The Power of Partnerships: A Guide from the NSF GK-12 Program

We are pleased to announce the release of The Power of Partnerships, a new publication from the GK-12 program that provides effective practices for anyone who wants to create a project that partners STEM graduate students with K-12 teachers on a sustained basis.  The recommendations come from the GK-12 community–faculty, graduate students, K-12 teachers, program managers, and evaluators.  The writing team, 34 participants from GK-12 projects around the US and Puerto Rico, came to Washington, DC in fall 2011 to determine the best way to tell the world about the program and to capture the GK-12 legacy.  We encourage you to read the guide and share it with colleagues in your community, the US, and internationally.

You can download the publication below or can request a copy from Betty Calinger, bcalinge@aaas.org.

The Power of Partnerships

Complete Document (178 pages) (PDF)

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Cover
Front Matter
Chapter 1:  Overview of the GK-12 Approach
Chapter 2:  Creating Institutional Partnerships
Chapter 3:  Effective Recruitment and Selection Strategies for GK-12 Fellows and Teachers
Chapter 4:  Project Implementation:  Preparing GK-12 Teams for Success
Chapter 5:  The Fellow-Teacher Partnership
Chapter 6:  Integrating STEM Content and Research in the Classroom
Chapter 7:  GK-12 Beyond the Classroom:  Community Partnerships and Informal Learning
Chapter 8:  GK-12 Beyond the USA:  Facilitating International Partnerships
Chapter 9:  Evaluating Projects
Chapter 10:  Communicating Project Success
Chapter 11:  Sustainability and Sources of Funding
Chapter 12:  Evidence of Success of the GK-12 Approach
Appendices
Contributors

Posted on June 10, 2013

New: Int’l Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference

AAAS and the Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) at UC San Francisco are organizing the International Teacher-Scientist Partnership (ITSP) Conference, a two-day event about partnering K-12 teachers and STEM professionals.  It will be held February 13-14, 2013 in Boston prior to and in conjunction with the AAAS Annual Meeting.  The ITSP conference agenda will offer a range of activities to inform professionals in the teacher-scientist partnership field and to develop strategies for increasing the number of partnerships and making the public aware of the value of these collaborations.   There will also be a poster session focused on teacher-scientist partnerships at the larger AAAS meeting.

Contact bcalinge@aaas.org with questions.

The ITSP Conference is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Posted on October 18, 2012

Submit Abstracts for CHED Symposium for ACS Annual Meeting

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) GK-12 seeks abstracts for a chemical education (CHED) symposium they are organizing for the ACS annual meeting in New Orleans, April 7 – 11, 2013.  Team presentations are welcome!  USM’s abstract for the symposium follows:

Integrating Chemistry & Polymer Science Research into the Classroom

Incorporating current research in high school and junior college science classrooms provides an opportunity to enrich laboratories and lectures and enhance student interest in the chemical sciences.  The Symposium will focus on the development of classroom lessons and laboratory activities that integrate ‘real world’ applications of current research topics.  Teachers, graduate students, and university faculty members participating in NSF GK-12 or RET programs are encouraged to participate.   Speakers will give insight into successful strategies on integrating research and engaging student interest.

Using the PACS Login, submit a graphical abstract under Chemical Education (CHED), Integrating Chemistry and Polymer Science Research into the Classroom.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE:  October 29, 2012

Questions?  Contact Dr. Sarah E. Morgan, sarah.morgan@usm.edu.

Posted on September 27, 2012

Submit Your STEM Program to STEMworks Database

Applications are being accepted for the STEMworks database created by Change the Equation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative, to help business leaders and other funders identify and support programs that boost STEM interest and learning.  STEMworks is designed to mobilize the business community to improve the quality of STEM learning in the US.  Any STEM learning program that serves PK-12 students and teachers, in or out of school, can apply. Applicants will be reviewed by WestEd, an independent, non-profit research, development, and service organization, against Change the Equation’s Design Principles for Effective Philanthropy. Every applicant program will receive detailed feedback on its application’s strengths and weaknesses. The names of programs that apply, but are not admitted will remain strictly confidential.

