Each participating STEM professional will be paired with a K-8 educator to initiate 8 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. Each partnership has the opportunity to apply for a minigrant to support partnership activities. Program applications are closed.
- August 22 – Applications due (STEM professionals deadline extended to Aug 29)
- September 3 – Applicants selected and notified
- September 14 & 21, 6:00-7:30pm – Virtual Kickoff Meetings (both are required)
- October – Partnership Check-In Call (both partners and program manager)
- December – Mid-year Survey due, minigrant applications due
- January 25, 6:00-7:30pm – Webinar
- February – Partnership Check-In Call
- March 22, 6:00-7:30pm – Webinar
- May 10 – Closing Ceremony (virtual), End-of-year Survey due
All STEM professionals and educators are required to:
- Attend required evening events:
- BOTH Virtual Kickoff Meetings (Sept 14 and 21, 6:00-7:30pm) to complete Needs Assessment, Asset Maps, and set two Partnership Goals.
- two SPSP Webinars (6:00-7:30pm)
- Closing Ceremony (May 10, 6:00-7:30pm)
- Commit approximately 4 hours per month from September to May to plan, implement, document, and reflect on monthly classroom or virtual engagements. These hours include regular monthly planning/reflection calls with your partner.
- Communicate effectively and regularly with your partner.
- Submit brief monthly activity reports and mid- and end-of-year surveys.
- Participate in a Partnership Check-In Call (you, your partner, and the SPSP program manager) once per semester.
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.
This program is supported by generous sponsorship from NCR Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Cox Enterprises, Delta Community, and Norfolk Southern. Special thanks to founding partner AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador Paula Garcia Todd.
If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to contact AJ Chestnut Raines via email at [email protected].