Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP)

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MISSION
The Teacher Enrichment Program helps to assure a future talented and diverse U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  TEP provides opportunities for middle and high school teachers to connect with leading experts from industry and academia to explore cutting-edge research and make meaningful professional links with direct benefits for their students. All TEP resources and professional development events are cost-free to participants. To date, over 2,820 teachers from 1,285 schools have participated in TEP, impacting an estimated 493,745 students!  
 
TEP programming is currently available to teachers in California, Florida, MarylandPennsylvania, South CarolinaTexas, and Virginia. TEP has also served teachers in Illinois, Indiana, and Washington, D.C. since the program's launch in 2012. The Center works with community colleges, universities, corporations, governors, state agencies, and STEM education representatives in each of the states committed to improving STEM teaching and learning. 
 
The Teacher Enrichment Program is generously sponsored by: Amgen Foundation, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, Commonwealth of Virginia, CoServ Charitable Foundation, Edward T. Bedford Foundation, General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation, Gulfstream, Hologic, Lockheed Martin, Micron Technology Foundation, Nordson Corporation, Unum, and Vulcan Materials.
 
PROGRAM COMPONENTS

An afterschool workshop bringing together middle and high school STEM teachers with scientists and/or engineers from industry, academia, and/or government. Teachers learn about cutting-edge research and innovation, find out how to connect the research to the classroom, and discover ways to inspire and guide their students toward academic opportunities and STEM careers. Teachers engage in networking and discussion with presenters and fellow teachers during the three-hour long program.
 
Forums with representatives from industry, government, academic, and non-profit organizations to create awareness of STEM career fields, the job skills required for the 21st century STEM worker, and opportunities for both students and teachers to explore STEM subjects and career paths. Discussion focuses on traditional and non-traditional STEM career pathways, the state of STEM jobs in the region, and how STEM professionals in the community can support educators. 
 
An interactive online resource providing access to Bite of Science and Teacher Roundtable presentations and videos, resources and low-cost activities related to Bite of Science topics, industry and teacher-contributed resources, and other helpful materials for the middle and high school STEM classroom.  Teachers have access to over 350 presentations and over 2,900 online resources to strengthen their STEM content knowledge.    
 
An effort to connect companies, academic institutions, government agencies, and academic community groups with undeserved teachers. TEP works to increase engagement of the STEM community with local schools to provide opportunities such as classroom speakers, mentorships, job shadowing, field trips, and additional resources for teachers and their students.  
 
 
What do teachers think of TEP?
“Thank you for providing resources that make connections to real-life science through the TEP.  It immensely helps teachers and students understand how skills learnt in the classroom are applied in the real world.” 
 
“What a wonderful way to connect teachers with industry professionals and keep us in touch with what the future of science looks like and where industry needs are.” 
 
“I always look forward to TEP events for my professional development and networking possibilities.  Thank you for the professionalism of the speakers and the relevancy of the topics.” 
 
“The Bite of Science is always informative and interesting.  The resources and interaction with other teachers, scientists, and engineers from the industry promote student engagement in STEM careers.” 
 
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Have questions about the Teacher Enrichment Program? Please contact:
Natasha Schuh-Nuhfer, Ph.D.
Director, Teacher Enrichment Program
(703) 448-9062 ext. 222

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