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The mission of the RE-SEED Program is to recruit, train and support volunteer retired scientists, engineers and other STEM professionals to assist K-12 STEM teachers and students in the classroom. Our vision is to spark interest and improve student outcomes in STEM resulting in more scientifically literate citizens and to foster careers as scientists, engineers and other STEM professionals. We do this following these values and strategies;
- We give priority to underserved and underperforming schools.
- We focus on the middle school years (6-8) which are critical for student preparation in pursuing STEM-related fields.
- We serve all schools, public and private, religious and secular, without discrimination.
- We train our volunteers in research based STEM pedagogy before they serve in the classroom.
- We promote strong collaboration with teachers to maximize student STEM learning
Since 1991, the RE-SEED program at Northeastern University has trained retired scientists and engineers and others with backgrounds in science or mathematics to provide classroom assistance to K-12 science teachers. There are over ninety volunteers assisting science teachers in the greater Boston area through the Boston RE-SEED Center. After taking part in a comprehensive training program, participants typically assist in school classrooms one day a week for one academic year. The RE-SEED Program is part of the Center for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Education at Northeastern University. Other programs focus on science teacher professional development and student assistance in science learning.
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