NSF GK12 Program
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NSF GRADUATE STEM FELLOWS IN K-12 EDUCATION (GK-12)
The objectives of the NSF GK-12 program are: 1) to support highly qualified U.S. graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines through fellowships to provide them with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of their own research, its societal and global contexts, and acquire value-added skills (such as communicating STEM subjects to technical and non-technical audiences, leadership, team building, and teaching) that normally are not emphasized in a more traditional STEM graduate program, and to broaden their options for STEM careers in a competitive global marketplace; 2) to enrich STEM learning and instruction in K-12settings through strong partnerships with institutions of higher education to bring the excitement and the results of leading STEM research practice and findings to K-12 settings; and 3) to provide institutions of higher education with an opportunity to make a permanent change in their graduate programs by incorporating GK-12 like activities in the training of their STEM graduate students.
Expected outcomes include:
For Graduate Fellows
Enhanced understanding of their own research subject area, and its societal and global contexts; improved communication skills of STEM subjects with technical and non-technical audiences, leadership, team building, and teaching capabilities.
For K-12 Education
Professional development opportunities for teachers in both STEM content and pedagogy; and enhanced learning and STEM career interest for students.
For Institutions of Higher Education
Transformation of graduate programs; strengthened and sustained partnerships with local school districts, industry,and non-profit sector, etc.; enhanced institutional impact of graduate education to society.
In essence, fellows will bring their STEM research practice and findings to K-12 learning settings so that teachers and K-12students are more directly exposed to what science and engineering is all about, how it is done, how discoveries happen and what STEM professionals do. For example, GK-12 fellows from STEM disciplines, selected by awardee institutions, may work directly with K-12 teachers to integrate current scientific research practice and findings in the teaching and learning of STEM disciplines; act as role models to K-12 students and help stimulate their interest in future STEM
NSF GK-12 Ocean Literacy Program
Savannah State University / Skidaway Institute of Oceanography /
Savannah Chatham County Public School System
GK-12 Teacher Mentor Benefits
GK-12 Teacher Mentor Responsibilities
Applications Due by July 11, 2012!