Downers Grove North High School Science Department Chair Mike Heinz has been selected as one of approximately 40 teachers worldwide to participate in the 2019 MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers. Held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, the week-long program in July will include hands-on sessions, lectures from MIT faculty, and introductions to the latest research on campus.
“Anyone who knows Mike knows how passionate he is about both students and science,” says Janice Schwarze, principal at North High. “This opportunity acknowledges his talents and will enhance his knowledge and abilities even further to bring back to our school and community in the fall.”
“I’m excited and honored to be attending this program and to have the opportunity to learn from and to network with experts from one of the most distinguished universities in the world,” says Heinz. “I’m thankful to the community members who had confidence in my abilities and who brought this opportunity to our attention.”
According to MIT, teachers from all over the world will attend the program, bringing together diverse backgrounds in science, technology, math, and education. Heinz’s application “stood out because of the innovation, creativity, and leadership” he demonstrates in his teaching. Teachers were also selected based on how well they integrate technology in their classrooms as well as their demonstrated innovation in their teaching practice.
This summer will mark the 30th annual Science and Engineering Program for Teachers at MIT.