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Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy

Launched in 2015, the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy, co-founded by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, was created to elevate STEM education in middle school grades (5–8) within school districts located in Northrop Grumman communities. The Academy provides effective, blended professional learning experiences to middle level teachers so that they can better foster their students' interest in engineering, strengthen workforce skills, and expose students to STEM careers. NSTA and the Northrop Grumman Foundation believe that a passion for engineering can be ignited among teachers and students by engaging teachers in real-world engineering and technology, increasing their awareness of STEM career opportunities, and providing teachers aligned blended professional learning experiences focused on effective practices they can implement in their classrooms.

Northrop Grumman engineers and technologists are integral to the design and implementation of the program by providing meaningful experiences and real world perspectives that impact teacher designed lessons and projects. These experiences model workforce skills and offer local expertise and support for the respective school districts in participating Northrop Grumman communities. An engineer/technologist partnership with teachers can be highly beneficial to the professional learning of STEM educators. (National Academies of Science, 1996; Quality Evaluation Design for, Industry Initiatives for Science & Math Education 2012; American Society for Engineering Education, 2016; Iowa STEM Evaluation Report: Iowa STEM Teacher Externships, 2016).

The selected "Teacher Fellows" will commit to:

  • Attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Boston, Massachusetts, and preconference special events, March 31–April 4, 2020 (travel day on March 30);
  • Participate in a summer five-day workshop at a Northrop Grumman facility in Los Angeles, California, June 22–26, 2020 (travel day on June 21), where they will continue to explore teaching strategies and programs for integrating effective and authentic STEM practices and workforce skills in their classroom;
  • Participate in an immersive, 60- to 70-hour externship at their local Northrop Grumman facility, where they will be partnered with an engineer/technologist to observe and experience critical workforce skills in action, July 6–17, 2020;
  • Engage throughout the yearlong program in online Professional Learning via a comprehensive NSTA membership package which offers a variety of web-based professional learning activities, including a specially designated online learning community;
  • Develop classroom applications that integrate an authentic and "real-world" application linked to the externship experiences; and
  • Access tools/resources to develop strategies to share their learning with colleagues to build capacity within their schools and districts.

These experiences will be continually integrated and followed-up with blended online learning experiences in the NSTA Learning Center, providing the Teacher Fellows with access to NSTA's extensive online collection of education resources, web seminars, and discussions. Additionally, the Teacher Fellows and the Northrop Grumman engineers/technologists will become part of an ongoing Northrop Grumman Foundation professional learning community that resides within the NSTA Learning Center network. This year the 2018–19 Teacher Fellows will have the opportunity to give back to their profession by helping to build awareness and capacity both within their district and selected alumni will present sessions at the 2019 NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Boston.

Who Should Apply

Current middle school (grades 5–8) physical science, engineering, and technology classroom teachers, located in public school districts in select Northrop Grumman communities, who have at a minimum completed two years of middle school classroom teaching experience, are currently a full-time public middle school classroom teacher, and will be a full-time public middle school classroom teacher through December 2020. All applicants must have a strong desire to advance engineering and technology education by applying real-world applications in the classroom. To view the list of the qualifying preselected communities, please click here.

All applicants must be a US citizen for participation in the program. To access the 2019–2020 application portal, please click here.

Applications and all supportive requested documents are due no later than November 18, 2019, for year five of the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy.