Teachers serve a vital role in the Scientist in Residence program. Each teacher is paired with a single graduate student fellow and is expected to provide essential teaching support. In return, teachers are provided with a financial stipend, a scientist in your classroom, and valuable scientific resources for the development of innovative curriculum that meets TEKS standards.
What are unique opportunities for teachers in SciRes?
- The SciRes program brings a graduate student content expert into a teacher’s classroom to develop engaging activities and effective lesson plans.
- The graduate student also serves as a professional STEM role model.
- The partnership enhances teachers’ coverage of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
What teachers and principals are saying about their experience with SciRes:
“SciRes helped me covering the TEKS by giving me access to experts who would show my students how the material is applied which helps with theory.” Teresa Oleniczak, Anderson HS
“The resident came up with creative and exciting ways to teach the TEKS.” Judy Buckles, Gattis ES
“I love the program and think it is a really valuable resource, my students have really responded well to science, they have so many hands-on activities and they really look forward to the visits.” Kristy Kessler, Blackland Prairie ES
“SciRes gets kids excited about careers in science.” Jessica Davis, Bowie HS
“The program is truly a great offering that we in AISD should take advantage of. When asked if it felt like extra work, 6th grade science teacher Kelly Grieve said ‘No way! Katrina helped me brainstorm ideas for the typically most boring and dry TEKS! My students and I both benefited from this partnership.’ As an administrator, this is exactly the sort of program we should be looking for; there’s no downside and both institutions (and participants) benefit.” Adam Holman, Assistant Principal, Murchison MS
How to apply:
The SciRes Program will go on hiatus for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please look for the teacher application in the summer of 2021. If you have questions concerning the Scientist in Residence program please contact the coordinator.
Natally Mendez, K-12 STEM Outreach Coordinator