STEM Professional School Partnership - Science ATL
  • STEM Professional School Partnership

The STEM Professional School Partnership (SPSP) program will build and strengthen partnerships between schools and STEM businesses/universities to benefit students, teachers, employees, and companies. The program matches 30 STEM professionals to 30 K-12 schools in Atlanta for a year of monthly interactions, reaching 4500 students and creating a flexible framework to strengthen long-term STEM partnerships.

Program Info

Each participating STEM professional will be paired with a K-12 educator to initiate 10 interactions over the course of the upcoming school year. Together, the partners will become Catalysts – enabling reactions that might not otherwise have taken place – to expand STEM opportunities for students and provide real-world support for classrooms. Learn more about program expectations and how to apply below.

The program begins with a pair of virtual Kickoff Lunches (Sept 18 and 25, 12-1pm), at which we will reveal matches, share program expectations, distribute a Program Handbook, and begin planning with your STEM professional. The Handbook will include guidelines for supporting youth via outreach programming, tips on connecting STEM Professionals with students, and a menu of ideas for collaboration throughout the year ranging from career talks to hands-on activities to science fair judging and mentoring to virtual lab tours.

With ongoing support through webinar and newsletter communications, STEM professionals and educators will implement one activity/engagement per month for a total of 10 throughout the school year (at minimum). You are expected to hold a monthly planning meeting with your partner to prepare for these activities, and you are expected to attend a quarterly program webinar to discuss common challenges, and share ideas and best practices. Partners will have access to $200 per school to support partnership activities including reimbursement for field trip travel, coverage for substitute teachers, and activity supplies. The partnerships between STEM professionals and educators will be supported by dedicated Science ATL staff and resources.

Participation Requirements
All STEM professionals and teachers are required to:

  • Attend BOTH Virtual Kickoff Lunches (Sept 18 and 25, 12-1pm)
  • Establish monthly planning calls with your partner
  • Plan at least one classroom engagement activity each month (can be virtual)
  • Submit brief quarterly activity reports
  • Attend quarterly webinars

COVID-19 and Our Partnerships
We are sensitive to the impact of COVID-19 on our community, including school policies about re-opening and allowing guests into the building, as well as STEM professionals’ comfort-levels with in-person interactions. This program is designed to be a flexible framework for establishing effective partnerships, and we support 100% virtual interactions.

Support
This program is supported by a grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and IF/THEN Foundation, in partnership with local IF/THEN Ambassador Paula Garcia Todd.

Questions?
If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to contact Jason Raines via email at [email protected] or call/text at 678-718-8025.

K-12 Educators

Eligibility
We are looking for K-12 educators (including classroom teachers and school STEM coordinators) from public schools in these Metro Atlanta districts: Atlanta, Buford City, Clayton, Cobb, City of Decatur, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Marietta City, Rockdale. We are seeking schools that serve students who belong to groups underrepresented in the STEM fields. Additionally, we seek a balance between schools that are and are not STEM-certified. Title I schools and schools serving students from groups underrepresented in the STEM fields are encouraged to apply.

Role
You will plan with your partner how best to leverage your partner’s skills/experience/resources to address priority needs of the classroom/school. The educator will have an integral role with skillfully connecting the STEM Professional’s resources with the students. The K-12 educator will…

  • Identify classroom/school needs that STEM professional can help address
  • Help STEM Professional facilitate unique experiences for students
  • Act as liaison between STEM professional and students
  • Prepare students to best engage with the STEM professional
  • Creatively connect the professional’s STEM field to classroom learning experiences
  • Be responsive, open-minded, and value partnerships

How to apply
Complete the online application form linked below, by the deadline: August 21, 2020, 11:59pm. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You will be notified of your status by August 28.

for K-12 educators

STEM Professionals

Eligibility
We are looking for STEM professionals from diverse STEM careers including scientists, engineers, technicians, programmers, and other professionals whose career involves a strong science, technology, engineering, or mathematics connection. Graduate students are eligible. To create a diverse cohort of STEM professionals, we strive to engage at least 50% women and at least 50% from racial/ethnic groups under-represented in STEM. All participating STEM Professionals will be required to undergo mandatory reporter training, clear a criminal background check, and sign an agreement to comply with expectations regarding working with minors.

Role
You will plan with your partner how best to address priority needs of the classroom/school given your skills/experience/resources. Some options for engaging with the classroom include:

  • Give a career talk
  • Demonstrate or lead a hands-on activities
  • Judge a competition
  • Host a virtual lab/industry tours
  • Bring real-world relevance to classroom projects
  • Leverage professional connections to support the school
  • Be responsive, open-minded, and value partnerships

How to apply
Complete the online application form linked below, by the deadline: August 21, 2020, 11:59pm. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You will be notified of your status by August 28.

for STEM professionals

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