Research Experience for Teachers
RET at UWM is supported by the National Science Foundation and is administered through the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Geosciences, and the Manfred Olsen Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM). Science teachers are recruited STATEWIDE as interns, and accommodation is available (paid for by the program) for those interns who do not live a convenient distance from the UWM campus.
The general objectives the RET program are: to collaborate with science teachers in middle and high schools to improve the quality of science education and thus to stimulate the interest and imaginations of students who might not otherwise pursue science studies at college; to further develop and nurture the links between UWM and the educational community in the State of Wisconsin; to further the professional development of middle and high school instructional staff; to allow educators to develop specific teaching projects which they will take back to and use in their classrooms; and to develop online courses to support the continuing education of science teachers in Wisconsin. A major goal of the program is to seek ways of improving the quality of teacher training and providing enrichment and support for in-service teachers.
The main program activities begin in June and last 6-8 weeks, during which interns work full-time at UWM or a distant site with their faculty mentors. Teacher - interns are expected to: broaden and deepen their knowledge of astronomy, chemistry, geosciences, and physics; increase their science literacy; reconsider how they teach the traditional chemistry, geosciences, and physics curricula; use their experience during the program to develop an original teaching project suitable for incorporation into classes that they regularly teach in their schools; and to present their work at a regional or national meeting (for example, an AAPT meeting), or at the WSST spring meeting.
For a list of meetings attended by 2013 interns, see "Collaborators" in the left hand menu bar.