STEM Innovator® - Part I: Introduction to Innovation & Entrepreneurship ENTR 9600 0WKA 1.5 quarter credit through District 196 or 1 semester credit co-sponsored by The University of Iowa & District 196 Innovation occurs across all sectors of the U.S.; however, many schools do not teach the process of innovation. This leads many students unprepared for post-secondary education and jobs of the future. The innovation process also empowers students with a powerful set of social and emotional skills (ingenuity, resilience, empathy, creativity, teamwork, problem-solving, and communication) to apply to their life, regardless of what area of study or profession they eventually choose. This course is the first in a six-part sequence to engage educators in the innovation and entrepreneurial process using the University of Iowa’s STEM Innovator® platform. This national program is research-driven and leading the nation in rethinking how education occurs for our most marginalized students. Educators will be empowered to embed innovation into existing programs. In Part I we will explore the beginning elements of innovation as we engage in activities that educators will modify for implementation into their grade level and core subject areas. Along the way, you will be mentored by ISD #196 educators who have completed STEM Innovator® certification. This is a great intro class to take with other staff from your school! You don’t need to take all six parts, but you just might want to. *District graduate quarter credits can be used for movement on the salary schedule but generally will not transfer from district to district. Course approval forms need to be completed. ** Individuals at MA+60 may audit any courses for $25.00 per quarter credit. Individuals “auditing” classes are expected to complete class assignments For an additional $149.00 fee an individual may obtain 1 semester graduate credit from The University of Iowa. University of Iowa credit can be used for movement on the salary schedule, generally do transfer to other districts, and may qualify for licensure endorsements or graduate program requirements. Participants must first apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student Apply to Iowa. You will submit an official transcript. Once admitted, you will register for the course and be invoiced.