Educator Opportunities


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Become a Rocketeer 

Black Rocket Productions, a rapidly growing education company specializing in digital arts, S.T.E.M. and video game design, is hiring Regional Supervisors for their summer technology camps. We teach children various types of digital arts programs at locations in your area.

Summer classes are typically held in community colleges in the surrounding suburbs of Baltimore; Rockville, Bel Aire, Annapolis, Essex & Catonsville AND Virginia - Richmond, Charlottesville, Warrenton & Middletown to name a few.

Each new hire will be required to attend a paid Black Rocket training program during evening hours or on weekends. When training is complete, supervisors will be expected to have gained a general understanding of most content areas, scheduling, the Black Rocket Approach, company culture, and site policies.

Black Rocket Job Opportunities


 

Opportunities for K-12 Educators

Faculty and Administration


 

NASA ESTEEM - formerly known as Innovation in Climate Education

The NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) project, managed at Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, includes a portfolio of 71 climate education initiatives that span across the nation and contribute to the development of a climate-literate public and a climate-related STEM workforce. More information on the projects can be found in the “Project Portfolio” section of the NICE website. Our portfolio of projects is extremely diverse; however all projects share a common element – they all make use of NASA Earth observation data and/or Earth system models in their education work. This community of educators, working together, expects to significantly contribute to increasing the climate literacy of the United States public.

NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) at the Virginia Air and Space Center is open Monday-Saturday 10-5.The ERC provides Educators with FREE instructional information, materials, consultations and training workshops on NASA educational products for all grade levels. The ERC for Virginia is located at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton.

Educator Guide for 2014-15

Educational Resources


Teacher Resources

Outreach Programs

Teacher Workshops
Workshops can be arranged for your educational needs. From half-day to full-day programs, we have many offerings addressing the major curriculum strands in the Virginia Standards of Learning from kindergarten through grade 9. A minimum of four weeks notice and 10 participants is required. 

Can’t travel to the Science Center?
Most of our workshops can come to your school – a minimum of 12 participating teachers is required. Workshops topics are ProjectWET, ProjectWILD, Project Underground and Project Learning Tree. All of these environmentally based workshops are SOL-correlated and appropriate for teachers of all grade levels. Prices vary by program.

Virginia P. Laubinger Resource Center
Our Resource center is stocked with educator guides, lithographs, posters, computers and other materials to assist you on a variety of topics – including earth science, technology and space science.


Martinson Center for Mathematics and Science

Mission:

The Martinson Center for Mathematics and Science's (MCMS) mission is to improve the quality of mathematics and science teaching in public and private schools in the Tidewater region by promoting the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and habits of mind necessary for student literacy in math and science. Therefore, MCMS is committed to:

  • helping teachers acquire content knowledge and strategies for use in the classroom to develop students' critical and creative thinking, and problem solving.
  • helping teachers and students use their intelligence and gifts for the common good.
  • serving and supporting schools and school divisions in the area of math and science.
  • supporting the individual needs of students, teachers, and the community.

Workshops & Institutes

Resources for Educators

 Examples of Resources Provided:

  • Bringing Literacy to Life Through Children's Literature
  • Children's Literature in Math
  • Children's Literature in Science

 The Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) works in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program to strengthen and advance the field of professional informal science education and its infrastructure by providing resources for practitioners, researchers, evaluators and STEM-based professionals. CAISE also facilitates conversation, connection and collaboration across the ISE field — including in media (TV, radio, and film), science centers and museums, zoos and aquariums, botanical gardens and nature centers, cyberlearning and gaming, and youth, community, and out of school time programs.


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Project Lead the Way

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. Our world-class curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate and community partners, help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in our global economy.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we deliver PLTW programs to more than 5,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. PLTW schools can be found in rural, urban, and suburban districts; across all income levels; as well as in public, private, and charter schools.

PLTW’s success in preparing students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed has been recognized by colleges and universities, Fortune 500 businesses, and numerous national organizations including Change the Equation, the Social Impact Exchange, and more.

Programs


City of Colonial Heights Public Schools - Where Quality Education is a Step Ahead

Colonial Heights Public Schools Technology or STEM Professional Development


Longwood University Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP)

The mission of ITTIP is to transform teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms in Virginia through the use of technology by providing high-quality professional development for educators, in order to maximize the learning experiences and opportunities of K-12 students for a globally competitive workforce.

Learning Resources

Free Courses


Plan a Field Trip


MIT offers nearly all of their course materials for free online through MIT OpenCourseWare. By opening syllabi, video lectures, problem sets, and exams to the public, the university provides opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing among educators.

The Highlights for High School site highlights the materials most relevant for high schoolers, including labs and videos to supplement high school classes and preparation materials for the Advanced Placement exams in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics. Click here for an introduction to the site for high school teachers.


 NSF ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

The National Science Foundation is offering grants to spark institutional transformation in academia by increasing the representation of women, in particular women of minority backgrounds, in the science and engineering workforce. An estimated total of $11,000,000 will be awarded to 20 institutions across three categories of projects: Institutional Transformation (IT), Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT Catalyst), and Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks (PLAN). All community colleges and primarily undergraduate institutions are encouraged to apply, but the program has a particular focus on working with minority-serving institutions.

A webinar will be held July 8 to explain recent changes in the program, as well as to present sample projects. Participants will have the opportunity to have questions answered. Click here to register for the webinar.

 


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Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA)

The VTEEA contains an overwhelming caliber of technology and engineering education programs, teachers, advisors, and students. Our main purpose is to increase the awareness of technology and engineering education and its affiliated organizations.

Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA)