Helping Student-Teachers Teach Space Science

Helping Student-Teachers Teach Space Science – Travel Costs & Stipend Provided

Here’s an exciting opportunity for middle school science teachers who will have a student teacher in their class in each of the next two years.

The project goal is to help future teachers learn how to effectively include space science topics in their future classes by supporting supervising through training opportunities and classroom-ready materials.

The NASA-sponsored AMANTISS (Advancing Mentor and Novice Teachers in Space Science) project is sponsoring 32 teachers to attend AMANTISS training in August, 10-12, 2010 at Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California, featuring the new GEMS Space Science Sequence for Grades 6-8! They invite you to submit an application, or send this advertisement on to an interested colleague.

The grant provides the following for each selected mentor teacher:

  • workshop fees and travel expenses paid to attend the August 2010 workshop in Berkeley
  • one complete GEMS materials kit and teacher’s guide for the GEMS Space Science Sequence for Grades 6-8 participants to keep
  • another complete GEMS materials kit and teachers guide for the GEMS Space Science Sequence for Grades 6-8 for their pre-service teachers to take with them to their future classrooms
  • travel expenses to attend the 2012 NSTA National Conference joining other AMANTISS teachers
  • a $300 stipend for their final year of participation
  • a supportive network of other supervising teachers

Interested teachers can find an informational flyer and application here: http://lhsgems.org/AMANTISS.html

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Must be a supervising (mentor) teacher for a pre-service student (novice) teacher in their charge at the middle school level in each of the two years, 2010/11 and 2011/12.
  2. Attend the mandatory summer institute, August 10-12, 2010 at Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California
  3. Commit to teaching the GEMS Space Science Sequence for Grades 6-8 in its entirety while guiding their student teacher(s) through the use of these materials during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. We imagine you will have a different pre-service teacher for one semester in each of the two years.
  4. Commit to participation in the evaluation component of the project, which may include surveys, site visits, and pre-post questionnaires.
  5. Must be willing to remain involved over the life of this 2-year project, with a culminating trip to the National Science Teachers Association Conference in March of 2012 where you will be a part of a Symposium sharing lessons learned throughout the life of the project. A stipend of up to $1,250 to cover travel costs to attend the conference will be provided.

** Note: teachers who work with under-served and under-represented students will have an advantage in the selection process.
Application spaces are open until filled, so act quickly!
For questions or additional information, please contact:
Laura Tucker, GEMS Network and Professional Development Coordinator ltucker@berkeley.edu 360/379-5235

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