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GK-12 Partner Teacher Program Information

Dartmouth GK-12 Project

2014-2015 Academic Year


The Dartmouth GK-12 Project provides funding and support for graduate students in science, engineering, and mathematics at Dartmouth College to work with local middle school teachers (grades 6-9) to develop inquiry-based activities designed to increase students' understanding of and interest in science. Up to eight graduate students (Graduate Fellows) will be paired with teachers (Partner Teachers) for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Graduate Fellows and Partner Teachers will collaborate to develop or improve science lessons that incorporate strategies shown to foster creativity and communication. Graduate Fellows will receive training related to teaching, learning, communication, assessment, and creativity throughout the year; they are NOT, however, student teachers pursuing a degree in education. Rather, they are researchers pursuing a graduate degree in science, mathematics, or engineering, who wish to improve their communication skills by working with middle school teachers and students. They will have opportunities to teach middle school students and will be mentored by their Partner Teachers as well as GK-12 Program Staff. One goal of the project is to foster long-term partnerships with teachers in the region.

Partner Teacher Applications and Principal Recommendations due Monday, April 14, 2014:

Partner Teacher Application Form

PDF Version of GK-12 Partner Teacher Information


By partnering with Graduate Fellows, Partner Teachers will gain:

  • An awareness of current trends in their science areas of interest and a deeper understanding of current research
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • Access to resources at Dartmouth College (e.g., Biological and  Greenhouse, Shattuck Observatory, and Dartmouth Libraries)
  • Opportunities to develop ongoing relationships with researchers at Dartmouth College

Middle school students in the Partner Teacher’s classroom will:

  • Be exposed to research scientists as role models
  • Engage in science as doing research
  • Improve their attitudes and interest in science and pursuing science careers


The Dartmouth GK-12 Project for the 2014-2015 Academic Year will run from July 2014 through June 2015. Partner Teachers are expected to:

  • Participate in a GK-12 Orientation in June and at the beginning of the academic year.
  • Work with GK-12 Graduate Fellows to create or improve active, inquiry-based lessons, activities, and projects that incorporate current research and foster creativity.
  • Provide multiple opportunities for the Graduate Fellow to teach and co-teach inquiry-based lessons, activities, and projects.
  • Support your Fellows in creating a grade-appropriate lesson/module related to his/her research. This module should be designed so that it may continue to be used by future Dartmouth graduate students with similar research interests.
  • Attend the Science Exchanges at Dartmouth College each term (four Exchanges will be held per school year). There will be other optional Dartmouth events and workshops open to Partner Teachers.
  • Participate in the GK-12 Symposium at Dartmouth College in the spring, highlighting your class participation in the program.
  • Meet periodically with GK-12 Project Staff to provide feedback on the program and Graduate Fellows' progress.
  • Complete evaluations of your partnership and the program as requested by GK-12 Administrative Team and the external evaluators (2-3 times/year).Partner Teacher Stipend

Through the Dartmouth GK-12 Project, Partner Teachers will receive a 12-month stipend of up to $5,000 plus opportunities for professional development recertification hours. Some funding may be available to purchase supplies and materials for the classroom.

Who May Apply

Any middle school science/ math teacher in grades six through nine who addresses the following topics as part of their curriculum: Biological Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Psychological and Brain Sciences, or Chemistry. Applicants must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.


  • Application due: Monday, April 14, 2014
  • Principal's Recommendation due: Monday, April 14, 2014
  • Interviews conducted: late April - mid May
  • Anticipated Announcement of Awards: late May


Partner Teacher Application Form

PDF Version of GK-12 Partner Teacher Information

For questions about being a Partner Teacher, contact Judy Filkins Ross, GK-12 Program Teacher Liaison

Last Updated: 12/10/13