The EPO currently runs several educational and training programs for STEM teachers. The EPO presents two six-week Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs at our Ithaca campus each summer and STEM Teacher Professional Development Workshops in New York City every semester.
The primary objective of the RET programs is to increase student achievement in science by providing professional development activities for middle and high school STEM teachers. The RET program is a two-part program that enables teachers to develop both confidence and competence in their scientific skills and to disseminate this knowledge to other teachers. The initial component of the RET program is the six-week Team Research Experience that offers many teachers their first glimpse of scientific research through team research projects in the CCMR Shared Experimental Facilities. This program educates three teachers each summer. The second component of the program is the six-week Independent Research Experience modeled directly after our own REU program where a previous Team RET teacher returns for a second summer to conduct an individual research project in their area of interest. At the end of the programs, the teachers develop a materials-related curriculum for their classroom.
The STEM Teacher Professional Development Workshops in New York City are held at the Cornell Weill Medical School in the fall and at Columbia University in the spring. The goal of these weekend workshops is to provide hands-on activities that teachers can use to excite students about science. The CCMR is authorized by the New York State Education Office of Teaching Initiatives to provide Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit for all our teacher programs. In the past, EPO has presented its teacher workshops in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Syracuse, NY. For the academic year 2020-2021, these workshops will be presented remotely.
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