Category Archives: Educator Institute

Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Johnson Space Center – Application Deadline March 15, 2012

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-week summer residential session for early childhood and elementary education majors preparing to teach in an elementary or middle school classroom. Three institutes will take place this year: June 18-22 (for Houston and surrounding areas), June 24-30 and July 8-14, 2012. All events will take place at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

College students from diverse backgrounds will be exposed to aerospace, mathematics and science enrichment activities. Pre-service teachers are able to interface with NASA personnel and tour Johnson Space Center facilities while learning to incorporate NASA’s cutting-edge research into lesson plans for elementary and intermediate school students.

Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year are invited to apply. The application period closes on March 15, 2012. For more information, visit http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/psti/index.htm.

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI): August 1-12, 2011

The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI) is a two-week summer residential program for college students who are preparing to teach in elementary or middle schools. The program is designed to increase students’ skills in teaching mathematics and science, while incorporating technology in the curriculum. This is achieved through the development of a problem-based learning (PBL) aerospace theme. Each student is assigned to an Institute Flight Team. Students develop a lesson that they teach to children from a local school and will teach in an elementary or middle school when they return home. PSTI will be held August 1-12, 2011 and financial support is provided to all participants upon successful completion of all requirements of the two-week Institute.

Please see this link for an application and more information: http://www.aeroi.org/University.php

Satellite Educators Association Conference XXIII – August 12-14, 2010

Join the Satellite Educators Association for an education conference being held Aug. 12-14, 2010, in Los Angeles, Calif. The annual conference is for educators interested in discovering ways to use satellites and related technologies in the classroom. Participants learn ways to help students appreciate and understand the complex interrelationships among science, technology, individuals, societies and the environment. Conference attendees learn to develop and apply inquiry and technology skills to study authentic questions and problems.

The conference is hosted by California State University, Los Angeles. The event is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, COSEE-West (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

For more information, visit http://www.sated.org/

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

2010 NASA Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program – Deadline April 30, 2010

The 2010 NASA Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program is currently accepting applications. The program kicks off with a weeklong teacher professional development workshop July 6-10, 2010, at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Ill.

The workshop will focus on in-depth learning experiences in Earth, space and physical science topics for educators teaching in middle school grades. The goal of this program is for participants to gain a better understanding of these content areas and develop the capacity to train other teachers on NASA Heliophysics science and educational resources.

Lodging support for out-of-town participants and stipends for all participants are available.

Applications are due April 30, 2010.

For more information about the Heliophysics Educator Ambassador Program and how to apply, visit http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/education/pd/index.shtml#workshops

GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS (GccIFT) – June 21-24, 2010

What: Climate Change Workshop for Teachers
Where: Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
When: June 21-24, 2010
Who: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 teachers in Oregon; priority given to groups of teachers from the same school

Costs: Participation in the Institute is funded by NASA. Professional development units, graduate credits, and overnight housing available (email gccift@wou.edu for more details).

What to expect:
-Learn more about what global climate change is, and how it will impact the Pacific NW
-Increase your understanding of key scientific principles underlying the climate system
-Find out how global climate change connects with national Climate Literacy Principles, Oregon Science standards, and Oregon Social Studies standards
-Participate in lessons and hands-on activities suitable for use in K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 classrooms that will help you create interdisciplinary climate change curriculum modules
-Interact with scientists involved with climate change research
-Examine children’s climate change related books and how literacy can be integrated with global climate change curriculum activities
-Receive copies of the activities, learn how to access resources on the GccIFT website
-Each participant or school will receive equipment and supplies to take with you based on the number of teachers from their school or district that attend the entire institute
-Institute includes planning time to explore ways GCCE can be implemented
-Possible follow up school visit and assistance from GccIFT staff during the 2010-11 school year

Pre-registration required. Request pre-registration information from Dr. William Schoenfeld or Dr. Adele Schepige at gccift@wou.edu

Applications Open for Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Johnson Space Center – Deadline March 15, 2010

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a two-week summer residential session for early childhood and elementary education majors preparing to teach in an elementary or middle school classroom. The event will take place July 12-23, 2010, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

College students from diverse backgrounds will be exposed to aerospace, mathematics and science enrichment activities. Pre-service teachers are able to interface with NASA personnel and tour Johnson Space Center facilities while learning to incorporate NASA’s cutting-edge research into lesson plans for elementary and intermediate school students.

Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year are invited to apply.

The application period closes on March 15, 2010. For more information, visit http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/psti/default.htm

Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers (ASSET) – Deadline February 12, 2010

The Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers, or ASSET, is being held July 18-24, 2010, at San Francisco State University. ASSET will feature presentations by leading astrobiology researchers from the SETI Institute, NASA and the California Academy of Sciences. Scientists will share the latest in astrobiology research on the origin of life on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, Mars exploration, the formation of planetary systems around sun-like stars, and the search for life in the universe.

The 6-day workshop features a combination of cutting-edge science, inquiry-based teaching and learning, and leadership skills development to support teachers and teacher trainers.

Participants receive the entire Voyages Through Time curriculum and complementary astrobiology materials, developed by NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, for use in their classrooms.

Applications are due Feb. 12, 2010.
For more information, visit http://www.seti.org/epo/ASSET

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