Do you have what it takes to be a Space Foundation Teacher Liaison? You can be one of a select few educators from across the nation who join our Space Foundation Teacher Liaison ranks each year.
What is a Teacher Liaison?
Teacher Liaisons are extraordinary educators who use space-related education programs and principles in the classroom and act as advocates for space-based education in their schools and districts. If selected for the program, they receive Space Foundation training and resources to further integrate space into their classrooms. The program is open to public, private and homeschool teachers and school administrators, including principals, specialists, curriculum and instruction developers and administrators, and others who deliver education programs to students.
Started in 2002, this prestigious, nationally recognized program provides an honored few benefits and privileges that improve teaching skills, strengthen resumes and influence space and science education at a national level. More than 250 educators from throughout the world are active as Teacher Liaisons.
We select a new flight of Teacher Liaisons each January. Once selected, Teacher Liaisons may remain active in the program as long as they continue to meet requirements for using and advocating for space-based education in their classrooms or schools.
Space Foundation Teacher Liaisons serve as active links between the Space Foundation and their schools and school districts and often work with other space organizations, such as NASA.
Who is Eligible?
Teacher Liaisons may be any PreK-20 educator or other professional or informal educator in the PreK-20 arena. Teacher Liaisons tend to be Master Teachers who want to inspire the next generation of students to pursue and excel in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), but membership is open to educators in all disciplines, ranging from science and math to language arts, physical education, special education or the arts. Applicants need only to demonstrate that they effectively integrate space education within their curriculum.
- Complimentary registration for the Space Symposium
- Special recognition during the Space Symposium
- Complimentary Exhibit Center admission at the Space Symposium
- Specialized training and instruction at Space Foundation workshops with optional graduate-level credit
- Cutting-edge space education materials, including standards-based lesson plans, training and NASA activities
- Opportunities to meet and communicate with top educators, space leaders, astronauts and scientists from across the country
- Exclusive Teacher Liaison online forums for sharing ideas
- National recognition as an advocate in promoting and improving space and science education
- A special "logo shirt" worn ONLY by Space Foundation Teacher Liaisons
- "First" opportunities to attend Space Foundation Discovery Center, Science On a Sphere and other special presentations, and an opportunity to bring your class to an Audience with an Astronaut, tours of space exhibits and to participate in program pilots or course evaluations
Teacher Liaison Duties and Responsibilities
- Attend Space Foundation workshops and/or training events (in your area)
- Promote and advocate Space Foundation events, programs and activities by wearing Teacher Liaison logo shirt and communicating with colleagues and school staff about the value of space-based education programs
- Actively support and implement space activities and materials into your teaching curriculum
- Serve as a focal point for your school for Space Foundation activities
- Attend at least one Space Foundation week-long Space Across the Curriculum course
- Authorize the use of your name and likeness in Space Foundation press releases, marketing and promotional materials
- Stay in contact via email on a quarterly basis with Teacher Liaison Coordinator
NOTE: Once accepted into the program, a one-year probationary period is mandatory to fulfill required duties and responsibilities. A Teacher Liaison leadership committee reviews each probationary member's activities during that year to determine full acceptance.
DEADLINE for applications for FLIGHT 11-14: Friday, December 6, 2013.
- Set up an account and public profile visible to other Teacher Liaisons
- Fill out the application
- Submit a lesson
- Send a letter of recommendation from your supervisor, principal, or superintendent
- Applications are due Friday, December 6, 2013, and will be reviewed by the Teacher Selection Committee in January, 2014.
For further information on the Teacher Liaison Program, contact the Space Foundation via email at Education@SpaceFoundation.org or via phone at +1.719.576.8000 or +1.800.691.4000.