Teacher and District Benefits
Each Collaborative offers a variety of benefits that may vary depending on the program. The following is a sampling:
- Access to high quality research-based professional development at no cost to the teacher or school.
- Free instructional materials for classroom implementation of the professional development.
- Leadership opportunities to present at district, state, and national conferences and professional meetings.
- Networking with a group of professionals dedicated to honing their craft and achieving STEM education excellence.
- Building relationships with professors in Institutions of Higher Education.
- Stipends for summer or weekend attendance.
- Support for completion of graduate courses or degrees.
Mentor Teachers (STMs/MTMs) are expected to:
- Complete 100 contact hours of professional development focused on improvements in science or mathematics content knowledge.
- Take a pre/post test of their content knowledge.
- Mentor other teachers referred to as Cadre Members (CMs), and share strategies, resources and materials with entire school.
- Keep school administration informed about the Regional Collaborative professional development activities and their impact on student achievement.
Campuses and/or districts are expected to:
- Provide STMs/MTMs with release time as agreed to in the teacher application to join the Regional Collaborative.
- Work with the Regional Collaborative to collect data about the impact of the TRC on student achievement (i.e. TAKS/STAAR scores, TMSDS measures).
- Support STMs/MTMs to provide mentoring and assistance for other district teachers (CMs).
- Use the TRC structure to scale up and maximize improvements in STEM teaching and learning.
- Provide facilities for Regional Collaborative training if necessary.