CA-STEM Prospective Teachers applying for the Bechtel K-8 Educational Excellence Initiative



 Time Commitment

  • You will need to attend a two-week summer workshop, usually held in July (actual date for the 2015 workshop is July 20 - July 31), on the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) campus. All project participants are required to attend the entire workshop. During this workshop, you will work directly with graduate teaching fellows from CSM.
  • Throughout the academic year, you will mentor a graduate teaching fellow in your classroom for a total of 10-15 hours per week.
  • Throughout the academic year, you will meet with your graduate teaching fellow to provide him or her guidance in the teaching process and to jointly plan classroom instruction.


  • You must be assigned to teach mathematics or science at the elementary or middle school level (grades K-8) in the Denver Public Schools for the academic year 2015-2016.
  • Teacher participation is restricted to two years. If you have already participated for this time period, we cannot accept you this year. For teachers whose first year in the program was the 2014-2015 academic year, there is the possibility of a second year.

Direct Benefits

  • A $1000 per year honorarium.
  • A CSM graduate student providing direct classroom assistance throughout the academic year.
  • The option of earning continuing education credits at CSM (for an additional cost).

Indirect Benefits

  • Improved content knowledge and increased knowledge of the applications of mathematics and science to engineering.
  • Better understanding of technology.
  • Increased classroom resources.
  • Access to ready to use mathematics and science curricula.
  • Availability of software and curricula that have been developed based on classroom needs.

Your Application must include the following:

  • A resume highlighting teaching experiences for each teacher.
  • A letter of support from the school's principal. The principal may select to write a single letter identifying all recommended teachers within the school.
  • A completed application form. Click here for the Teacher Application Form.


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