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Opportunity for USA STEAM Educators to Participate in a Professional Training Program in Washington, DC

Teacher Innovator Institute


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
185076

Funding Source
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Geographic Focus
All USA

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/17/23
Deadline: 01/15/24 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Opportunity for USA middle-school STEAM teachers to participate in a professional training program in Washington, DC. The training program helps teachers gain new skills, incorporate informal education into their curriculum, and collaborate with other STEAM educators from across the United States.

Spend two weeks in Washington, DC, working with education and STEAM experts to explore the connections between informal STEAM education and authentic learning. Propose and develop goals for professional development, gain the skills to incorporate museum learning into your practice, and meet colleagues from around the country. There is no cost for teachers to participate and most expenses are paid by the Museum.

The National Air and Space Museum's Teacher Innovator Institute (TII) will welcome teachers from across the United States in Summer 2024. Teachers will remain with the program for two summers, returning to Washington, DC, in year two to reconnect, develop their practice, and mentor the newest class of Teacher Innovators.

During their time in Washington, DC, and during the school year, teachers will focus on authentic learning, including the incorporation of real-world problems, open-ended inquiry, and hands-on, student-driven practices. Cohort members will work to define the term as it relates to their practice and design content around it as they progress through the program. 

Through hands-on activities, museum tours, visits to other museums, group work, and expertise from museum educators and content experts, teachers will use aerospace science, history, and technology to shape their ideas about authentic learning and bring informal education techniques into their classrooms. 

As a part of the application process, teachers will be asked to propose a plan for development of their practice, both as professionals and as a member of their school community.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Middle School (grades 5-8) STEAM teachers who have an interest in expanding their practice to include informal education techniques. Ideal candidates are classroom teachers who plan on teaching for several years after TII. Efforts will be made to enroll a cohort that supports a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment. Early career educators, educators of color, LGBTQ+ educators, educators with disabilities, and educators working in the public sector, particularly Title I schools, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Want to learn more about TII and get tips on your application? Join us for a live info session with program staff and TII alumni. The 75 minute sessions will include application tips, program information, and time for Q&A.

- Monday, November 13, 2023 at 8:30 pm ET: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/j/81598655550?pwd=VVZYR2VRWXBSeEprNndZY1l5TjZXUT09

- Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 8:30 pm ET: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/j/83982531220?pwd=eTg1ektrOWtpb0pnMzljaTM5ejVJZz09

Pre-Application Information
The TII application for the 2024 cohort will open on October 1, 2023 and remain open until 11:59pm EST on January 15, 2024. Applications will be reviewed and all candidates will be notified by March 15, 2024.

Number of Grants
Up to 30

Estimated Size of Grant
What is Provided:
- There is no cost for teachers to participate. Teachers are provided with lodging, food, and travel.
- During the institute, teachers will be given special museum experiences and access to content experts in both informal education and aerospace content.
- Participants will also have opportunities to connect with their cohort and museum staff several times during the school year.

Term of Contract
Teachers will remain with the program for two summers, returning to Washington, DC in year two to reconnect, develop their practice, and mentor the newest class of Teacher Innovators. TII Teachers accepted in 2024 will be onsite in Washington, DC July 8-19, 2024 and July 14-25, 2025.

Contact Information
The TII application for the 2024 cohort will open on October 1, 2023.

Contact:
baldiolism@si.edu
bourjailyhr@si.edu

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