Initially funded by a 3- year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Elementary Teachers Engaged in Authentic Math and Science is a partnership between Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Independent School District.
Our vision is of an inclusive community in which preservice elementary teachers build the knowledge, experience, beliefs, and dispositions needed to challenge and support underrepresented young adolescents to achieve excellence in STEM learning.
What is ETEAMS?
ETEAMS is a collaboration bringing together research scientists, pre-service and inservice teachers, grades 4-8 students, teacher education professors, and instructional coaches for the purpose of increasing performance, confidence, and interest in mathematics and science.
Three sites serve as professional development schools for the education, research, and teacher preparation components of the partnership efforts:
- STEM Thursdays – Students and teachers participate in engaging science and math experiences led by university scientists and mathematicians.
- Curriculum – Pre-service teachers will collaborate with inservice teachers to offer high-quality, inquiry-based, hands-on integrated math and science curriculum.
- Instructional Coaching – Experienced site-based coaches will support preservice teachers, school collaborations, and instruction in middle levels classrooms.
- Peer Mediated Instruction – Upper elementary and middle school students will tutor younger elementary school students, increasing confidence and knowledge in mathematics.
- Highly Qualified Math & Science Teachers – Workshops will help both pre-service and inservice teachers add a grades 4-8 math or science teaching certification.
- Authentic Science Research – Pre-service and inservice teachers will participate in original science research with university researchers. Participants will not only learn about science, they will become scientists as they work in the field and lab.