Why do this

Get equipped to integrate these concepts into your curriculum through the Jacobson Institute's professional development for secondary teachers. This training and corresponding curriculum toolkits -- backed by the research expertise of the University of Iowa -- will prepare you to embed the concepts in your work. So you can confidently teach the innovation and entrepreneurship concepts you know will help students succeed.

The problem-finders and problem-solvers are ready to succeed in college and careers. You know they need transferable skills for the 21st century.  The Jacobson Institute professional development programs help you gain training in innovation, inventiveness and entrepreneurship.  We help you help your students develop problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork and resiliency.


STEM Innovator®professional development assists teachers in designing their learning environments to infuse innovation and entrepreneurial thinking into their STEM offerings. Learn to build partnerships with business, industry, and nonprofit organizations, so your students can work on real-life problems relevant to your community. Employ the latest teaching methodologies to build innovative environments for students to demonstrate future-ready skills for college and career success.

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STEM Innovator®


BizInnovator® takes business and marketing teachers on a deep dive into the latest methodologies for teaching entrepreneurship. Learn how to incorporate Design Thinking and the Lean Startup method, including Business Model Canvas and Customer Discovery. Design or redesign your entrepreneurship class, making it more hands-on and problem-focused.

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Diane Fickel

Teacher Spotlight

Diane Fickel, business teacher

“Allowing students to learn through hands-on experiences is motivational for students and teachers who use STEM Innovator®and BizInnovator. I like how my classroom comes ALIVE when my students are given the opportunity to engage in the process and in the outcome of their learning. Everybody wins.”