WGBH is looking for the next generation of STEM educators! (deadline: April 11)

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Laura Guertin

Apr 6, 2016, 7:17:59 AM4/6/16
to PAESTA - the Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association

Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms: 
A WGBH Initiative to Design Digital Learning Resources for STEM Learning

DEADLINE: April 11, 2016

WGBH is looking for the next generation of STEM educators!
WGBH, America's premier producer of science content for public media, has been awarded a NASA cooperative agreement* to develop new instructional models and digital media tools for STEM classrooms. Produced by WGBH in collaboration with NASA, these resources will be distributed free of charge through the PBS LearningMedia platform, reaching millions of students and teachers nationally. We're looking for 50 teacher advisors to help us with this mission.

Apply now to become a WGBH/PBS LearningMedia STEM Teacher Advisor, and join us in designing and testing innovative approaches to using digital media for STEM education.
This program is an opportunity for a select group of K-12 science teachers to work with leading media producers and educational researchers to design new ways to engage students around topics in Earth, space, and physical sciences. The main activity will center on the evaluation and testing of instructional modules that incorporate cutting-edge scientific data digital media tools (eg, data visualizations, interactives, virtual field trips, etc.) and address educational standards. 

Who is a good candidate for this advisory position?
  • A full-time, K-12 educator with a passion for using digital technology and media in STEM instruction.
  • A teacher with a desire to gain instructional design experience and share strategies around digital media integration into their curriculum and instruction.
  • A teacher who is currently teaching topics in Earth,  physical, and/or space science.
  • An educator who is interested in and comfortable with collaborating with  peers through digital communication technologies such as Google Hangouts, Skype, and file sharing technologies.

Responsibilities of WGBH/PBS LearningMedia STEM Teacher Advisors:
  • Program commitment from May- December 2016, with time commitment of approximately 5-8 hours per month. 
  • Potential for further advisory opportunities in subsequent project years.
  • Availability during Summer 2016 to review and discuss prototypes of instructional modules at various stages of development . Advisors must be willing to provide feedback on prototypes through virtual focus groups, individual interviews with researchers, and online surveys.
  • Capacity to implement sample instructional modules in your classroom, under realistic conditions with students, through Fall 2016.
  • Capacity to accommodate occasional observers from project team in your classroom.

WGBH/PBS LearningMedia STEM Teacher Advisors will receive:
  • A $500 Honorarium. 
  • Visibility and national recognition assisting a NASA-funded science education project.
  • Professional learning offerings to choose from throughout the project featuring cutting-edge STEM  topics and innovative approaches for utilizing digital media for STEM learning.
  • Expansion of Personal Learning Network (PLN) through connections to a diverse group of co-advisor colleagues nationwide.
  • Early access to the newly-developed STEM materials.

Application Process
The application period is open from Monday, March 21 to Monday, April 11 at 11:59 EDT. 
The application is available online at (click here for application)

Applicants will be notified of selection by May 2. Upon selection, applicants will be asked to submit a C.V., headshot, permissions forms for using quotes and your image, and permission from your administration to participate in this program. These materials are required for final acceptance.

If you have any questions, please email carolyn...@wgbh.org

(*this announcement is from http://www.wgbhteacheradvisors.org/)
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