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What is PSTI?

The NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI) is a professional development program for higher education students studying to become STEM teachers. Targeted participants will include but are not limited to underrepresented and underserved students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) nationwide. The program affords participantsto gain pedagogical and content-based training in a blended format to include online and face to face meetings. Online instruction will be delivered via a learning management system preceding the face to face meeting(s). Face to face meetings will occur in one of two separate one-week sessions at NASA Johnson Space Center. All activities will incorporate the use of NASA education resources, the use of evidence-based teaching practices, the integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and the use of authentic teaching experiences unique to understanding human space exploration. Participants who complete the institute will produce a comprehensive electronic portfolio qualified to support a professional profile, academic studies, and/or an increase in marketability for positions in teaching STEM subject areas.

Important Dates

Program Dates:

  • Online Course for all participants
    May 12-June 2, 2014
  • Face to face workshops at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX
    PSTI Section 1: June 8, 2014 through June 13, 2014
    PSTI Section 2: June 22, 2014 through June 27, 2014

Application Deadline: April 28, at 12:00 pm noon, CT, 2014

Application and Eligibility Info

Program Goals

  • Utilize NASA Education Resources related to human space exploration that demonstrate true integration of STEM.
  • Provide pedagogical and content-based training in order to enhance pre-service P-12 teachers' knowledge, skills and strategies for teaching STEM.
  • Provide opportunities for authentic teaching experiences.
  • Demonstrate the delivery of instruction in the virtual and traditional fashions.
  • Equip participants with an end product useful for marketing their acquired skills.

The PSTI institute is designed to increase your skills in the STEM areas. Pre-Service Teachers will practice teaching mathematics and science while incorporating technology into their STEM classroom curriculum. During the PSTI Institute, Pre-service Teachers will develop an e-portfolio (online collection of work) containing the resources shared during the program, daily journals, create lesson plans to use in your classroom at your grade level, develop a final presentation, and participate in online collaboration before, during and after the institute.

Participant Benefits

Travel – Air travel for participants who reside outside of the 300 mile radius of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX will be provided. Participants who reside within a 300 mile radius of NASA Johnson Space Center are required to drive to the workshop and will receive mileage reimbursement.

Hotel – Hotel accommodations are covered by PSTI for participants only.

Ground Transportation – Transportation to and from NASA, including field trip sites is covered by PSTI.

Meals – Meals are provided for PSTI participants only.

Resource Materials – Access to NASA Education Resources will be demonstrated during thecourse of PSTI. Participants should have access to a personal wireless laptop computer and a digital camera during the face to face portion of PSTI.

General Contact Information:

Pre-Service Teacher Institute Support
jsc-psti@mail.nasa.gov