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NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)
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Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program (COFSP)

Roles and Tasks:

  • Program Coordinator

    • Oversees total implementation of the program.

    • Assists in promotion of program as well as dissemination and review of applications.

    • Assists in selection process of Teacher Leaders, RET Teachers and COFSP Fellows.

    • Creates timeline.

    • Coordinates location and times for professional development.

    • Monitors Unit and Activity development respectively for RET Teachers and COFSP Fellows.

    • Observes RET Teachers and COFSP Fellows teach challenge based learning lessons and engineering design process via instructional Units and Activities.

    • Creates a project calendar for keeping records of teaching dates for all participants.

    • Plans culmination event.

    • Collects task sheets for COFSP Fellows.

  • Evaluator

    • Collects data on effectiveness of the professional development.

    • Monitors and evaluates the implementation of the program and measures learning gained.

    • Reports findings.

  • Teacher Leaders (6)

    • Collectively deliver 10 hours of professional development to RET Teachers and COFSP Fellows.

    • Supervise RET Teachers and COFSP Fellows in creation and implementation of challenge based learning and engineering design process instructional Units and Activities.

    • Offer, if possible, observation opportunities for RET Teachers and COFSP Fellows.

    • Provide formal feedback regarding RET Teachers and COFSP Fellows creation and implementation of challenge based learning and engineering design process instructional Units and Activities.

    • Sign- off on task sheet for RET Teachers and COFSP Fellows.

    • Attend RET/COFS Final Presentations Program and Banquet in April 2014.

  • RET Teachers

    • Attend the Orientation Session.

    • Attend the 4 evening Professional Development sessions.

    • With guidance from the Teacher Leaders, submit a draft of an instructional Unit using the CEEMS Template.

    • Work with the Fellow assigned to their classroom to create a weekly school schedule.
    • Identify an Activity topic for the Fellow.

    • Review, provide feedback to and approve Activity constructed by Fellow before and after implementation.

    • Complete Monthly Progress Survey (Online.) .

    • Sign assigned Fellow's Log book 1x/Month.

    • Attend and present at RET/COFSP Program Final Presentations and Banquet in April 2014

  • COFSP Fellows

    • Attend the Orientation Session.

    • Attend the 4 evening Professional Development sessions.

    • Work with an assigned RET teacher in the classroom or with students in an afterschool math or science program or club for 6 hours/week with additional preparation time of 4 hours per week.
    • Post activities related to project on a weekly Google calendar.

    • Submit an Activity Plan draft to Teacher Leader and RET Teacher.

    • Develop and implement an instructional Activity based on a topic already being taught in the RET Teacher's classroom.

    • Incorporate topic of Capstone project into instructional Activity.

    • Create and implement, with the assistance of the RET Teacher, the Activity pre and post assessment tools designed to measures student learning.

    • Submit a reflective essay on student learning, the effectiveness of the Activity and what would be done differently if the Activity was taught again.

    • Revise final Activity in preparation for posting on RET website.

    • Make a final poster presentation at the Program Final Presentations and Banquet in April 2014.

Timeline of RET Events


August - September 16th, 2013: Open application process for Teacher Leaders, RET Teachers and Choose Ohio First Scholarship Fellows.

September (week of 23rd) 2013: Selections are finalized for Teacher Leaders, RET Teachers and Choose Ohio First Scholarship Fellows.

September - October 2013: Teacher Leaders plan Professional Development Sessions.

October 9th, 2013: Orientation Session on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 4:30pm-6:30pm for Teacher Leaders, RET Teachers and Choose Ohio First Scholarship Fellows.

October 9th, 2013: First week of Fellows assignment to RET Teachers' classrooms.

October 15th, 2013: Professional Development Session on Challenge Based Learning

October 22nd, 2013: Professional Development Session on Engineering Design Process

October 29th, 2013: Professional Development Session on Curriculum , Academic Content Standards, Assessment, Instruction and Misconceptions

October - December: RET Teachers are offered the opportunity to observe Teacher Leaders, if possible.

November 5th, 2013: Professional Development Session on Unit, Lesson and Activity Construction.

December 1, 2013: RET Teachers identify an Activity topic for the Fellow by December 1, 2013. RET Teacher identify a big idea for the Unit they will create and share with the Teacher Leader.

January 2014: Activity for Fellow is developed in draft form including pre and post assessments and submitted to Teacher Leader and RET Teacher for approval. Unit for RET Teachers is developed in draft form including pre and post assessments and submitted to Teacher Leader for approval.

February 2014: Teacher Leader and RET Teacher provide feedback and approval to Fellow for finalized Activity. Teacher Leader provides feedback and approval to RET Teacher for finalized Unit.

February and March 2014: Fellows teach Activity to students and administer pre and post assessments. RET Teachers teach Unit to students and administer pre and post assessments.

February and March 2014: Fellows assess data collected and evaluate success of Activity and impact on student learning. Teacher Leader and RET Teacher provide critiques and feedback on Activity implementation. RET Teacher assesses data collected and evaluates success of Unit and impact on student learning. Teacher Leader provides critiques and feedback on Unit implementation.

March 2014: Fellows submit a reflective essay on student learning, the effectiveness of the Activity and what would be done differently if the Activity was taught again. Fellows revise and submit Final Activity Plan to be posted on the RET website. RET Teacher completes Unit template requirements (part that needs completion after implementation.) Teacher Leader and RET Teacher complete evaluation tool together.

April 2014: Fellows and RET Teachers make a final presentation at the Program for Final Presentations and Banquet in April 2014.