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TEA Associates Program

An Invitation!

The TEA Program invites you to become part of the Polar Learning Community!

The TEA Program invites all teachers, even those who have not traveled to the poles (or who may have no wish to go to the poles), to bring the polar research experience into the classroom!

What do TEA Associates Do?
TEA Associates collaborate with others in the Polar Learning Community to incorporate on-line journals, CU-SeeMe sessions, and electronic communications into their classroom. Associates, TEAs, and researchers discuss current science topics and new discoveries, develop and test on-line materials for the polar classroom, and identify and share polar resources and information. TEA Associates are invited to parcticipate in TEA Program workshops and events and to help build connections to other teachers, classrooms, and students.

Associates are grouped in geographic networks (under development). Each network has at least one TEA who acts as a facilitator. The facilitator hosts occasional workshops, answers questions, assists with the technology, and may visit classrooms.

A limited number of travel grants are available for TEA Associates to attend the NSTA National Convention and other TEA workshops.

How does one become a TEA Associate?
Each Associate must submit a short application (follows).

By 15 July, each Associate submits an electronic program plan of no more than three pages to Stephanie Shipp. The plan describes how TEA materials will be incorporated into the classroom in the upcoming school year. The plan includes a tentative schedule, outline of activities, and desired learning outcomes. Classroom plans will be posted on the TEA's-Only Web site and reviewed and discussed with other TEAs and Associates to leverage the learning experience.

An evaluation questionnaire will be mailed electronically to the TEA Associate at the close of the school year to gather ideas and suggestions for changes to the program.

Being a TEA Associate does not mean that the Associate will become a TEA. However, the Associates are invited to apply to the TEA Program.

What are the advantages of being a TEA Associate?

  • Investigation of one of the most remote places on our Earth

  • Incorporation of exciting, cutting-edge research into the curriculum in real time

  • Inclusion of new technology in the classroom in a meaningful way through use of the Internet, electronic mail, and CU-SeeMe tools

  • Parcticipation in TEA events and National meetings with assisted funding

  • Collaboration with a dynamic group of teachers, researchers, and students for the development and growth of a Polar Learning Community

  • Application for TEA Associates Program

    School Name, Address, Phone:

    Phone and Address for Summer:

    E-Mail Address:
    Name of Mentor TEA:
    Grade Level and Subjects Taught:

    How are Arctic and Antarctic science currently incorporated into the materials you teach?

    How do you anticipate the TEA program can enhance your curriculum?

    Will your students have direct Internet during the time the TEA site is being used?
    Yes No

    Do you have access to CUSeeMe hardware and software (this often is coordinated by a technology specialist in the school)?
    Yes No

    Select to submit your request.
    Select to erase everything in the form.

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