“The Commission believes that the greatest impact will come from expanding programs to train teachers of science, mathematics, and technology. Future efforts should include in-service active teachers and pre-service teachers, i.e., those who are still in training in university and college programs. Such efforts should focus on providing engaging, state-of-the-art content aligned with existing national science and technology education standards, and emphasize approaches that allow students to experience first hand the thrill of discovery and innovation.”
Report of the President’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy, 2004
The NASA Science Mission Directorate and its Support Network has a unique opportunity to forge relationships with education faculty and others invested in pre-service teacher preparation to: 1) develop a deeper understanding of pre-service programs and needs; and 2) identify diverse ways to meet those needs relating to space science education. By identifying, enabling, and leveraging such partnerships, the Support Network can help facilitate better preparation of teachers in space science content and pedagogy, while bringing the excitement of space science directly into the classroom.
The Pre-Service Education Working Group is working to initiate discussions and partnerships to build a foundation of understanding and to define collaborative paths to bringing space science into the pre-service educational environment.
Charter of the Pre-Service Educator Working Group
“…..America’s students must improve their performance in mathematics and science if they are to succeed in today’s world and if the United States is to stay competitive in an integrated global economy. …..the most direct route to improving mathematics and science achievements for all students is better mathematics and science teaching…..”
— Before It’s Too Late: A Report to the Nation from the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, 2000