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Space Foundation Now Accepting Applications for International Teacher Liaison Program

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

International Teacher Liaison Program
  • Application deadline: Sept. 30, 2024
  • Program community currently over 375 educators from 25 countries
  • Selectees will take part in the Space Symposium in April 2025

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — June 18, 2024 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering education, collaboration and information for the global space ecosystem, today announced it is accepting applications for its International Teacher Liaison program now through Monday, Sept. 30, 2024.

Launched in 2004, Space Foundation’s International Teacher Liaison program provides select educators from around the world with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) skills, strategies and capabilities to improve their classroom and student engagement as they nurture the minds of tomorrow’s world-changing adults.

Teacher Liaisons are a community of over 375 educators in 25 countries and 40 states who work to inspire the next generation of explorers and innovators. These educators are chosen through an intensive application and evaluation process. Educators submit a questionnaire, a space-based lesson plan, and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor. Upon selection, the new class of Teacher Liaisons is named a “Flight” to denote the teachers’ mission as premier space and STEAM educators.

Remarking on the International Teacher Liaison program, Space Foundation Senior Vice President Dr. John West said, “Our Teacher Liaison program empowers hundreds of educators globally with the knowledge and resources essential for guiding the next generation toward careers in STEAM. These distinguished educators serve as catalysts to inspire students, and we welcome all teachers eager to make a meaningful impact to apply to this program.”

The program is open to public, private and homeschool teachers as well as school administrators, principals, specialists, curriculum and instruction developers, and others who deliver education programs to kindergarten through college students. Teachers chosen for the program will receive the following:

  • Curricular resources and professional development courses
  • Networking opportunities with top educators and space industry experts
  • Community of encouraging educators across the globe
  • Hands-on and inspiring classroom projects
  • Opportunities to design learning activities in a collaborative setting

The new flight of Teacher Liaisons will be recognized at Space Foundation’s annual Space Symposium, to be held April 7-10, 2025, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. In addition to the recognition activities, Teacher Liaisons will participate in special programming at Symposium that includes keynote speakers, networking opportunities and breakout sessions.

“Being a Teacher Liaison has given me the opportunity to participate in phenomenal professional development courses with other teachers who are excited about sharing STEAM learning with their students. I’ve received access to many resources that are available locally, which can be shared with my students and their families to ignite curiosity and interest in learning about space and technology,” said Kathleen Starkey, International Teacher Liaison.

Booz Allen Hamilton is a proud sponsor of the Teacher Liaison program, providing vital support and resources to empower educators in their mission to inspire and educate the next generation.

Applications for the International Teacher Liaison program are being accepted at Submissions are due by Monday, Sept. 30, 2024.

About Teacher Liaisons

International Teacher Liaisons, established by Space Foundation in 2004, is a thriving community of over 375 educators in 40 U.S. states and 25 countries dedicated to inspiring the next generation of explorers. This internationally recognized program not only enhances teaching skills through professional development programs but also fosters a supportive community for educators while influencing space and science education on a global scale.

This inclusive program is open to public, private, and homeschool teachers, as well as school administrators, principals, specialists, curriculum and instruction developers, and individuals involved in delivering education programs to kindergarten through college students. International Teacher Liaisons leverage space-related education initiatives and practical resources, serving as advocates for space-based education within their schools and districts, shaping the future of education through the lens of space exploration.

To learn more about Teacher Liaisons, visit

About Space Foundation

Space Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering education, collaboration and information for the global space ecosystem. Driven by partnerships, Space Foundation unites the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through support from corporate members, sponsors, fundraising and grants. Visit Space Foundation at, and follow us on FacebookXInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube.


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Space Foundation
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