STEM Teacher Cohort

Applications for 2019 STEM Teachers Cohort are being accepted from November 1, 2018 to December 21, 2018.

The DoSeum is a resource and laboratory for local elementary teachers to bring hands-on STEM learning and inquiry to their classroom instruction. In 2016, our first-ever STEM Teachers’ Cohort, made up of 23 educators from nine school districts, engaged in the program and brought new methods and curriculum to their classrooms while building a strong collegial environment.

Now, The DoSeum is opening the application for its fourth annual STEM Teacher Cohort class. The DoSeum STEM Teacher Cohort is a year-long professional development opportunity for educators like no other in San Antonio. Cohort members receive over 100 CPE hours, research-based curriculum resources from leading institutions, and new methods for teaching STEM in each educator’s unique setting.

Participants transform their method of teaching STEM by implementing units from the Engineering is Elementary® curriculum developed by the Boston Museum of Science. The cohort learns through on-site workshops at The DoSeum, a hands-on, two-week practicum at The DoSeum, and by engaging ongoing with the museum’s education staff and a cohort of peers from across the San Antonio area. By the end of the experience, these select teachers are able to apply the new curriculum and pedagogy to students in their local learning environments.

How It Works

Here’s how the program works. The DoSeum will create in-depth learning experiences for selected educators to understand instructional materials that focus on constructivist teaching methods including engineering process and content in mathematics and science infused with technology. With the focus on the multidisciplinary nationally recognized curriculum, Engineering is Elementary, educators selected for the year-long professional development opportunity will:

  • Engage in a series of instructional sessions on-site at TheDoSeum;
  • Receive classroom materials that support state-mandated content in science and math;
  • Receive training and modeling of the Engineering is Elementary curriculum
  • Participate in a two-week long summer practicum at TheDoSeum; and
  • Implement instructional materials to personal classroom or compatible group.

Timeline

2018
  • November – December: Submit application here starting November 1. 

2019
  • January 15: Selected applicants notified 

    • January – May: Professional development workshop series with a focuson Engineering is Elementary curriculum, STEM education, and resources through NSTA Press, instructional strategies and methods; museum visits; optional participation in other DoSeum educator workshops

  • June – July: Participation in a week long summer museum camp practicum (dates flexible to each teacher’s summer schedule), and  planning seminars

    • August - December: Monthly professional development sessions; Engineering is Elementary classroom (EiE) implementation; and building level project for a specific grade(s) level, whole school, or district

Requirements for Applicants

  1. instruct third, fourth, or fifth grade students;

  2. must be able to participate in each of the meetings and summer practicum;

  3. have support of campus administration (and/ordistrict administration) to implement EiE curriculum; and

  4. must attend monthly in-person meetings at The DoSeum on the following dates in 2019:

  • January 29
  • February 19
  • March 21
  • April 30
  • May 21
  • Two weeks between June 3 and August 2
  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 29
  • November 12
  • December 10

Program Cost

$450 includes:

  • 100+ hours of professional development that can be logged as Texas Education Agency CPE for renewing of standard certificates;
  • Teacher Guides, Materials Kits, and Storybooks for Engineering is Elementary curriculum units (valued at $1500)
  • Research based resources from National Science Teachers Association Press and other national recognized publication companies
  • Ongoing technical support from the Cohort Program Director/Coordinator;
  • On-site practicum at The DoSeum to implement research based instructional materials in an informal educational site;
  • In-depth study and exploration of elementary instructional materials to be implemented in the teachers’ classrooms during the Fall of 2019;
  • Scaffolding lessons that integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and
  • Museum visits that involve teachers’ observations, exploration, and alignment to Engineering is Elementary curriculum and students’ engagement that connects classroom learning to museum  exploration.
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