Successful Strategies for Involving Parents in Education
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 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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