Educational partnerships between scientists/faculty and K-12 teachers offer mutual professional benefits. NIMBioS brings the two communities together through its Teacher Collaboration Program (TCP). The program pairs K-12 teachers with interest in mathematics and biology with active researchers in the math biology community including: faculty, post-docs, and educators from the institute and recruits from the math biology community. Collaboration activities can include electronic emails, phone sessions, teaching projects, classroom visits (in person or via web), cooperation for after school activities (in person or via web), curriculum discussion, enhanced applications to math biology, and discussions on work assignments.
Partnerships promote the unity of science and math education. Through their partners, teachers gain access to resources and knowledge of the latest science and math research and perspective on education at the university level. And through their K-12 teacher partners, scientists and university faculty improve communication skills, learn the latest in pedagogy, and gain insight into education at the K-12 level.
NIMBioS also maintains a TCP Wiggio, an online collaboration community, for the purpose of sharing ideas, information, resources and event schedules.
For more information about the program and a link to request a partner, go to http://www.nimbios.org/education/teacher_collaboration