LTER Research Experience for Teachers
The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program engaging teachers in authentic field-based science that deepens their understanding of research and its applicability to their students.
The NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program matches K-12 teachers with scientists for 8-10 weeks of field data collection and independent research. The goal of the LTER RET program is to enhance the professional development of K-12 science educators through research experience at the emerging frontiers of science in order to bring new knowledge into the classroom. RETs are recruited from a variety of site partnerships. The RETs become intensely involved in individual research projects, and they are exposed to each sites broader research program. The goals of the programs vary from site to site to better focus on site specific research projects.