Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers

The Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers (SSEATs) is a professional development opportunity is designed for fourth through ninth grade science teachers who will venture to Washington D.C. for a week-long program that involves behind-the-scenes access to the Smithsonian Museum and its world-class facilities.  While receiving training in science pedagogy, participants will also learn from experts in the field of science and research.  

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Summer 2019 Program and Dates: 

  • June 23 - 28, Biodiversity
This is a tremendous opportunity for FIVE middle level educators to build a professional network, develop workshops, and explore the D.C. area and all it has to offer.  Educators in the Great Lakes Bay Region (Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw counties) who teach 5th - 9th grade science are encouraged to apply.  Preference will be given to those who have not previously attended.

CMU’s Center for Excellence in STEM Education will provide: 
  • Registration for the event - $2,500 per participant, which includes workshops, housing, and some meals. 
  • A travel voucher for $500, participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.
Following the summer professional development, teachers have the opportunity to: 
  • Participate in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) with colleagues who attended SSEATs. The PLC may meet twice the following year (once in fall and once in spring). 
  • Develop teacher workshops and student outreach at the CMU Center for Excellence in STEM Education. 
Interested educators should complete the online application by close of business on April 1, 2019.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than April 15, 2019.

The work of the Center for Excellence in STEM Education is generously supported in part by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.