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What is the Endeavor Project?
The NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project awards highly competitive one-year fellowships to 50 current and prospective teachers across the Nation. Funding authorization for the Project is provided through the NASA Endeavor Teacher Fellowship Trust Fund as a tribute to the dedicated crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The Project is sponsored by NASA, collaborates with various state departments of education and is administered by U.S. Satellite Laboratory, Inc.
Endeavor Fellows take five graduate courses in an innovative, live (online) format from the comfort of their home or school. They learn to apply research-based pedagogical strategies and cutting-edge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) content to their classroom contexts while becoming a part of an esteemed network of like-minded educators across the Nation forming an online community of practice. NASA Endeavor Fellows will be awarded a Certificate in STEM education from Teachers College, Columbia University. The Certificate is one of completion; all graduate credit is awarded by regionally-accredited higher education partners. NASA Endeavor works in partnership with Departments of Education so that coursework may count toward recertification or, perhaps, new certification.
The blended synchronous and asynchronous model for the online courses, which integrates content from each of NASA's Mission Directorates, gives participants the best of both worlds: working with challenging science and education content along with expert instructors and scientists in the laboratory and in the field, and studying independently with coursework tailored to individual needs. Each course includes take-away materials proven for the classroom. NASA Endeavor Fellows also earn a special Leadership Distinction designation for scaling up their practice within their district or state.
What do I get?
The Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project provides course fees and graduate credit from regionally accredited college partners, course materials, and a stipend for resources, as well as the NASA Endeavor Certificate in STEM Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Fellows receive extensive ongoing support, as well as assistance and mentoring with meeting state requirements to be deemed highly qualified, earn additional endorsements, etc. The Endeavor Fellowship Project staff works with State Departments of Education. Fellows also network and receive support from like-minded educators and Endeavor Alumni from across the Nation.
Collectively, fellows engage students of varying grades, levels of ability, and English proficiency through diverse teaching and learning styles. The courses blend content with pedagogical content knowledge. Incorporating authentic data and using technology as a tool for learning provide a springboard for cultivating problem solving skills and inspiring student research projects.
What is the Time Commitment?
Full-time teachers may register for up to two (2) classes per semester. Courses are offered during Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters. Teachers who take sabbatical from the classroom may register for three (3). During Spring 2012, pre-service and alternate route educators may only participate in a live, online seminar series; their courses will begin in Summer or Fall 2012.
Like all graduate courses, Endeavor courses require diligence. For each course, participants must attend the associated live meetings online (4-6 sessions, depending on the course). The self-paced work may be derived from classroom practice or implementation, or it may include a combination of other content and education-based assignments.
It is expected that full-time teachers will complete the 5 courses within 18 months to earn their Certificate in STEM Education.
What else should I know?
Endeavor courses prepare educators to effectively integrate and teach STEM content and achieve results with their students. Each Fellow works with a mentor to develop an individual plan for their students that includes best practices of STEM Education. Each will implement their own Action Research study to examine the effectiveness of materials and strategies, or will earn a Leadership Distinction on their STEM Certificate. The ultimate goal of the Endeavor Project is for educators to become highly qualified science teachers in their state and to enact change in their classroom, school, and school district. Fellows who are already highly qualified may seek additional endorsements.
In addition to taking courses, Fellows may choose to compete for optional two-week assignments at NASA Centers working with scientists and educators over the summer, earning credit. Endeavor Fellows are offered other special opportunities. The special Endeavor Online Community is a meaningful and interactive vehicle from which participants will gain insights and knowledge over many years. The project will contribute to the literature and be on the forefront of research and the most practical ways for educators to be successful with integrated STEM learning in their classrooms.
Who Should Apply?
The NASA Endeavor Fellowship is appropriate for a wide audience of formal educators, including elementary generalists, middle or high school science content experts, math educators, technology educators, pre-service science educators or special educators. Educators in STEM area disciplines are encouraged to apply. Others include those working for alternative teaching certification in science and interested in improving their science pedagogy, content knowledge and awareness of research in scientific fields.
Full-time teachers may apply. Teachers seeking their first science endorsement or endorsements in additional science content areas are especially encouraged to apply.
Pre-service or alternative route educators who are in the final semester of their certification program in Spring or Summer 2012 are encouraged to apply.
The NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project Fellowships are open to U.S. Educators in all states and territories, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and DoDEA Schools. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
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