Dr. Beth Dykstra Van Meeteren, Ed.D.

Dr. Beth Dykstra Van Meeteren, Ed.D.

Biography

A veteran early childhood teacher of 24 years and student of Dr. Rheta DeVries, Beth taught six years at DeVries's Freeburg Early Childhood Program. In the process, she developed constructivist early childhood curriculum particularly in the STEM areas. Her work is featured in DeVries's final two publications Ramps and Pathways and Moral Classrooms, Moral Children. Van Meeteren teaches early literacy and STEM integration courses at the University of Northern Iowa and serves as the Director of the Iowa Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education for the state of Iowa where she continues to conduct research, design early STEM experiences, and professional learning. VanMeeteren publishes regularly in practitioner journals and has authored two chapters in the 2016 Teachers College Press publication, STEM Learning with Young Children: Inquiry Teaching with Ramps and Pathways, a chapter in Lyn English and Tamara Moore's Springer publication, Early Engineering Learning and is a co-author of a chapter in the upcoming Handbook of STEM Education Research. She has been featured in webinars for the National Academy of Engineering,Applied Engineering Management, and soon for Engagement Strategies.


Keynote Presentation

Growing STEM in the Heartland:  Preparing Fertile Ground for a New Crop of Innovators