San José Unified Teachers Selected for The Tech Academies of Innovation Fellowship

April 26, 2019

Four teachers to participate in two-year Mechanical and Software Engineering Education program sponsored by The Tech’s Bowers Institute

April 26, San Jose, CA—Four San José Unified School District teachers have been chosen to participate in the award-winning “The Tech Academies” fellowship program. Teachers Laura Joy Lamkin and Rebecca Lunceford from Galarza Elementary and Anson Lam and Kimberly Masegian from Carson Elementary will join a cohort of forty educators from other local school districts and expanded learning organizations, developing leadership skills and expertise in engineering instruction as they begin their two-year fellowship. As the district resource for engineering education and design thinking, they will train other San José Unified educators across the curriculum in engineering and design thinking, creating a growing network of STEM leaders supporting excellence in the San José Unified community.

Fellows can choose to specialize in either software engineering or mechanical engineering. Both cohorts will work closely with instructors from The Tech’s Bowers Institute with additional support from San José State University to those teachers selected to the software engineering cohort. Both groups will receive more than 90 hours of in-depth, hands-on professional development, ultimately exposing their K-12 students to engineering as they foster development of 21st Century problem-solving skills critical to any career and increase the number and diversity of students pursuing engineering professions.

Fellowships are for two years. First year participants learn how to integrate engineering or computer science into their own instruction. By the second year, members develop as leaders and trainers — attending an intensive two-week summer institute in 2020, and then spending the 2020-2021 school year training other educators in their district or organization.

“The Tech is proud to support our ten school district partners and the expanded learning organizations serving these districts with the systemic integration of engineering and computer science in core K-12 curriculum,” said Christina O’Guinn, Senior Director of Educational Partnerships for The Tech Museum. “Together, we will ensure that all students are regularly challenged with real-life applications of ELA, math, science and social studies skills and concepts through engaging problems, so that all students are prepared for tomorrow’s Silicon Valley careers.” 

“We are thrilled that representatives from San José Unified will be attending this program. Upon completion, they’ll be able to share the knowledge learned with other educators in our district, ultimately enhancing engineering and computer science coursework throughout our K-12 program,” stated Jodi Lax, Associate Superintendent, Division of Instruction for the San José Unified School District.

About San José Unified School District
Preparing today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow, the San José Unified School District (SJUSD) is an innovative leader in education. Serving close to 30,000 students from transitional kindergarten through high school in 41 schools from Downtown San José to the Almaden Valley, San José Unified is Silicon Valley’s largest and most diverse school system. 

About The Tech Academies
The Tech Academies is a network of model STEM programs and Engineering Education Leaders that nurture the next generation of Silicon Valley innovators. The program is run by The Tech Museum of Innovation as part of its Bowers Institute, in partnership with school districts and after school partners. Since 2014, the program has selected schools and expanded learning programs through a competitive application process to support the integration of engineering and computer science across the curricula.  In 2019, The Tech Academies received the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education from the California Association of Museums.

About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum — located in the Capital of Silicon Valley — is a non-profit experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. The Tech’s mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone. Thetech.org

About San Jose State University
The SJSU College of Science (COS) works to transforms its majors into qualified science and science education professionals for a global and regional Silicon Valley workforce, and prepares them for advanced training and lifelong learning. The COS Jay Pinson STEM Education Program is a collaborative effort dedicated to increasing the capacity of teachers to deliver effective instruction in STEM, with particular focus on broadening access to computer science.