ITEST Project Recruitment Letter

Please share with teachers in your areas!

Dear TEACHER,

STEM Storytelling through Podcasts for Sighted, Blind, and Visually Impaired Students (or SSP for short) is an NSF-funded project involving the use and creation of podcasts in the classroom. We are attempting to broaden participation for blind and visually impaired and sighted upper-elementary students through engaging with podcast technology to tell stories about scientists, including those who are Blind and Visually Impaired. We would like to invite you to consider being a part of our teacher advisory board.

About the Teacher Advisory Board
For this project, we want to make sure to include a range of teachers’ voices, expertise, and experience. We will use our teacher advisors’ feedback in designing and modifying our podcasts and resources developed as part of this project. We are looking to recruit 25 teachers from a mix of classrooms with sighted students and/or with blind and visually impaired students, who teach STEM courses in grades 3-5, and are working in a variety of schools and conditions across the country.

Our teacher advisors will help review our material throughout the year, providing feedback via short questionnaires and focus group discussions with other teachers. They will also help by testing some of our resources in their classrooms with their kids. We expect that involvement with the advisory board will take roughly 10 hours over this academic year. Duties will involve:

  • Reviewing materials 2-3 times throughout the year
  • 1-hour focus group discussions at 2 times throughout the year
  • Completing 2-3 short questionnaires throughout the year that take roughly 15 minutes each
  • As appropriate and reasonable, testing resources in your teaching

Teachers who are selected as a teacher advisor for this project will receive a $500 stipend for the year. They will also receive recognition as a teacher in a national project, as well as early access to podcast resources and professional learning opportunities. There will be an opportunity for teachers to continue in years 2 and 3 of the project, as well.

If you are interested, please go to the teacher interest form to apply!

Thanks,

-Marshall Escamilla

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