The program, designed specifically for middle school teachers (grades 5-8), was established to help enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence in science, engineering and technology, while increasing teacher understanding about the skills needed for a scientifically literate workforce. Administered by NSTA, this year’s program will support 25 teachers located in school districts in select Northrop Grumman communities.
“We are thrilled to start year two of the academy and are very pleased with the first year and the feedback we received from the teachers,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, Northrop Grumman Foundation president and Northrop Grumman vice president of global corporate responsibility.
“Last year’s experiences are helping our teacher fellows to enhance their classroom instruction and engage future diverse, talented STEM students,” she added. “We look forward to supporting our educators through the academy in their quest for developing and sustaining our children’s interest in STEM.”
“Through the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy middle school teachers get a first-hand look at the application of science and engineering practices that they can then use with their students,” NSTA Executive Director Dr. David Evans said. “By supporting teachers and providing this unique fellowship experience, we have the opportunity to enrich STEM teaching and learning for hundreds of students with the goal of igniting interest and inspiring more careers in science, engineering and technology.”
Teachers selected for the program will participate in a number of science-, engineering- and technology-related activities and professional learning opportunities.
During their fellowship, recipients will:
- Participate in a five-day workshop at a Northrop Grumman facility during the summer of 2017, discussing teaching strategies for integrating effective and authentic engineering design practices in their classroom;
- Attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles and engage in the latest instructional practices related to the Next Generation Science Standards;
- Participate in an immersive, 80-hour externship at a local Northrop Grumman facility and be partnered with an engineer/technologist to observe and experience critical workforce skills in action;
- Develop lesson(s)/units that integrate an authentic and real-world application linked to their externship experiences; and
- Develop tools/resources to share with colleagues to help build capacity for engineering and technology instruction within their schools and districts.
The teacher fellows will also receive a comprehensive NSTA membership package and an opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional learning activities, including a specially designated online learning community.
Click here for more information about the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy or to learn how to apply. Applications are due Nov. 11, 2016.