has been selected by NASA's Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) to participate as a member in a newly created alliance designed to provide professional development for educators.
The new NASA–AESP Professional Development Alliance, administered by
Penn State University for NASA, consists of a select group of high-quality
professional development providers. The goal of the alliance is to improve
education in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
disciplines through collaborations that identify and serve appropriate audiences,
providing them with sustained access to NASA resources and assets.
Member organizations collaborate with NASA Education, the space agency’s
education wing, to design and deliver ongoing professional development
activities that can improve teaching and learning. Each member works with a
NASA education specialist to build a strategic plan to bring resources to
educators in their region. Activities are customized to match the professional
development needs for teachers in any local area.
Members also have opportunities to work with NASA’s Education and Public
Outreach groups to participate in various NASA events, such as piloting training
of new classroom resources, or celebrations of NASA mission milestones like the
launch of a new mission or one reaching its destination. In addition, members
have a forum to discuss issues in STEM teacher professional development
across their organizations.
Membership in the alliance is by invitation to organizations that provide
professional development to STEM educators and who have had previous
successful collaborations with NASA Education. The alliance currently has 75
members in 38 states and Puerto Rico.
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