Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
and the Department of Defense (DoD)
What is RET?
This Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site on cyber-enabled technologies provides opportunities for science, math, and technology teachers to work with faculty at Florida International University's School of Computing and Information Sciences. The program is an intensive, six (6) week program where 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 are expected to provide important insights for developing computational-thinking competencies in schools to prepare students to join the 21st Century workforce. The program targets teachers from the Miami-Dade County Public School (M-DCPS) and Broward County Public School systems. Projects are assigned based upon teacher’s interests, faculty and graduate students' availability, and what they can take back to their classroom.
A typical day begins at 8:00 AM and runs through 4:30 PM, with classes in research methodology, Python programming, HTML, etc., in the mornings, followed by independent research time in the afternoons where teachers will be working on their selected research project. Teachers will be interacting with our faculty and graduate students daily to conduct cutting-edge research. Friday afternoons, teachers meet to discuss the results of their weekly research efforts together with all of our participating faculty, graduate students, and mentors.
Success in the program requires a full-time commitment to the six-week program. The results, however, are well worth the effort, as teachers will come away with a much greater appreciation for advanced research, how to integrate their results into the classroom, and a variety of new tools that will help make them successful in their classroom during the academic year.
There are several reasons to apply to the RET program at FIU
Nature of Activities for Teachers
Additional Program Details
Eligibility for Application