ITEEA - CSL Safety Website

Our mission is to promote Technology and Engineering Education as an integral part of STEM education at the elementary, middle and high school levels. 

Safety is an important goal in all academic areas in education. This is especially a concern for activity-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics.) Many national and state academic standards address the need for schools and subject areas to promote student development of knowledge and abilities in a safe learning environment.

By using the resources below and to the extent permitted by law, the teacher, school, school district and state hereby agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless ITEEA- CSL from and against, and in respect to, any and all losses, expenses, costs, obligations, liabilities, and damages, including interest, penalties, and reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses, that ITEEA-CSL may incur as a result of any negligent or willful act of the teacher, school, school system, or state or any of its agents or employees or the failure by the teacher, school, school system or state to perform any of its representations, warranties, commitments, or covenants described herein.

The resources found below are meant to support an existing Technology and Engineering Education Safety Program. Each teacher who uses this information is highly encouraged to work with their school, school system and state to develop a Technology and Engineering Education safety guide and/or laboratory policies and procedures document. It is the sole responsibility of the school and school system to create a safe learning environment.

In order to ensure that each student learns in a safe manner, the teacher must have a written, comprehensive safety program.  Details about this safety program that may be used as a model can be found in Advancing Excellence in Technological Literacy: Student Assessment, Professional Development, and Program Standards (ITEA, 2003) (Standard P-4, Guidelines C, D and E).  Also, Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology (ITEA 2000/2002/2007) addresses the safe use of technological products and systems from Grades K–12 (Standard 12, Benchmarks B, E, I, N and O).

Additionally, teachers must have knowledge and concern about how students work safely in the learning environment. Students should receive instruction on safety that is relevant to the topics being taught. Assessments must accompany the lessons on safety, and records must be kept on student results. The teacher must provide proper supervision while students are working on activities. The teacher must inspect and maintain equipment and tools so that they are in proper working order. Parents should be informed about the subject in which their child is enrolled and educated about the safety program that is being utilized. The teacher must develop a safety checklist to assure safe conditions and procedures are being followed in the classroom/laboratory.

Each Technology and Engineering Teacher is responsible for the training of safe practices in their laboratory / classroom. A safety program consists of more than lecturing and posting safety rules and regulations. It includes instruction that actively involves the students in learning and choosing behaviors that promote the safe and proper use of equipment within the laboratory / classroom. The implementation and promotion of safe practices in the laboratory / classroom to prevent incidents and injuries to students is the sole responsibility of the Technology and Engineering Education Teacher.

Additional Safety Resources :

The following study guides were developed as companion to the video series of safety.

ITEEA-CSL Board President:

RJ Dake, Kansas State Department of Education

Seldom do we appreciate the full contributions of the “behind the scenes” teams that make sure things get done and rarely ask for recognition they deserve. For those of you who are not aware, much of December, January, and part of February I spent battling serious illness, ailments initiated by stress and then compounded. When one of our leadership discovered my situation, he stepped in, engaged others and together they made sure events were planned and managed for the coming conference.

Most of us in leadership roles, myself included, would prefer to forget/move on/distance ourselves from events like these. They are humiliating to watch, even more to experience… it is easier to turn away, walk away, or disassociate. That is why it is so important to honor the courage illustrated by these … your leaders. Just as important is to follow their example, when faced in your work environment.

Historically, attention has been focused on efficiency, winning, moving up, and on removing the complexity or short term costs of humane management. That “efficiency” is myopic. Though we are beginning to turn a critical corner as we recognize efficiencies highlighted by Daniel Pink, Clay Shirky, and others in their work on collaboration and motivation, we are “not there yet.”
That brings me to my invitation to you. I am asking you to exceed the opportunity to be a good manager by becoming a great leader, to respectfully engage even the employee who is the “least” on your team, to pay a price to be humane, to look far beyond today or tomorrow and into the future. Leave a legacy that at the end of your tenure or the end of your life will be proud of your means.

ITEEA is a family … our Council of Supervision and Leadership offers opportunity to show those new to our field how to develop leaders, elevate our profession, empower our youth, and ensure our future. Take the example shown me and believe it to others … even if the onlookers have nothing to offer you! What they learn will make life better for those following.

RJ Dake ,
Education Program Consultant,
Kansas State Department of Education

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Board of Directors

  • President Elect:
    Luke Rhine, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Past President:
    Matt Strinden, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
  • ITEEA Board Representative:
    Steve Parrott, Illinois State Department of Education
  • Secretary / Treasurer:
    Barry Burke, STEM Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Membership Chair :
    Johnny Moye, Chesapeake Public Schools