DreamSTEM’s Summer Educator Externship Program
DreamSTEM’s Summer Educator Externship Program is launching in June 2021. This professional development opportunity places area teachers with STEM-focused businesses and organizations throughout Northeast Ohio, giving educators opportunities to experience 21st century workplaces firsthand, and then link classroom experiences with real-world applications with the ultimate goals of improving the number of Black and Brown students who enter STEM disciplines and professions and strengthening our economy.
5th to 12th grade educators throughout Northeast Ohio, with a strong preference for educators who teach a high percentage of Black and Brown students.
The 4-week program begins June 28 and ends July 26. Educators will work on-site at the host organization Monday through Friday, with specific hours arranged between the educator and the host organization.
Educators will be paired with STEM-focused companies throughout Northeast Ohio, including InvaCare, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, and Synthomer, and can rank their preferences for which companies they join.
Educators will be paid stipends of $500 per week for the four-week experience, and may also be eligible for continuing education or reduced cost graduate credit. Educators will work from the host site, and have daily interactions with staff. In addition, educators and host staff will co-design a capstone experience for the educators to complete prior to the conclusion of the externship. Additionally, teachers will be asked to participate in a public sharing of their work after the externship has ended and to participate in a series of debrief conversations.
Participating educators will be expected to follow CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety protocols while on-site at host organizations.
Contact Alyssa Lenhoff-Briggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.