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CEE Hosts Bite of Science to Strengthen Science Teaching in Indianapolis
CEE's Bite of Science dinner provides teachers with the exclusive opportunity to learn classroom science pedagogy from scientists and engineers from corporate, industry, academia, and government.
The Teacher Enrichment Program will provide content and information to teachers so they can engage students to become interested in pursuing STEM careers.
“The goal of CEE through the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP) is to increase the STEM workforce in Indiana by providing teachers with enhanced professional development, classroom ready STEM content, as well as providing a context for their students to better understand the importance of preparation for STEM careers,” stated Joann DiGennaro, President of CEE. “The mentoring and networking between scientists and teachers does not end with the Bite of Science. Additional educational content in the on-line Lab Bench continues the learning process for teachers by providing curriculum and strategy for immediate use in the classroom.”
The mission of the Teacher Enrichment Program helps to assure a future talented and diverse U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It focuses on best practices and resources, as well as exposure to the breadth and depth of scientific discovery often not available to rural and urban high school teachers and their students. The Bite of Science professional development opportunities for teachers is estimated to impact at least 9,375 Indiana students in 2012.
CEE will feature Dr. Susan McDowell, Associate Professor, Department of Biology at Ball State University and Mr. Michael Homoya, Plant Taxonomist/Ecologist, Division of Nature Preserves at Indiana Department of Natural Resources. They will discuss their work and relate it back to the classroom.
The goals of the Teacher Enrichment Program are to:
• Provide teachers with enhanced professional development
• Furnish the opportunity for teachers to ask questions and to interact directly with scientists and engineers
• Foster excitement in teachers to create an interest for students in STEM fields
• Inform teachers so they have a better understanding of research and development
• Allow teachers the opportunity to network with their peers
Contact Natasha Schuh-Nuhfer, Director of the Teacher Enrichment Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend the cost-free event offered by CEE.
About the Center for Excellence in Education
The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). For more information about the Center and its programs, visit CEE’s Web site, www.cee.org