ARLINGTON, Va.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announced the selection of the 2016-2017 Teacher Fellows for the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy. Selected from targeted areas across the country, the 25 middle school teachers (grades 5-8) will participate in a number of science, engineering, and technology-related activities and professional learning opportunities.
“We are excited to welcome our second class of Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy Fellows”
“We are excited to welcome our second class of Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy Fellows,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, vice president, Global Corporate Responsibility, Northrop Grumman and President, the Northrop Grumman Foundation. “These distinguished educators play a critical role in igniting the naturally inquisitive nature of today’s youth. We hope that participation in the Academy and the partnership with local Northrop Grumman sites will provide them with additional tools and resources needed to explore the exciting fields of science, technology, engineering and math in their classrooms.”
“Now more than ever, we need to assist teachers in developing their industry-specific skills so that they feel more confident about their ability to lead lessons that go beyond content coverage and provide students with opportunities to think deeply and make sense of the world around them,” said NSTA Executive Director Dr. David Evans. “The 2016-2017 Teacher Fellows possess the determination, commitment, and aptitude to enrich science, technology, engineering, and math education in their classrooms and beyond. Through the Academy, these teachers will receive the opportunity to translate hands-on experience in a high-tech environment to an effective classroom program that will help spark an interest in innovation and build students’ knowledge of STEM.”
The Teacher Fellows were selected on the basis of several criteria, including displaying a strong desire to advance STEM education and applying real-world applications in the classroom. 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.
Launched during the fall of 2015, the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy 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.
For a list of the 2016-2017 Teacher Fellows or to learn more about the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy, visit http://www.nsta.org/northropgrumman/.
About Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation
Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are committed to expanding and enhancing the pipeline of diverse, talented STEM students globally. They provide funding to sustainable STEM programs that span from preschool to high school and through collegiate levels, with a major emphasis on middle school students and teachers. In 2016, Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation continued outreach efforts by contributing more than $19 million to diverse STEM-related groups such as the Air Force Association (CyberPatriot), the REC Foundation (VEX Robotics), National Science Teachers Association, and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
About the National Science Teachers Association
The Arlington, Virginia-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.