ExxonMobil and American Geosciences Institute Announce STEM Leadership Academy for Educators

16504934545_f4ce75b99f_zExxonMobil Exploration and the American Geosciences Institute are pleased to announce the sixth annual Leadership Academy. The academy focuses on Earth science and STEM topics for elementary and middle school teachers. The elementary academy takes place June 15-19 and the middle school academy takes place July 20-24. Both academies will be in Houston, Texas.

The Academy is looking for teachers who already are, or who have the potential to become, science professional development leaders in their home school districts. All travel, lodging and meal costs will be covered by a grant from ExxonMobil. Each academy has space for 28 participants. Organizers encourage teams of three or four to attend from each state or school district (although this is not a requirement).

The Leadership Academy will provide content, hands-on activities, resources, and field experiences that teachers can use with their students in the classroom and with their colleagues in professional development settings.

Topics covered during the workshop’s 40 hours include:

  • Introducing Earth system science to students
  • Teaching Earth science with an emphasis on STEM and science & engineering practices
  • Investigations that help students understand the Nine Big Ideas in Earth Science
    (from the Earth Science Literacy Principles)
  • Teaching the seven Energy Literacy Principles
  • Resources for learning and teaching Earth science (K-5 GeoSource website, Investigating Earth Systems, Nine Big Ideas and Essential Energy Literacy Principles videos, Earth Science Week Kits, and many others)
  • The work of geoscientists in the energy industry
  • Using learning centers in classroom and workshop settings
  • Planning, conducting, and evaluating successful Earth science workshops

Principals are encouraged to nominate teachers by the March 16 deadline. Please send names and e-mail contact information for nominees to Dr. Ed Robeck, Director of Education and Outreach, American Geosciences Institute, at

A link to the downloadable application form will be sent to each applicant. Nominees will be asked to send in three items with their completed application form, preferably in an electronic format. These items are:

  • A current curriculum vitae or resume that includes contact information, degrees, teaching and other work experience, and any professional development training received and/or experience in conducting workshops
  • A letter of commitment to attend the Academy if selected
  • A letter of recommendation and commitment from their principal stating that the teacher will be permitted to conduct professional development workshops for their peers