Summer Educator Fellowships
These are 4 to 6-week programs that provide classroom teachers with the oportunity to participate in hands-on, project-based research in labs in the Colleges/Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Education and Human Development and Engineering at Texas A&M University. Teachers also work with faculty to translate these experiences into authentic, research-inspired educational modules.
The selected teachers are expected to attend and participate in the K-12 Summer Institute (SI) professional development conference as part of their fellowship program each summer. The Institute is held the week following the research programs.Teachers are not paid for the week of the Summer Institute but they attend the conference free of charge with hotel accommodation, all training resources and two meals per day provided at no cost.See www.k12summerinstitute.org for more information.
The Summer Educator Fellowship (SEF) program focuses on STEM module development. It is a 4-week program
(3 weeks + SI).
The summer research programs are organized in a way that encourages a collaboration between the teachers and faculty such that allows the teachers to bring their knowledge about required education standards, sequence of topics required by school district, pedagogical approaches that have been most successful with their students and concepts most students struggle with. The faculty bring an extensive knowledge of “real world” laboratory techniques and analytical skills to be used in the development of the new modules and hands-on-activities that align with the projects themes and goals. This collaboration will ensure that the new modules meet the educational needs of the students and are designed with the consideration of practical classroom realities.