Paid Professional Development Opportunity at UMaine

Friday, December 16, 2016 by Katie

7th Annual University Classroom Observation Program - Now Accepting Applications


The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (the RiSE Center) is pleased to offer an opportunity for middle school and high school science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teachers to observe courses at the University of Maine for our 7th Annual University Classroom Observation Program (UCOP).  Teachers who participate in this program will receive $1300 ($25/hour) and 52 contact hours, or 5.2 CEUs.  This program is sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Teachers participating in UCOP will be visiting university courses in any of the four STEM disciplines and recording observation data.  These data are then used to develop data-driven professional development for faculty on campus.  UCOP staff will be training participant teachers to use a specific observation protocol, the Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS).  Teachers will be observing courses in a variety of STEM fields and at various levels (first-year to senior level courses).  Preference will be given to those teachers who have not yet had a chance to participate in this program. 


The program takes place during February and April vacations.  

  • Round I will take place Tuesday, February 21 - Thursday, February 23 
  • Round II will take place Tuesday, April 18 - Friday, April 21

Each of the first six days will run from 8 am to around 4 pm.  Friday, April 21 will run for half a day, from 8 am to 12 pm, and will provide opportunity for teachers and faculty to meet and discuss teaching and learning.  Participants must attend all six and a half days.  Lunch and refreshments will be included on all days, however due to budget constraints we are unable to provide housing - we are happy to recommend places to stay in the Orono area.  


Apply online today at!


We hope you will consider being a part of this exciting program!  Application review will begin on Monday December 26th (extended deadline).  Please email Erin Vinson at if you have any questions. 


Thank you,


Erin Vinson - STEM Professional Development Coordinator, School of Biology and Ecology/RiSE Center? Michelle Smith - Associate Professor, School of Biology and Ecology/RiSE Center? MacKenzie Stetzer - Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy/RiSE Center ?Susan McKay - Director, RiSE Center


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