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Montshire STEM Teacher-Leader Certificate Program

The Montshire STEM Teacher-Leader Certificate Program is designed to create and support a network of classroom teachers who have the tools, knowledge, and passion to become leaders for STEM education in their schools.

Be a Force for Change in Your Classroom and School

Over the course of the program, teachers will participate in over 40 hours of professional development that will include hands-on workshops, seminars on science education, and conversations with visiting scientists and engineers.

Sessions give teachers access to the museum’s resources, including staff and community expertise, curriculum resources and exhibit areas.

Over the course of the school year, participating teachers will:

  • Receive extensive professional development in STEM education
  • Work side-by-side with fellow educators from across the region
  • Be coached and mentored by experts in K-8 STEM education
  • Develop the skills and theoretical science understanding to support inquiry-based science education in your classrooms
  • Infuse a culture of science learning in your school community

Learn from the Montshire’s education team, who will serve as the core faculty for this program. Each Montshire staff member will offer their depth and diversity of expertise in K-8 science education. The program also includes visits to or from research scientists and engineers from such places as Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Medical School, Thayer Engineering School and the US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab.

A $500 stipend will be provided to each participating teacher.

Program Components Details
Kick-Off institute:
October 5
An introduction to inquiry-based science, engineering and experimental design through the lens of NGSS, as well as an opportunity to set and share goals for the year.
Curriculum Coaching Day:
November 9
Participating teachers and museum educators work in small groups, based on curriculum needs and interests, to further their own instructional practice.
Three Workshop Sessions:
January 11
March 8
May 10
Full-day workshops, each focuses on a specific science content area and related science practices. Each workshop includes the following components:
a. Inquiry-Based Professional Development Workshop
b. Lesson Share and Reflection, facilitated by a participating teacher
c. Cohort Field Trip or Visit, where teachers meet with field-based experts and scientists
“Teach the Teachers” Workshop
To be scheduled
Each Teacher Leader will create a professional development workshop for colleagues at their school. This development process is facilitated through video conferences throughout the school year to discuss, plan and structure these experiences with Montshire Educators, as well as fellow Teacher Leaders.

Be a Leader in STEM Education

This program is ideal for teachers who:

  • Want to strengthen your expertise in K-8 STEM learning
  • Are eager to improve science education practices in your own classroom
  • Have at least two years of classroom experience

Participating teachers must be:

  • Current and emerging science leaders in their schools.
  • In 2021/22 we are giving priority to teachers of grades 5-8

A maximum of 10 teachers will be accepted into the program.

Additional application and program requirements:

  • Letter of support from the applicant’s Principal acknowledging release time needs (5 days) and that the teacher is an appropriate candidate for the program.
  • Each participant will be required to lead a STEM education professional development experience for their colleagues. This can occur during an in-service day, faculty meeting period, or at a regional or state-wide teacher conference.


STEP 1: Complete and submit the application. Application period closed for 2021/22.

STEP 2: Download, complete, and submit the letter of support from your school principal