The Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA) is focusing on retaining STEM teachers in AZ classrooms. Through the Teacher Leadership Program (TLP) new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers (protégés) as well as experienced teachers (mentors) collaborate to support professional learning that meets the needs of new teachers as well as developing teacher leaders. This mentoring program uses a hybrid face‐to‐face and electronic communication approach to build instructional and leadership skills of science teachers throughout Arizona.
Mentors and protégés apply to participate and commit to a 3‐year cycle of ongoing learning in a carefully designed, implemented, and assessed program. Funding support from the APS Foundation allows the program to reach teachers across the state. ASTA partners with the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics and the Arizona Technology in Education Association to deliver the induction and leadership program that meets the needs of STEM teachers. The program is carefully and skillfully organized and facilitated in order to meet the goals and objectives that result in retaining our science/STEM teachers.
The TLP serves dual roles – it provides a statewide induction program for novice teachers of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) (K‐12) as well as leadership training for experienced K‐12 teachers of STEM. ASTA couples face‐to‐face professional development via an annual science conference and regional professional development meetings with on‐line experiences to develop relationships among K‐12 teacher leaders (mentors) with novice K‐12 teachers (protégés). The TLP has two main goals:
1) Support novice science teachers (protégés) by providing them a mentor, resources, and a professional learning community; and
2) Develop leadership skills in current classroom teachers (mentors) by providing them the opportunity to be mentors to protégés, training and resources, and a network of leaders in implementing science education reform.
The objectives of the TLP include:
· Increase the science, technology, engineering and/or math pedagogical content knowledge of mentors and protégés
· Increase the knowledge and leadership skills of master teacher‐leaders as mentors
· Increase the degree of collegial support provided to participants
Participants in the TLP will meet throughout the 2016-17 academic year. They include:
|Kristi Goeke - Yavapai County||Audrey Corners - Yuma County|
|Vicki Massey – Maricopa County||Josiah Sanchez - Maricopa County|
|Geneva Baker – Pinal County||Maggie Cannon - Maricopa County|
|Svea Anderson - Pima County||Mark Calton - Pima County|
|DaNel Hogan – Pima County||Ariana Gowda - Maricopa County|
|Alise Kraus – Pinal County||Kelley Hawley – Yavapai County|
|Kimberly Dugdale – Apache County|