning lessons for teachers.” - Miami-Dade 6-12 summer workshop participant

Using MEAs for teaching and learning
I learned what a model-eliciting activity is and how to plan and implement one. I think I will be more effective as a teacher and my students will benefit directly from this new knowledge.” - Volusia K-5 summer workshop participant

Planning to use the MEA's in my classroom directly and share them with other teachers in my department.” - Broward 6-12 MEA workshop participant


Program objectives

Following the Integrated STEM MEA Lesson Development Program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purposes of MEAs and how they can be used in the classroom
  • Identify the main shifts in the mathematics and English/language arts standards
  • Choose a topic based on selected standards
  • Construct high-quality lesson components (e.g., assessment)
  • Construct a problem statement and twist that meets the six principles for an MEA
  • Create open-ended, grade-appropriate data
  • Write publication-quality MEA lessons for CPALMS
  • Review MEAs according to MEA and CPALMS lesson criteria
  • Use the CPALMS lesson planning tool to submit MEA lessons

Program incentives

  • Professional development in creating high-quality, standards-driven Model Eliciting Activities
  • Opportunity for participants to attain publication credits for their professional resumes with published MEA lesson plans
  • A monetary stipend for completing lessons

How to get involved?

We welcome K-12 teachers, curriculum specialists, and other educators to fill out the following form to indicate your interest in the program. We will notify you when a workshop becomes available in your area. We also hold a webinar series as an alternative to the face-to-face workshop on an ongoing basis.

If you are a school/district supervisor and would like to arrange a workshop for a group of educators, please also fill out the form below and we will contact you with additional information.