A few days ago I had the pleasure to attend a conference at NASA for about 50 current and future science teachers. All were either in their first two years of teaching or about to start their training. I was moved and impressed by this group of TALENTED, CREATIVE, DEDICATED people. California is very lucky to have people like these devoting their energy and intellect to helping our kids. They are doing the most important job in the state. Please do whatever you can to help support teachers like these and to create an environment in which more like them can be recruited to teaching. Thank you.
Here's the back story. This summer I participated in the STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Program as an advisor. This program gives new and future science teachers the opportunity to do summer research at national laboratories around the country (like NASA, Lawrence Livermore, BioSphere, and many others). Participating teachers receive a stipend and money for housing and travel. It's a great program.
As public schools in my area open this week I want to say THANK YOU to all the teachers. Thank you for your energy, professionalism, and creativity. Have a great year!
Here's a cartoon: