Advancing Mentor and Novice Teachers in Space Science

Please note: We are currently oversubscribed for this event. If you would like to be on the wait list, just in case, please send an e-mail to Terry Cort at

We will contact interested parties should openings become available, but we are very full at this time. Thank you for your interest!

We have an exciting opportunity for middle school earth/space science mentor teachers who will have a student teacher in their class in each of the next two years. This NASA-sponsored project is named AMANTISS (Advancing Mentor and Novice Teachers in Space Science).

We are conducting a training in August, 2010 at Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California for 32 lucky teachers that features our new GEMS Space Science Sequence for Grades 6-8! We would like to extend an invitation to you to submit an application, or send this on to an interested colleague.

The requirements of selected participants are as follows:

1. Must be a supervising (mentor) teacher for a pre-service student (novice) teacher
in their charge at the middle school level in each of the two years, 2010/11 and 2011/12.

2. Attend the mandatory summer institute, August 10-12, 2010 at Lawrence Hall of
Science in Berkeley, California

3. Commit to teaching the GEMS Space Science Sequence for Grades 6-8 in its
entirety while guiding their student teacher(s) through the use of these materials
during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. We imagine you will have a different pre-service teacher for one semester in each of the two years.

4. Commit to participation in the evaluation component of the project, which may
include surveys, site visits, and pre-post questionnaires.

5. Must be willing to remain involved over the life of this 2-year project, with a
culminating trip to the National Science Teachers Association Conference in
March of 2012 where they will be a part of a Symposium sharing lessons learned
throughout the life of the project. A stipend of up to $1,250 to cover travel costs
to attend the conference will be provided.

** Note: teachers who work with under-served and under-represented students will have an advantage in the selection process.

The grant provides the following for each selected mentor teacher:

• workshop fees and travel expenses paid to attend the August 2010 workshop in Berkeley
• one kit and teachers guide for the GEMS Space Science Sequence for Grades 6-8 to keep in their own classrooms
• one kit and teachers guide for the GEMS Space Science Sequence for Grades 6-8 for their pre-service teachers to take to their future classrooms
• travel expenses to attend the 2012 NSTA Conference joining other AMANTISS
• a $300 stipend for their final year of participation
• a supportive network of other supervising teachers

Application spaces are open until filled, so act quickly!

We deeply appreciate the partnership with all of you and look forward to supporting mentor teachers in your region with this wonderful opportunity.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Traci Wierman, GEMS Network Director

Access an application form here or download a flyer with the information above here.

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