Founded in 2005 by the ExxonMobil Foundation and professional golfer Phil Mickelson, the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy provides third- through fifth-grade teachers a one-week all-expenses-paid intensive professional development program designed to give them the knowledge and hands-on skills they need to inspire their students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. More than 2,600 U.S. grade-school teachers have attended the Academy since it was founded. The 2011 Academy will take place at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. To learn more about the Academy and to apply online for the program, visit www.sendmyteacher.com. The application deadline is October 31, 2010.
A panel of teachers from the NSTA and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics will review the applications and select the 100 teachers who will attend the summer 2011 Academy.
For those who attend, it's an experience they'll never forget. From learning fun, hands-on activities and proven classroom management strategies to networking with other teachers from around the United States, the program prepares them to ignite student passion for math and science. Teachers return to their schools energized, eager to implement the ideas they've learned in their classrooms, and enthusiastic about sharing best practices with their colleagues.