Objective: To create a partnership that promotes the integration of problem solving, innovation and inventiveness within mainstream high school STEM curricula, while fostering the crossfertilization of innovative teaching methods across K-12 and university level education.
The New Jersey Alliance for Engineering Education (NJAEE), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) GK-12 program, is seeking applications from teachers interested in working with science and engineering graduate students at Stevens Institute of Technology.
NSF developed the GK-12 program recognizing that in addition to being competent researchers, STEM graduate students must be able to communicate science and research to a variety of audiences. To support this goal, the program supports GK-12 Fellows, who develop enhanced communication and teaching skills working alongside high school teachers in the classroom up to 10 hours per week. The graduate students are expected to also inspire broad based scientific discussion in the K-12 learning environments and stimulate interest in science and engineering among the students.
Each teacher assigned to support a Graduate Fellow will provide guidance in the development and delivery of lesson plans, will make use of the Fellow’s science and engineering knowledge in support of classroom and laboratory programs, and will provide the opportunity for the Fellow to deliver lectures in the classroom.
For participating teachers, the program provides a stipend of approximately fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) per year, in addition to tuition coverage of up to three thousand dollars ($3,000), for participation in two - three credit graduate credit classes designed to support the teaching of scientific materials in the classroom. Additional workshops and advanced scientific research seminars will also be provided throughout the year.
In order to attain the maximum benefit of this program your participation will involve the following:
- Working with, and mentoring one science or engineering graduate student who will support you in your classroom ten (10) hours per week.
- Attendance during the spring 2010 term at two research related seminars/workshops (held at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken) to be presented by the Graduate Fellows. Each seminar program will be four (4) hours. The objectives of these seminars will be to expand the scientific knowledge of the participating teachers in areas related to the research work being performed by the Fellows, and to allow you the opportunity to help improve the presentation and communication skills of the Fellows.
- Attendance at two full day workshops during the fall and two workshops during the spring at which time there will be general discussion regarding the status of the GK-12 program and areas of potential improvement. In addition at each of these four workshops, there will also be a 2 – 3 hour lecture provided by Montclair State University covering topics such as: “Developing Critical Thinking: a problem solving skill for teachers and students”; and “Developing Problem Based Learning Activities”
- Providing support to an External Evaluator to assure the provision of timely program evaluation information.
- Participation in a two day “Summer Institute, the purpose of which will be to describe and discuss the GK-12 program, including expectations, potential school activities as related to grade level, subject, students, and curriculum. Also included will be team building with the Graduate Fellows assigned to your school.
A graduate course credit opportunity is also provided to the participating teachers that includes attendance at two – three credit graduate courses (offered as independent study programs and reimbursed through the GK-12 Grant) throughout the fall of 2009 and spring of 2010. The financially supported courses to be offered by Montclair State University include: Innovations in Teaching, and Pedagogy; and The Art & Science of Teaching and Learning. Alternative course attendance will be considered for those cases where the offered material is redundant due to previously attended classes or classroom experience.