National Aeronautics and Space Administration Successful Strategies for Involving Parents in Education

James B. Fitzgerald
James B. Fitzgerald Jim is an Aerospace Education Specialist working out of the NASA Glenn Research Center’s Education Programs Office as a representative of the Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP). AESP is a comprehensive project designed to reach out to the formal and informal education community in all fifty states and the U.S. territories. The AESP staff consists of specialists who are professional educators assigned to each NASA center. The AESP specialists share NASA's use of emerging instructional technologies and the motivating outcomes of NASA's research, exploration and discovery with education communities and the public. The AESP primary focus is a professional development effort that serves the elementary and secondary education community by providing classroom demonstrations, distance learning events, in-service training for educators, pre-service training for university students, and identification of appropriate NASA education resources. The project also motivates students to continue their study of science and mathematics throughout their school career and encourages them to pursue the NASA workforce pipeline.

Jim primary responsibilities are presentation of teacher workshops to in-service and pre-service educators. He has 16 years experience teaching grades 4-8th and holds a Master in Science (Oklahoma State University) and has done work toward a PhD in Environmental Science (Oklahoma State University). Jim is a member of NSTA, NCTM, ITEA and many state education organizations. He is a member of the Ohio Space Grant Consortium and has worked with many other state Space Grant Organizations.

Keely Keyser
Keeley Keyser Keely Keyser is the NASA Explorer School Coordinator at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. She has a Specialist degree in Technology Facilitation; Masters Degree in Special Education both from Duquesne University in Pennsylvania. Her Bachelors Degree is in Earth and Space Science, General Science and Environmental Science Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her role at the NES Coordinator at Stennis, Keely facilitates professional development to in-service educators, supports family night events for NES schools and is the lead for multiple NASA informal education outreach events.

Prior to joining the NES staff she was an Education Specialist at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. During her time in Florida, Keely was honored by the Girl Scout Citrus Council by being named the 2007 Girl Scout Woman of Distinction for her contributions in Science/Technology Education. As a member of the KSC education team Keely was also honored with a Group Achievement award for the educational programs designed to inspire Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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