One teacher's story: Integrating invention education and intellectual property in the classroom

Reggie Duncan

Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Office of Education on January 31, 2023, 6-7:30 p.m. ET, to hear from Reggie Duncan, an alumnus of the USPTO’s National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI) on innovation, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and intellectual property.

Reggie will share his experience as an educator and participant in the USPTO's professional teacher development programs. He will also provide strategies for engaging students and educators in integrated STEM learning.

Reggie is an education program specialist at the USPTO's Office of Education, where he plans, develops, implements, and evaluates major national educational projects. Prior to joining the USPTO, Reggie was a fifth grade mathematics and science teacher for 14 years. In 2016, Reggie received the Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), which is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government for K-12 teachers of STEM, and is the Illinois PAEMST Alumni Representative. Also, as a Teach Plus Affinity Group Facilitator, he champions the recruitment, support, and retention of educators of color. 

In addition to hearing from Reggie, the USPTO's Office of Education will walk participants through the 2023 NSTI application. NSTI is a multiday professional development opportunity open to K-12 educators.

Join now

The USPTO hosts monthly professional development webinars for K-12 educators interested in integrating intellectual property (IP), innovation, and invention activities into their STEM/STEAM curriculum. Whether you’re a school administrator, teacher, student, parent, or caregiver, you are welcome to join us every month to hear from educators and learn about different types of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. These sessions can help inspire a classroom of problem solvers and shape career choices. Sessions are held by webinar on the last Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. ET.

Visit the USPTO's Office of Education page or email to learn more.

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If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request to the contact information listed above.

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