The GK-12 Transforming Experiences Project at the University of Colorado Denver is a 5-year National Science Foundation (NSF) funded grant which institutes a system that enhances and strengthens the research and teaching of the chosen GK-12 Fellows. Through interdisciplinary teams - Transforming Experiences Learning Communities (TELC) - including science and mathematics GK-12 Fellows, university content faculty and middle school Lead Teachers (LT), the project creates a process for transformation and simultaneous renewal. The GK-12 Fellows, with assistance from their faculty mentors, serve as Resident Mathematicians (RM) and Scientists (RS) to middle school classrooms as co-instructional partners for enhancement of curriculum, positive role models, and content and research experts. Collaborating LTs are chosen because of their high participation in the Rocky Mountain Middle School Math and Science Partnership (NSF funded), and assist GK-12 Residents with the understanding and implementation of a variety of instructional strategies, learning theory, and curricular development.
Additionally, global connections are made as TELCs participate in regular collaborative experiences with international colleagues. Selected GK-12 Residents and members of their TELC have an opportunity to travel to China to work with international researchers while experiencing other K-12 science and math educational systems.