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Middle River Middle School department chair named Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy Fellow

TOWSON, MD—Anthony V. Carter, Jr., the career and technical education department chair at Middle River Middle School, has been selected as a 2019–20 Teacher Fellow in the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy.

Carter, a resident of Havre de Grace, is one of 26 middle school science, technology, and engineering teachers receiving this designation from the Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Science Teaching Association.

Chosen from school districts in communities where Northrop Grumman operates across the country, the Teacher Fellows will participate in a variety of science, technology, and engineering-related activities and professional learning opportunities.

“We are excited to welcome this year’s teaching fellows to the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy,” said Stephanie Fitzsimmons, K–12 STEM education programs manager at Northrop Grumman. “These professional educators will embark on a yearlong journey with us and NSTA culminating in a hands-on externship engaging with our engineers and technologists to help build the bridge between their classrooms and our communities.”

“This is truly a remarkable group of educators, dedicated to expanding their knowledge base and improving their teaching skills in order to reach all students,” said NSTA Executive Director Dr. David Evans. “We congratulate this year’s cohort of Teacher Fellows and look forward to supporting them in their efforts to transform STEM education.”

The Teacher Fellows were selected based on several criteria, including displaying a strong desire to advance STEM education and apply real-world applications in the classroom. During their fellowship, recipients will:

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  • Attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Boston, Massachusetts and pre-conference special events, April 1–5, 2020;
  • Participate in a five-day summer workshop at a Northrop Grumman facility in Los Angeles, where they will continue to explore teaching strategies and programs for integrating effective and authentic engineering design practices and workforce skills in their classroom;
  • Participate in an immersive, 60–70-hour externship at a local Northrop Grumman facility, where they will be partnered with an engineer/technologist to observe and experience critical workforce skills in action;
  • Engage in online professional learning through a comprehensive NSTA membership package which offers a variety of web-based professional learning activities, including a specially designated online learning community;
  • Develop classroom materials that integrate an authentic, real-world application linked to the externship experiences; and
  • Access resources and develop strategies to share their learning with colleagues so they can build capacity within their schools and districts.

Launched in 2016, the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy was created to help enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence in science, technology, and engineering, while increasing teacher understanding about the skills needed for a scientifically literate workforce.

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