NASA MUREP Educator Institutes (MEIs)
Funding from the NASA Minority University Research and Education Project in 2016 – 2018 provided the opportunity for Minority Serving Institutions, or MSIs, to participate in five-day MUREP Educator Institutes at each of the 10 NASA centers starting summer 2016. Institutes were composed of student-centered classroom activities that use NASA assets and resources. The institutes were designed to help educators develop instructional practices that enhance STEM instruction for all students.
Recognizing that teachers are on the front-line in helping to address the nation’s need for more STEM professionals, NASA has devoted significant resources to the delivery of professional development for educators and the development of NASA classroom activities and resources. In order to make these resources fully available to educators prepared by the nations’ minority-serving institutions, pre-service teachers and faculty sponsors from MSIs participating in MEI attended a week-long NASA Institute delivered on-site at a NASA Center, supplemented by an additional 16 hours of online professional development completed prior to and following the week spent on site. In order to scale-up efforts to provide such institutes, NASA in 2015 entered a cooperative agreement with the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University to facilitate MUREP Educator Institutes at the 10 NASA Centers each year for three years beginning in 2016.