K-12 Teacher Opportunity – NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies

Program Description: The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curriculum for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and STEM education experts who will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classroom while improving STEM education within their community.   During the fall and spring term of CCRI the research team will consist of NASA Principal Investigators who will lead graduate student research assistants  and high school STEM educators to become immersed in a NASA science research area of study related to climate change. During the spring semester the graduate student research assistant and high school STEM educator will continue to perform NASA research. Additionally, the high school STEM educator will develop an Applied Research STEM Curriculum Portfolio, which will integrate components of their research into a comprehensive unit plan that utilizes NASA education resources while aligning instruction of NASA Science and STEM curriculum to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The teacher will then implement the STEM curriculum into their classrooms and also provide community outreach STEM engagement events related to their NASA research study. The fall and spring term will not conflict with the educators’ primary schedule, roles or responsibilities at their school site.

During the summer session the primary research team will add an undergraduate intern and high school intern to the CCRI research team where the STEM educator will lead and work collaboratively on a full time basis to complete the research project, create a power point presentation and a scientific poster that will be presented at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and other regional symposiums. The final symposium may have participants from other government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and many others.

Program Dates:

Fall: 10/7/19 -12/13/19: (5 hours per week for 10 weeks)

Spring: 02/03/20 – 04/10/20: (5 hours per week for 10 weeks)

Summer: 07/06/20 – 08/14/20: (40 hours per week for 6 weeks)


STEM Teacher Stipend: $7,650.00


Requirements: Teachers applying for this position must be full time, in service credentialed teachers with a subject matter competency related to the research project.


To apply for the CCRI STEM Educator position, please fax a cover letter, resume, transcripts and letters of recommendation from a current supervisor (Principal, Assistant Principal, Department Chair, etc) to:


Matthew Pearce

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

2880 Broadway | New York, NY 10025

Fax: 212-678-5552


The cover letter should include the projects being applied to ranked in order of preference and a description of how the project being applied to aligns with the teachers current teaching position.


Applications are considered upon receipt. For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Matthew Pearce at matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov


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