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.
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.