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Name: Research Experience for Teachers Program
School/Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
City: Milwaukee
State: WI
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: RET at UWM is supported by the National Science Foundation and is administered through the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Geosciences, and the Manfred Olsen Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. The general objectives the RET program are: to improve the quality of local science teaching and thus stimulate the interest and imaginations of students who might not otherwise pursue science studies at college; to further develop and nurture the links between UWM and the local and extended educational community; to further the professional development of high school instructional staff; and to allow educators to develop specific teaching projects which they will take back to and use in their classrooms; to develop online courses to support the continuing education of high school science teachers in Wisconsin. A major goal of the program is to seek ways of improving the quality of teacher training and providing enrichment and support for in-service teachers.

The main program activities begin in June and last 6-8 weeks, during which interns work full-time at UWM or a distant site with their faculty mentors. Teacher - interns will be expected to broaden and deepen their knowledge of astronomy, chemistry, geosciences, and physics; increase their science literacy; reconsider how they teach the traditional chemistry, geosciences, and physics curricula; and use their experience during the program to develop an original teaching project suitable for incorporation into classes that they regularly teach in their schools.
Duration: Several weeks; dates/duration are flexible
Application Deadline: 02/01/2013
Opportunity Website:

Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Benefit Explanation: $9,600 in three installments
Other Prerequisites: Applicant must be a certified working teacher from SE Wisconsin.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Dr. Robert L. Wood
Department of Physics
1900 E. Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Phone: (414) 229-5303
Fax: (414) 229-5589