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Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF)

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What is RET?


This Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site on Cyber-enabled technologies provides opportunities for teachers of science, math and technology to work with faculty at Florida International University. Through a six (6) week program, teachers participate in technical and educational research as part of a research community.

Why RET at FIU?


Under the coherent theme of cyber-enabled technologies, the proposed site offers an effective research experience for teachers on state-of-the-art, high-quality research in fields such as social networks, cloud computing, privacy and security. The new activities implemented in the schools during the academic year is expected to provide important insights for developing computational-thinking competencies in schools to prepare students to join the 21st Century workforce. The program plans to target teachers from the Miami-Dade County school district.

Why apply?


There are several reasons to apply to the RET program at FIU

  • You will be paid $6,300 for 6 weeks for doing some cutting-edge research
  • You may receive appropriate professional development credits from M-DCPS
  • You will work on cutting-edge research in the area of cyber-enabled technologies including security, privacy, cloud computing and social networks.
  • You will build long term collaborative partnerships with the research community
  • You will grow your knowledge of cyber-enabled technologies
  • You will increase your technology competency through research and professional development programs
  • You will receive assistance in developing class curricular using your experience
  • You receive a collegial partnership experience with faculty and peers

Nature of Activities for Teachers

  • Develop innovative, standards-compliant curriculum modules
  • Participate in a number of professional development activities
  • Become active learners as members of a research community
  • Attend workshops and seminars
    • Heuristics in picking up specific research skills
    • Technical and professional seminars
    • Weekly invited talks on emerging research
    • Faculty and peer mentoring

Additional Program Details

  • No prior Scientific research experience is necessary
  • Women and minorities are encouraged to apply
  • We welcome pre-service and in-service teachers
  • We are eager to support teachers in their professional development

Eligibility for Application

  • US Citizens only
  • Teachers whose schools are within commuting distance to FIU

 

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