SRET

Mission

To strengthen teaching through intensive summer research collaborations

among P-12 teachers, university professors, Ph.D. and undergraduate students

Program

Since 2016, CTI has operated the Summer Research Experience for Teachers (SRET).  This program extends the impact of CTI Fellows and seminars by placing CMS teachers in university research environments.  Year 1 of the SRET supported 10 teachers in two research labs with the support of four graduate students.  Year 2 of the SRET supported 14 teachers in four research labs with the support of five graduate students.  The focus of these experiences, partially supported by an NSF supplement for graduate student career growth, was to engage teachers in university-level research alongside graduate students and scientists.  Teachers not only conducted university-level research, but developed curricula in collaboration with the graduate students, to be implemented in the fall following their participation.  Year 3 of the program is scheduled for summer 2018 to support 16 CMS teachers.  UNC Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University, and Queens University will have faculty host teachers in the scientific laboratories and on their research projects.  Also Year 3 will include faculty from English and Religion, as well as from Biology, Chemistry and Physics to facilitate these collaborative research projects with teachers.

Product

Each research team will create a professional poster to present at the university research symposium at the end of SRET.  The poster will be created collaboratively with teachers, students and faculty mentors using conventions and approaches from the particular scholarly discipline.  Teachers will bring posters back to their schools to share with colleagues and students as a tool to inspire research.

Outcomes for University Professors

  1. Improve confidence and self-efficacy in subject content and teaching, 21st century learning skills, and leadership attitudes.
  2. Enhance mentoring skills centered on historical, literary and scientific techniques and communication
  3. Advance research agenda through collaboration with teachers

Outcomes for P-12 Teachers

  1. Improve confidence and self-efficacy in subject content and teaching, 21st century learning skills, leadership attitudes, and career awareness.
  2. Develop a deeper understanding of best practices in historical, literary, and scientific research
  3. Explore the research process, including creating research questions and consulting literature
  4. Conduct hands-on research projects in a university environment
  5. Analyze and present data in an effort to draw conclusions
  6. Develop a plan for sharing research experience with students and colleagues

 Outcomes for Ph.D. and Undergraduate Students

  1. Improve confidence and self-efficacy in subject content and teaching, 21st century learning skills, leadership attitudes, and career awareness.
  2. Develop mentoring skills centered on historical, literary and scientific techniques and communication
  3. Enhance historical, literary, and scientific communication skills through collaboration with teachers
  4. Help teachers create a plan to demonstrate cutting-edge research in the classroom
  5. Develop leadership skills in supporting an ongoing research project with multiple contributors

2018 SRET

2017 SRET

2016 SRET