Teacher Partnership Program

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**Signup for the Teacher Partnership Program for the 2016-2017 school year is closed!**

 New volunteers

Training

Full training is provided. New dates for 2017:

  • 26th January 5.30-7.30pm
  • 8th February 5.30-7.30pm

Any questions email partnership@ubclts.com 

Background 

Truly unique to Let’s Talk Science, the Teacher Partnership Program (TPP) pairs a volunteer (a.k.a. the scientist) with a teacher in the Vancouver community. The scientist visits the teacher’s classroom throughout the school year and leads the students in hands-on, fun activities. This program exposes the students to a "real-life" scientist and helps the teacher supplement his/her science curriculum.

 

TPP is the core of Let’s Talk Science at UBC and is by far our most popular program for volunteers, teachers and students alike. The volunteer-teacher pair work as a team to decide on the topic of each visit as well as other visit logistics (date, time, etc). After the topic is chosen, the volunteer can create his/her own activity, check out our pre-assembled classroom activities, or can contact a coordinator for ideas and help (supplies@ubclts.com). We also supply the volunteer with all the needed materials and even have a modest budget for each visit that can be used to purchase materials we don’t have.

 

The experience is rewarding for all who participate in TPP. Many of the relationships formed between volunteers and teachers continue from year to year and both parties enjoy working together as part of the team. Volunteers gain experience presenting and communicating with the public. Teachers enjoy have an expert to help with the science curriculum. Most importantly, students have real-time interaction with a scientist who engages them in a hands-on/minds-on science activity. In other words, this program makes science FUN!!

 

What is required of teachers and volunteers?

 

We ask that teachers and volunteers commit to at least three visits over school year (more visits are great!). We train volunteers on how to give an effective presentation and teachers are also able to support the volunteers in this regard. Again, we have a variety of resources to assist volunteers in planning these visits. Teachers are also asked to give evaluations at the end of each visit so that we can continue to improve the program.

 If you have any questions please contact the TPP Coordinator (Claire) at partnership@ubclts.com.

 

 

 

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