AMP IT UP! Teacher Externship Program
There are approximately 11,000 vacant jobs in STEM fields in Massachusetts with too few applicants with the required skills to fill the jobs, and too few students choosing to enter STEM occupations. Teachers of mathematics and science, who understand the real-world applications of the content and skills they are teaching, are in a good position to make STEM learning more meaningful to students, and to interest those students in STEM careers.
Providing STEM teachers’ with actual work experience in new STEM fields is a strategic investment in addressing the pipeline challenge.
The North Shore Workforce Investment Board offers a STEM Externship Program for middle and high school STEM teachers which will include both a one day externship and a professional development that will help teachers apply their externship experience to their teaching. The expectation is that teachers will develop curriculum projects or structured opportunities for enhanced student learning of STEM content and its relevance to problems and possibilities in the working world.
The externship is a one day job shadow in a local company where teachers will work on projects that apply their subject matter in real-world work situations. Examples of possible work within the externship setting include observing:
- Research and development activities
- The manufacturing of products
- The delivery of services for clients
- Lab and related research activities
- The preparation of written documentation for clients or customers (in English or other languages