About EPDC

When you think of NASA, images of astronauts, spacecraft and incredible photos of celestial bodies in our universe might pop into your head. You might also envision such technological wonders like rockets, the International Space Center, or manmade satellites orbiting the Earth. But you may not be fully aware of NASA’s many past and current missions all aimed at deepening humankind’s understanding of the universe.

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative is a project led in collaboration with Texas State University. We aim to maintain and build upon the best of the existing NASA professional development offerings and to work with students of all ages to provide them with engaging STEM content through exciting NASA STEM contexts. EPDC works closely with NASA to pilot and subsequently implement other innovative, high-impact approaches to new audiences of students and both formal and informal educators.

Our NASA STEM EPDC Mission

The Texas State NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative is a national educator professional development system comprised of and designed to serve STEM Educators at all levels including university pre-service educators, pre-service teachers, K-12 teachers, and informal educators. We recognize that students are the primary beneficiaries through our support with educators.

Our mission is to guide and support a broader group of educators to utilize the best of NASA’s professional learning resources. We will coordinate the delivery of these learning experiences through a highly expert staff of Texas State University Education Faculty Specialists strategically located at NASA’s Research and Space Centers.

We will also work towards developing new materials with expert faculty teams at Texas State University and partner faculty members from other universities and PD centers. We will provide professional learning experiences and resources to thousands of educators per year via four integrated delivery mechanisms of 1) NASA Face to Face (F2F) Institutes, 2) Partner-delivered Educator Professional Development (EPD), 3) Online EPD, and 4) Community-Requested EPD. By supporting educators and institutions, EPDC is a critical link in serving diverse audiences of students and inspiring and motivating them to pursue STEM fields of study, careers and opportunities with NASA.

EPDC and Texas State University

NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative is an innovative, comprehensive, national network system grounded in educational theory and best practices. NASA STEM EPDC is a transformative, diversity-focused educator professional development system with a national scope led by Texas State University.

Texas State University is an experienced national leader in designing and developing research-based Educator Professional Development with a STEM focus. The College of Education’s evidence-based teacher preparation and induction practices are closely aligned with standards and recommendations put forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The university is home to a diverse campus community where ethnic minorities make up 55% of the student body, 37% of which is Hispanic. Texas State University is recognized by the federal government as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), is the state’s largest HSI university, and ranks among the top 15 universities in the nation for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students. Texas State University is the largest university producer of teachers in Texas, and among the largest nationally, preparing approximately 700 teachers each year.

Foundational Principles

The NASA STEM EPD Collaborative will impact students of all ages, higher education faculty, pre-service teachers, K-12 teachers, and informal educators. It is based on five innovative approaches that serve as foundational principles:

  • Respect for the culture and language of the learner
  • Openness to sharing learning and harnessing the power of scholar/expert partnership
  • Boldness to leverage the potential of massive online learning and badging system
  • Commitment to innovate a national impact evaluation model that gets to the heart of professional learning and behavior change
  • Attention to the educator across their professional continuum

2018 NASA STEM EPDC Annual Report

The EPDC project is pleased to share news of last years accomplishments. To learn more about our successes, please click.