NC Space Grant is launching the NC Space Education Ambassadors (NCSEA) program to help meet a nationwide need to prepare pre-college students for STEM careers and an equal need for teacher leaders to inspire students. The goal of the NCSEA program is to build a statewide network of master teachers who deliver NASA educational content to their local students, schools, and communities.
Each year, up to 10 in-service classroom educators with a minimum of 3 years of service (from elementary, middle, and high school levels) will be selected from eight education districts across the state. NCSEA Ambassadorships will be competitively awarded, with NCSG reviewing all applications using a rubric to evaluate resumes, letters of recommendation from school administrators, and essays regarding STEM knowledge and passion, especially in engaging underrepresented groups in activities. Each cohort will commit to a one-year period of performance that will commence in summer 2020 and continue throughout the school’s following academic year ending spring 2021.
NC Space Grant will partner with educators from NASA Langley Research Center to provide each NCSEA cohort with intensive professional development in current NASA education themes including: Small Steps to Giant Leaps, Commercial Crew Program, and Moon to Mars. After their initial training, NCSEA will work as a cohort over the next academic year to: (1) align existing materials with the NC Standard Course of Study, (2) develop lesson plans and activities to supplement the Next Gen STEM themes, and (3) disseminate information via two outreach events/workshops to other educators in their schools, districts, or state.
NC Space Education Ambassadors will receive a $1,200 stipend upon successful completion of all required activities. All expenses for the professional development at NASA Langley Research Center (Hampton, Virginia) and the Bridging the Gap Conference (Raleigh, NC) will be covered by the NC Space Grant.
Jobi Cook, Associate Director, 919-515-5933, email@example.com