GPM Master Teachers

Join the GPM Master Teachers Cohort for the 2015 - 2016 School Year

 

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is looking for a small cadre of "GPM Master Teachers" to learn about NASA Earth Science missions, share “Best Practices” and ideas for integrating The GLOBE Program into their classes and centers, learning the science and engineering behind NASA Earth Science missions from the scientists and engineers themselves, and trying out various NASA-unique educational resources with their students. 

Teachers at work in the field.

Selected teachers will earn a stipend of $2,000 for their participation, which will run from Sept. 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. All training and participation will take place online. It is anticipated that teachers will spend approximately 10 hours per month working on this collaborative project. We do expect that participants will share what they learn with other teachers and professionals, and will lead at least two outreach activities during the school year.

Our home planet is a complex, dynamic system that we do not yet fully understand. The Earth system includes many components that interact in complex ways. We need to understand the Earth's atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere as a single connected system. Our planet is changing in many ways, and measuring these changes is vital to increasing our understanding of our planet. The purpose of NASA's Earth science program is to “develop a scientific understanding of Earth's system and its response to natural or human-induced changes, and to improve prediction of climate, weather, and natural hazards.”

In addition to learning about NASA’s Earth science missions, GPM Master Teachers will be expected to do the following:

  • Participate in monthly webinars
  • Pilot NASA educational resources and provide feedback
  • Collaborate with fellow GPM Master Teachers on ways to integrate NASA Earth science content and resources in your ongoing instruction
  • Disseminate information about NASA and GPM’s educational resources to their peers
  • Host a NASA Earth science event at some point during the year (examples include a family science night, program for scouts or an afterschool club, library program, etc.)
  • Share “Best Practices” for integrating The GLOBE Program into their ongoing curriculum
Master teachers at work

This competitive opportunity is open to elementary, middle, and high school teachers. We are seeking “Master” teachers (those who have successfully taught for at least five years, and who have demonstrated the ability to collaborate in Professional Learning Communities within their school district and/or at the state/national level).

To submit an application, please send the following items to dorian.w.janney@nasa.gov by August 17th:  

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing why you feel you would be an asset to this program
  • Letter of support from principal or education coordinator
  • Up to one page listing some ideas you have for how you could use NASA Earth science mission content and The GLOBE Program resources in your classroom next year. 

This competitive opportunity is open to elementary, middle and high school teachers, as well as college professors and those who work in informal education settings. GPM is seeking "master" teachers (those who have successfully taught for at least five years and who have demonstrated the ability to collaborate in professional learning communities within their school district and/or at the state/national level).

Teachers who are actively involved in The GLOBE Program will have priority for being accepted into this cohort.

Please contact Dorian Janney with any questions that might arise.

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