The Petroleum Science and Technology Institute and Hildebrand Teacher Leadership Program

Wednesday 12:05 PT / 1:05 MT / 2:05 CT / 3:05 ET Online


Sabrina Ewald, Frisco Independent School District
Dawn Chegwidden, Lewisville High
Hilary Olson, The University of Texas at Austin
Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas at Austin

The Petroleum Science and Technology (PST) Institute in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin provides Texas high school STEM teachers with professional development through a week-long, summer science and engineering experience. In summer 2020 the institute migrated online, using Canvas and Zoom. The summer institute aims to help teachers better understand the application of the geosciences and engineering to the petroleum industry, provides information about career opportunities, and makes connections to the global economy and climate.

Beyond institute activities, the Hildebrand Petroleum Science and Technology Institute encourages participants to pursue a two-year, mentored journey of professional growth and leadership development - the Hildebrand Teacher Leadership Program. Teachers who participate in the program undertake a series of supported activities that map to ten leadership criteria based on those developed by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Teacher Education Division. In this presentation, we share examples of (1) how we integrated PST activities into our own teaching practice and (2)activities that we are carrying out to satisfy the criteria for Hildebrand Teacher Leadership designation.

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