Space Foundation, CSU-Pueblo to collaborate on teacher education

The Space Foundation signed an agreement with Colorado State University at Pueblo to provide distance education, internship, pre-service and in-service instruction, as well as collaborative research and service opportunities.

The two organizations signed the agreement today, and plan to explore new ways to enhance teaching at the Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade levels, to improve the effectiveness of Colorado education and to increase awareness of space careers.

An internationally recognized advocate for space and education, the Space Foundation offers a wide variety of programs focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Its flagship program is a series of graduate-level Space Across the Curriculum courses that provide PreK-12 educators nationwide with standards-based concepts, teaching tools and hands-on lessons ready for the classroom.

Through the CSU-Pueblo agreement, the Space Foundation will deliver Space Across the Curriculum courses to pre-service and in-service teachers – part of a program of continuous and extended exposure to field experiences that will help increase educators’ effectiveness as they enter the field of teaching. The agreement also includes establishing short- and long-term Space Foundation intern experiences for students enrolled at CSU-Pueblo.

The offerings will primarily focus on PreK-12 teachers who wish to improve their science teaching skills, become leaders in science and space education or learn more about applying contemporary science teaching strategies in their schools. As a result, CSU-Pueblo will create an emphasis on space studies through both the School of Education’s Master of Education program and its Continuing Education programs.

CSU-Pueblo’s Continuing Education program will help the Space Foundation develop and deliver Space Across the Curriculum in both real-time and delayed-time interactive programs to educators nationwide.

The Space Foundation and CSU-Pueblo will establish cooperative research agendas, including short-term (within one year) and long-term (one-to-five years) research objectives that will result in submission of a variety of external funding requests. They also will develop collaborative service projects that may include, but are not limited to, teacher workshops and public outreach programs.