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NASA Master Teacher Program.

              NASA provides opportunities for Master Teacher training. The Master Teacher will facilitate online coursework for approximately thirty-five (35) student scholars in preparation for the potential participation in the Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, Virginia. The purpose of this student program is to provide online coursework for the student scholars to acquire knowledge of NASA, space exploration, and key STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills. Students will be exposed to NASA scientists, technologists, mathematicians, and engineers who serve as career role models. Master Teachers for the Summer Academies will be chosen from instructors facilitating the online coursework.

Master Teacher Stipend.

$2500 for online course content grading and forum participation.

Period of Performance.

December 2018 – May 2019

Master Teacher Responsibilities.

· Grade modules submitted by the student scholars bi-weekly and final project using prescribed performance rubrics. Online course module assignments that the students complete are due every two weeks after December 29, 2018.

· Provide personalized and timely feedback (within one week of submission) of assignments using the Moodle online coursework management website. Input grades into the system. Include comments regarding exemplary work and areas that need improvement when necessary. Provide examples of how work could be improved.

· Monitor student scholars’ performance, quality of assignments, online posts, and replies within the discussion forums. Contact students individually as needed. Send copies of correspondence to the NASA coordinator.

· Monitor online discussions. Address students individually through email if breach of online etiquette occurs. Send copies of such correspondence to the NASA coordinator.

· Maintain performance data and tracking of student performance using the online system. Send a bi-weekly report (spreadsheet) on students who are falling behind on assignments and noting the follow-up taken to the NASA coordinator.

· Correspond with student scholars and NASA mentors through online discussion forums, synchronous chat sessions, and email through the Moodle site.

Mandatory Coursework Training.

A mandatory training session will be held at Virginia Space Grant Consortium in Hampton, VA on Friday, November 30, 2018.


Lodging for the training session is provided, if needed, for teachers living outside a 50-mile radius from Virginia Space Grant Consortium. Lunch will be provided during the training session. Lodging will be provided on Thursday evening upon request. VSGC will make arrangements and payment.

For more information, please contact Ian Cawthray at ian.m.cawthray@nasa.gov or by phone at 757-766-5210.







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This information was provided by Texas State LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research.

Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics
PO Box 73593
Richmond, VA 23235

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