Enhancing the STEM Ecosystem through Teacher-Researcher Partnerships

  • William Tapprich University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Neal Grandgenett University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Heather Leas University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Steve Rodie University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Robert Shuster University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Chris Schaben Omaha Public Schools
  • Christine Cutucache University of Nebraska at Omaha
Keywords: Higher Education, STEM Ecosystem, Teacher-Researcher Partnerships

Abstract

STEM faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) have partnered with teachers and administrators in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) to implement a Teacher-Researcher Partnership Program. This program establishes resources and infrastructure that engage K-12 science teachers in scientific research experiences. In the first implementation of this program, eleven UNO faculty mentors, drawn from several STEM disciplines, were matched with eleven OPS teachers to conduct genuine research projects in support of their teaching.
Published
2016-01-01