Ms. Florentia Spires becomes a NASA Fellow!

The NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project awards highly competitive one-year fellowships to 50 current and prospective teachers across the Nation. Funding authorization for the Project is provided through the NASA Endeavor Teacher Fellowship Trust Fund as a tribute to the dedicated crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The Project is sponsored by NASA, collaborates with various state departments of education and is administered by U.S. Satellite Laboratory, Inc.

Endeavor Fellows take five graduate courses in an innovative, live (online) format from the comfort of their home or school. They learn to apply research-based pedagogical strategies and cutting-edge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) content to their classroom contexts while becoming a part of an esteemed network of like-minded educators across the Nation forming an online community of practice. NASA Endeavor Fellows will be awarded a Certificate in STEM education from Teachers College, Columbia University. The Certificate is one of completion; all graduate credit is awarded by regionally-accredited higher education partners. NASA Endeavor works in partnership with Departments of Education so that coursework may count toward recertification or, perhaps, new certification.

The blended synchronous and asynchronous model for the online courses, which integrates content from each of NASA's Mission Directorates, gives participants the best of both worlds: working with challenging science and education content along with expert instructors and scientists in the laboratory and in the field, and studying independently with coursework tailored to individual needs. Each course includes take-away materials proven for the classroom. NASA Endeavor Fellows also earn a special Leadership Distinction designation for scaling up their practice within their district or state.

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