To apply, please visit STEMworks database.  Application dates are listed below.  Programs that apply early will have more opportunity to respond to feedback and reapply, if necessary.

Apply by: For inclusion by:
September 15, 2012 November 1, 2012
October 15, 2012 December 1, 2012
November 15, 2012 January 15, 2013

Contact cteq.info@wested.org with questions.

Posted on August 28, 2012

International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference

AAAS and the Science & Health Education Partnership at UC San Francisco are organizing a two-day conference about partnering K-12 teachers and STEM professionals.  It will be held February 13-14, 2013 in Boston prior to the AAAS Annual Meeting.  We will offer a range of activities to inform professionals in the teacher-scientist partnership field and to develop strategies for increasing the number of partnerships and making the public aware of the value of these collaborations.   There will also be a poster session focused on teacher-scientist partnerships at the larger AAAS meeting.

Guidelines for submitting a workshop proposal will be posted in October.  Contact bcalinge@aaas.org with questions.

Posted on August 21, 2012

Explore the Greenland Ice Sheet with Tim Spuck

Tim Spuck, science teacher and Einstein Fellow with the GK12 program at NSF is exploring the Greenland Ice Sheet with NASA’s Operation IceBridge Research team until April 26.  This mission is part of PolarTREC-Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating, a project funded by NSF’s Office of Polar Research and managed by ARCUS, the Arctic Research Consortium of the US.

Read about the mission.

Follow the mission to explore the ice sheet.

Follow Tim on Twitter by searching for “Tim Spuck.”

Read about PolarTREC opportunities for teachers.

Posted on April 16, 2012

Media and Website Awards Presented at GK-12 Meeting

Awards for Outstanding Project Media and Project Website were presented at the GK-12 annual meeting on March 17.

Criteria for the Media Award included:  (1) audience (institutional, regional, National), (2) richness of message (how well were program goals communicated), (3)  quality of media item, and (4) number of media items submitted.

Finalists were:  University of Connecticut, Polytechnic at NYU, Pennsylvania State University, Portland State University, and the University of Wyoming.

The winners were the University of Connecticut Ingenuity Incubators Program and the University of Wyoming Science Posse.

Criteria for the Outstanding Project Website award were:  (1) visual appeal, (2) organization of material on website, (3) current content, (4) fellow bios are present, clear and interesting, (5) school partners and teachers are identified, (6) user friendly science activities, lessons/labs, curriculum, and presentations available, and (7) project News Events are available.

Finalists were: University of Wyoming, Michigan Technological University, Iowa State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and University of North Carolina Greensboro.

The winners were Michigan Technological University GlobalWatershed and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Triple Helix.

 

Posted on March 21, 2012

InSTEP Program Named Business Partner of the Year

The Brevard Schools Foundation has named Florida Institute of Technology’s InSTEP Program a business partner of the year.  More than 80 organizations were nominated for the award which honors commitment and contributions to improving Brevard County schools.  The InSTEP GK-12 program uses ocean discovery as a common theme to integrate concepts and perspectives, taking  advantage of the county’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and other marine resources.

Read the Florida Tech news release or PDF.

Posted on February 7, 2012

NYU Poly Fellows + 400 Students + Robots = Fun

Fellows from NYU Poly joined students and teachers from elementary and middle schools in Brooklyn for the FIRST Lego League competition.  NYU Poly has sponsored this event for 12 years.  GK-12 fellows worked with teams from their schools.

Read the article. [pdf]

Posted on January 18, 2012

Congressman Miller Meets UNC Greensboro GK12

GK12 Fellows and faculty from UNC Greensboro met with Congressman Brad Miller during a campus visit.  Fellows discussed their partnerships with students and teachers in the Guilford County Schools.

Read article in UNC Greensboro Campus Weekly.

Posted on December 8, 2011