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

Science ATL’s STEM Professional School Partnership (SPSP) program cultivates strong, impactful, and sustainable partnerships between diverse STEM professionals and K-8 schools. The ultimate goal of these partnerships is to enhance access to STEM learning resources and careers for students from groups underrepresented in the STEM fields. In 2021-2022, the program will match 50 STEM professionals to 50 K-8 schools in Atlanta for a year of monthly interactions, reaching 7500 students.

SPSP is made possible through corporate sponsorship and individual donations.
Special thanks to presenting sponsor, NCR Foundation!

NCR Foundation

Program Info

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. Learn more about eligibility, expected roles, and how to apply in the gray boxes below.

Program Timeline

  • August 22 – Applications due
  • 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

Participation Requirements
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.

Support
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.

Questions?
If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to contact AJ Chestnut Raines via email at [email protected].

 

K-8 Educators

Eligibility
We are looking for K-8 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. Title I schools and schools serving students from groups underrepresented in the STEM fields are encouraged to apply. This program can benefit schools that are seeking or maintaining STEM-certification, but is also open to schools who are not on this path. Partnerships are hard work; be prepared to put in extra effort to make them work effectively.

Role
As an educator in SPSP, you will commit to four hours per month of collaborating with your partner to plan, implement, document, and reflect on monthly classroom or virtual engagements. These engagements will be developed in partnership with the STEM professional to meet the two partnership goals you create together at the beginning of the program. The educator will have an integral role with skillfully connecting the STEM Professional’s resources to benefit the students and school community. The educator will help the STEM Professional to facilitate unique experiences, and will prepare students to best engage with the STEM Professional. Each school has the opportunity to apply for a minigrant to support partnership activities. See Participation Requirements above.

How to apply
Complete the online application form, by the deadline: August 22, 2021, 11:59pm. You will be notified of your status by September 3.

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. Partnerships are hard work; be prepared to put in extra effort to make them work effectively.

Role
As a STEM professional volunteer, you will commit to four hours per month of collaborating with your partner to plan, implement, document, and reflect on monthly classroom or virtual engagements. These engagements will be developed in partnership with the educator to meet the two partnership goals you create together at the beginning of the program. Some options for engaging with the classroom include: give a career talk, demonstrate or lead hands-on activities, judge a competition, host a virtual lab/industry tours, bring real-world relevance to classroom projects, leverage your network to bring in additional volunteers, etc. (more engagement ideas will be shared during the program). See Participation Requirements above.

How to apply
Complete the online application form, by the deadline: August 22, 2021, 11:59pm. As part of the application, you will need to sign and submit a copy of Science ATL’s Volunteer Release and Youth Programs Conduct forms (instructions within the application). You will be notified of your status by September 3.

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