Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy Supports STEM Instruction

By Chemical Processing Staff

Oct 11, 2016

Applications are now being accepted for the second annual Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy. 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. This year, the Academy, which is administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), will support 25 teachers located in school districts in select Northrop Grumman communities.

Teachers selected for the program—who will be known as Teacher Fellows—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, where they will discuss teaching strategies for integrating effective and authentic engineering design practices in their classroom;
  • Attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles, March 30-April 2, 2017, where they will 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 where they will 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.

Middle school physical science, engineering and technology teachers, located in school districts in select Northrop Grumman communities, who have at least two years of middle school teaching experience and have a strong desire to advance engineering and technology education by applying real-world applications in the classroom, can apply to become a Teacher Fellow.

For more information, visit: www.nsta.org