The Center for STEM Education will be accepting applications for the Texas Teacher Externships Program (TEX2) beginning November 30, 2017. Funded by the Texas Education Agency, TEX2 will provide resources and support to offer teachers across the state of Texas experiences interacting directly with industry leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The Center will award $20,000 grants to up to 31 selected organizations to develop programs that provide opportunities for classroom teachers to learn about local industry trends, needs, and opportunities that they can then bring back to their classrooms to enhance instruction and, ultimately, student learning and achievement.
This program builds on the Teacher Externship Pilot Program that ran from January – August 2017, providing teachers across Texas the experience of interacting directly with STEM industry leaders.
About TEX2 – What’s an Externship?
TEX2 defines an externship as a professional development opportunity connecting the classroom to the workplace. Through conversation with industry leaders and via direct experience at a job site, the teacher learns about trends, skills and opportunities in industries related to their content area in order to enrich and strengthen instruction and to bring relevance to student learning.
A collection of resources, including reports and presentations by TEX2 pilot program participants, for those looking for more background on the externship program.