Offering professional development opportunities and resources to STEM educators

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) recognizes the importance of professional development and strives to provide teachers with resources, information and opportunities to stay on the forefront of STEM curriculum.

Science education begins when students first begin school and ORISE is committed to providing educators with the best opportunities possible to enhance their students' knowledge of, and excitement for, STEM subjects. Through ORISE-sponsored professional development opportunities, teachers can bring the science of tomorrow into today’s classrooms by bridging the gap between the authentic scientific research being conducted at U.S. national laboratories and the curriculum being taught in the classroom.

ORISE offers professional development programs for teachers at every level and places a high value on equipping elementary, middle and high school teachers with the best tools and experiences possible to enhance their classroom instruction. If you are a K-12 educator looking for a creative and engaging way to increase your knowledge and experience in the STEM disciplines, ORISE has a number of teacher workshops and professional development opportunities available during the summer months.

Teacher opportunities

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts.

ARC/ORNL Math-Science-Technology Summer Institute
High school educators and students from rural towns in Appalachia participate in this hands-on, two-week, residential program focused on mentored authentic research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Joint Science and Technology Institute
A two-week, residential program for current high school students intended to expose students to scientific research through hands-on projects, to enable students to work with real-world scientists, and to increase students’ awareness of career opportunities in related fields.

ORAU Center for Science Education
The Center for Science Education at Oak Ridge Associated Universities, which manages ORISE, offers classes and other opportunities designed to equip teachers to provide STEM instruction in creative and engaging ways.

K-12 STEM calendar

A number of opportunities are offered for teachers to participate in STEM programs that enhance classroom teaching. During the summer months, ORAU offers a variety of STEM education workshops to provide middle and high school educators the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that enhance their STEM curriculum.