IISME Details: Follow-up Activities
As in almost all programs in which teachers have
short-term educational experiences, the ultimate success
of the program depends on the quality of the follow-up
activities. IISME has arranged for a whole series of
- Periodic meetings and workshops that are
typically hosted by companies and which provide
leadership training, career and technical
information, discussion forums, computer
training, and sharing of Action Plans and other
strategies for transfering what has been learned
into the classroom.
- IISME-L, an online mail list for all IISME
Fellows and mentors, to facilitate continued
contact after the summer experience.
- Eyes on IISME,
a teacher-generated newsletter which goes out
periodically to all IISME Fellows and mentors.
Clicking here will give users of this RISE web
facility a feeling of direct contact with the
IISME Summer Fellowship Program as well as
- Fund for Innovation, a mini-grants program for
IISME Fellows to assist them to transfer their
summer experience into their classrooms and
schools. (In the first three years of FFI,
$53,000 in grants have been awarded to IISME
- An ongoing, teacher-initiated series of
telecommunications and technology training and
- On a more informal basis, many mentors also agree
to make classroom visits, arrange industry field
trips for students, donate surplus equipment,
serve on curriculum review committees, etc.
IISME views these follow-up activities as crucial to
its success. Not only do they ensure that teachers will
not become isolated back in their classrooms after having
had the IISME summer experience, but they expand and
strengthen the network of resources within the business
community available to IISME Fellows.