The Space Foundation announced Thursday it’s adding 27 new educators, including nine from India, to serve in its teacher liaison program and further international outreach.
Increasing the total number of international teachers in the program to 29, the new advocates will be recognized at the Space Foundation’s 32nd Space Symposium April 11-14 at The Broadmoor.
“There will be one day at the symposium dedicated to their professional development,” said Bryan DeBates, senior director of education at the Space Foundation. “At the discovery center, they will receive training and new curriculum on space education to integrate into their classrooms.”
The program includes more than 150 educators from the U.S., Australia and India. This year, eight teacher liaisons from the Pikes Peak region were selected to participate.
“Our goal is for the program to continue to influence space and science education at an international level,” DeBates said. “Last year there were 40 different countries represented at the symposium and we hope that translates to more amazing teachers connecting and getting excited about space-based education.”
The program began in 2002 and new educators are selected every January. They are able to remain in the program as long as they continue to meet program requirements, actively advocating space and science education at their schools.
“It’s a great way for teachers who are passionate about using space in their classroom and getting kids excited about learning, to network and share educational ideas with other teachers around the world,” DeBates said.
Teacher liaisons serve as links between the Space Foundation and their schools, often working with other organizations, such as NASA. They’ve created a Facebook page, allowing any teacher to join, ask questions and exchange information.