What is nPower Teachers in STEM and how does it work?
Expanded from the nPower Girls program, nPower Teachers is a STEM teacher mini-externship that partners with local businesses to learn from professionals about the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their industry. In 2019-20 we will explore agencies that focus on climate science. Teachers visit the business for half a day and spend the second half developing career-connected classroom activities to engage their students in STEM and career awareness. Protocols for the development of career-connected learning tasks are also shared.
The program helps teachers support students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM such as Girls, English language learners (ELLs), ethnic minorities, gifted/highly capable students, special education students, alternative education students, and students living in poverty.
Who can participate?
nPower Teachers in STEM is open to teachers in all 30 school districts within the ESD 112 region. The professional development program is completely free for all teachers of all subjects, and districts will be reimbursed for the cost of substitutes. The focus is on teachers of grades 4-8, since those are the critical years for student identification with STEM, but high school teachers will also be considered. Teachers from K-12 are welcome, but the program focuses on content for grades 7-12 in STEM and Career Technical courses. The program expansion is supported financially by a state climate science grant and the theme for 2019-20 focuses on climate science topics.