ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Applications are now being accepted for the second annual Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy. The program—designed specifically for middle school teachers (grades 5-8)—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. This year, the Academy, which is administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), will support 25 teachers located in school districts in select Northrop Grumman communities.
“We are thrilled to start year two of the Academy and are very pleased with the first year and the feedback we received from the teachers,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation and Northrop Grumman vice president, Global Corporate Responsibility. “Last year’s experiences are helping our teacher fellows to enhance their classroom instruction and engage future diverse, talented STEM students. We look forward to supporting our educators through the Academy in their quest for developing and sustaining our children’s interest in STEM.”
“Through the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy middle school teachers get a first-hand look at the application of science and engineering practices that they can then use with their students,” said NSTA Executive Director Dr. David Evans. “By supporting teachers and providing this unique fellowship experience, we have the opportunity to enrich STEM teaching and learning for hundreds of students with the goal of igniting interest and inspiring more careers in science, engineering and technology.”
Teachers selected for the program—who will be known as Teacher Fellows—will participate in a number of science-, engineering-, and technology-related activities and professional learning opportunities. 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.
Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy Eligibility
Middle school physical science, engineering, and technology teachers, located in school districts in select Northrop Grumman communities, who have at least two years of middle school teaching experience and have a strong desire to advance engineering and technology education by applying real-world applications in the classroom, can apply to become a Teacher Fellow. For more information about the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy or to learn how to apply, visit the Academy website. Applications must be submitted no later than November 11, 2016.
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 2015, Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation continued outreach efforts by contributing more than $17.4 million to diverse STEM-related groups such as the Air Force Association (CyberPatriot), Conservation International (ECO Classroom), the REC Foundation (VEX Robotics), National Science Teachers Association, and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. For more information, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/foundation.
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.