TEP Program Wins STEM Education Excellence Award

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Wed | January 16, 2019 | 6:17 PM
Teacher Enrichment Program Wins STEM Education Excellence Award
Program recognized for impact of STEM Education in Virginia
 
McLean, VA – January 16, 2019 – The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE)’s Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP) was one of 12 recipients to receive an award from the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition’s (VMSC) 2019 Programs That Work. The award was presented at the VMSC Conference and Recognition Ceremony held in Richmond on Tuesday, January 15th.
 
The VMSC recognized exemplary mathematics, science, integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs that demonstrate evidence of a positive impact on student or teacher learning. Proposals were evaluated on the extent that applicants were able to:
  • Represent innovative, exemplary programs that had proven effective with all students or teachers
  • Demonstrate the important mathematics, science, and STEM concepts, skills or processes students and teachers learned as a result of the programs
  • Document impact on teaching and learning
Natasha Schuh-Nuhfer, Ph.D., Director of the Teacher Enrichment Program, accepted the award and provided a brief overview of the program as part of a panel during the ceremony. “The Center for Excellence in Education thanks the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition for the recognition of the Center’s work to strengthen STEM education in the state of Virginia,” said Natasha. “We look forward to continued success in bringing opportunities and resources to underserved STEM teachers across the state.”
 
The mission of the Teacher Enrichment Program is to assure a future talented and diverse U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). TEP provides opportunities for underserved rural and urban middle and high school teachers to connect with experts from industry and academia to explore cutting-edge research and development and make meaningful professional links with direct benefits for their students. To date, over 2,850 teachers from 1,300 schools have participated in TEP, impacting over an estimated 500,000 students. 
 
The goals of the Teacher Enrichment Program are to:
  • Provide teachers with professional enrichment opportunities
  • Inform teachers so they have a better understanding of research and 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 in students for STEM fields through engagement with STEM professionals in and outside of the classroom
  • Create awareness of the skills and knowledge needed for the 21st Century STEM worker
  • Allow teachers the opportunity to network with their peers
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 (STEM), 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 www.cee.org.
 
About the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition
The Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to achieving excellence in mathematics and science education for Virginia’s K-12 and higher education students. Their mission is to bring together education, scientific, corporate and public policy leaders committed to the sustained elevation of mathematics and science education to ensure that all Virginia’s students and citizens have the foundation required for life-long success in their daily lives, career, and society. For more information about the VMSC, visit www.vamsc.org.
 
Sources: Natasha Schuh-Nuhfer, Ph.D., Director of the Teacher Enrichment Program, 703-448-9062 ext. 222   
 
Related websites:
Center for Excellence in Education: http://www.cee.org/
Teacher Enrichment Program: http://www.cee.org/teacher-enrichment-program
Research Science Institute: http://www.cee.org/research-science-institute
USA Biology Olympiad: http://www.cee.org/usa-biology-olympiad-usabo
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Natasha Schuh-Nuhfer, Ph.D. accepted the CEE award for the TEP Program.

 

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