NSTA, Northrop Grumman Open Applications for Teachers Academy
The Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy is now accepting applications to its second annual professional
development program for middle school science, engineering and
The Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) developed the teachers academy with the goal of enhancing
"teacher confidence and classroom excellence in science, engineering
and technology, while increasing teacher understanding about the skills
needed for a scientifically literate workforce," according to a news
The program will accept 25 teachers from school
districts located in select Northrop Grumman communities. Applicants
must have at least two years of experience teaching physical science,
engineering or technology to middle school students (grades 5 to
8), and they must demonstrate a "strong desire to advance
engineering and technology education by applying real-world
applications in the classroom."
Teachers accepted to the program will receive:
- Membership with full benefits in the NSTA;
- Opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional learning activities;
- Paid travel, accommodation, meal and registration costs for the 2017 National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles, CA from March 28 to April 1, 2017;
five-day summer workshop on pedagogical strategies for effective
integration of authentic engineering design practices in their
- An 80-hour immersive externship at a local Northrop
Grumman facility where they will be partnered with an engineer or
technologist to observe and experience critical STEM content and skills
- Opportunity to develop lesson plans and units that
integrate an authentic and "real-world" application linked to the
externship experiences; and
- Opportunity to develop tools and
resources for engineering and technology instruction to share with
colleagues within their schools and districts.
The deadline for applications is Nov. 11, 2016. Further information and an online application form can be found on the National Science Teachers Association's site.
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