Professional Development

Northern Illinois University’s Center for P-20 Engagement collaborates with internal and external partners to provide leadership and promote innovation by fostering interdisciplinary learning communities and initiatives which increase educational success.

The STEAM team offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities. From conferences and workshops to custom designed experiences on location, we can work with you to STEAM up your students’ learning.

Our Services

  • Hands-On STEAM Workshops
  • On site coaching and co-teaching
  • Virtual coaching


Several offerings can be delivered at your school or location as a single-day or multi-day experience. Experts from NIU STEAM are always willing to work with you to develop a program that fits your needs.

Whether it is a half-day workshop during a teacher institute day, a series of sessions throughout the school year, collaboration on developing a STEM or STEAM program for your school, or a one-time consultation, our team is happy to work with you to design an experience that will best fit your needs. Contact us to learn more.

  • Half-day or full-day workshops, may also include follow-up sessions
  • Institute day programs
  • Short sessions, perfect for after school, early release or break out sessions
  • Ongoing coaching
  • Informal curriculum development and support

Our team members are experts in a wide variety of STEAM-related fields. Let us share our expertise with you on any of the following topics. Interested in a subject not listed here? Give us a call. We're continuously expanding our professional development offerings.

  • Conducting a STEM Read Field Trip
    • Elementary – 3 hour workshop
    • MS or HS – 5 hour workshop
  • STEM/STEAM and Storytelling
  • Designing Hands-On Labs
  • Gamification
  • Engineering Design
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Informal STEM Teaching Strategies
  • Hacking/Coding
  • Implementing STEM/STEAM Programming
  • Makers and Maker Spaces
  • Robotics
  • Economics and STEM
  • Stock Market Game
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Technology tools and applications to support STEAM