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Paid Teacher Learning and Exploration: Educator Maker in Residence at Madjax

Updated: Jul 29


This summer, a group of teachers took part in an Educator Field Trip to Mursix Corporation. Photo by: Kyra Zylstra


MUNCIE, Ind. – Calling all teachers and educators! Is there a topic you are excited to explore to bring new insights and real-life application to your classroom? Have your students ever asked, “Why do I need to know this” or “When will I ever use this”? We have the perfect opportunity for you to lead your own educational project the way you want to. Bring your interests and build collaborations with other educators, gain access to new tools and equipment and get the support you need to help students think like a maker!


“We are excited to launch this brand new initiative to support educators and strengthen connections to the workforce,” said Kyra Zylstra, director of Future of Work at Madjax.


The Educator Maker in Residence program is a pilot program that is focused on creating a “learning community” of educators, students, and workforce partners. Our goal is to stretch past typical education and promote essential workforce skills such as leadership, project-based learning, growth mindset, and more.


The program will start in March with residents meeting twice monthly for a couple of hours during the evening for training and planning. Planning sessions will be focused on developing your own personal summer project with help from workforce partners and student apprentices. To learn more about the program, visit https://sustainablemuncie.org/educator/.


In addition to a free membership to the Madjax Design Lab, you will also receive a $2,500 stipend and access to a variety of equipment, technology, tools, and industry connections. Applications will close on Jan. 31, 2022.


“This program was designed by teachers for teachers to help integrate the skills needed for a future workforce in meaningful and relevant ways,” Zylstra said. “We are excited to provide educators with a learning playground, a learning community, a maker mindset focus, and a greater connection to the local workforce to energize their professional journey and strengthen their classroom instruction.”


UPDATE: Applications are now closed. Please check back in January 2023 for information about the next application cycle.


Published in the Muncie Journal January 9, 2022
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