ARLINGTON, Va.—Oct. 20, 2021—Applications are now being accepted for the sixth annual Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy. The program—designed specifically for middle school teachers (grades 5-8)—was established to enhance teacher confidence while increasing their understanding about the skills needed for a scientifically literate workforce. Administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), this year the Academy will help 25 teachers located in public school districts in select Northrop Grumman communities across the United States.
“The Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy program provides a platform for educators to work directly with scientists, engineers and technologists to gain a better understanding of what they do every day,” said Stephanie Fitzsimmons, PhD, manager, corporate citizenship, Northrop Grumman. “This hands-on program exposes educators to critical workforce skills in action which will help them back in their classrooms as they support students who are drawn to STEM careers.”
“Teachers play a critical role in setting a solid foundation in STEM and preparing students for success in a technology-driven workforce,” said Erika Shugart, PhD, executive director, NSTA. “The Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy gives educators a unique professional learning experience, enabling them to connect their curriculum to real-world applications, which enriches and strengthens their teaching and brings relevance and context to student learning.”
Teachers selected for the program—who will be known as Teacher Fellows—will:
Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy Eligibility
Educators can apply to become a Teacher Fellow if they are:
For more information about the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy or to learn how to apply, visit the Academy website. Applications must be submitted no later than December 3, 2021.
About the Northrop Grumman Foundation
Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are dedicated to expanding and enhancing sustainable science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education opportunities for students globally. With an emphasis on middle school and university level students, our engineering and technology-based partnerships are designed to excite, engage and educate students as they defend cyber networks, engineer autonomous vehicles, explore space and more. In addition, we provide workforce-relevant professional development to middle school educators to advance their competence in teaching STEM subjects, in turn, inspiring students to explore STEM careers and increasing their STEM skills proficiency. In 2020, we contributed over eight million dollars towards these initiatives.
The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is a vibrant community of 40,000 science educators and professionals committed to best practices in teaching science and its impact on student learning. NSTA offers high quality science resources and continuous learning so that science educators grow professionally and excel in their career. For new and experienced teachers alike, the NSTA community offers the opportunity to network with like-minded peers at the national level, connect with mentors and leading researchers, and learn from the best in the field.
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