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Aviation High School Facilitator Guide

Teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through an Exciting Introduction to the Aviation Industry

Sarah K. Anderson Leslie M. Martin Paul R. Snyder Brittany D. Hagen

408 pages
Aviation Supplies & Acad Inc

This facilitators’ guide and corresponding interactive student notebook addresses a growing need for solid instruction, inquiry, and development of 21st century skills in aviation, at the high school level. This instructor guide delivers the resources necessary for high school teachers to provide an excellent introduction to aviation. The guide promotes aviation as an innovative field and includes exploration of aviation as an industry and the study of the fundamentals of flight, while exploring the various career opportunities available within the aviation industry.

The guide and accompanying digital materials include plans for research-based teaching of technical information, standards-based activities, assessments and resources all designed to engage students’ different learning styles. It is intended to be used by professionals entering a high school aviation classroom with varying industry expertise and experiences. All lessons are planned for a standard, 50-minute lesson time, or could be combined to accommodate block scheduling. Lessons may be taught independently within any subject (science, technology, engineering, math, history, language arts) or used as a comprehensive aviation-themed curriculum. Each lesson plan includes an introduction, education standards, essential questions, purpose, how to accomodate students with special needs, preparation, comprehensive directions for the lesson activity, steps, instructor guidance, and assessments. The curriculum is intended to be used for grade levels 9-12, and is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards for Math and Language Arts, and North Dakota Aviation Standards.

This curriculum provides 14 essential topics divided into chapters to engage the next generation of the aviation workforce. It has been backwards designed; that is, goals were set before choosing instructional methods and forms of assessment. Topics include: the science of flight, aviation history, career paths, aerodynamics, principles of navigation and flight control and related operations and services. As part of a rigorous curriculum, this guide helps teachers to develop students’ skills and passion to pursue careers in the aviation and aerospace industry. With this guide, non-aviation teachers, who have the skill to teach new topics, will have the resources and aviation-related activities needed to engage students and develop their passion for aviation.

Author Bio

Sarah K. Anderson, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Education and Psychology at Mayville State University. She is a former high school special educator who worked with students with emotional disorders, learning disabilities and other health impairments. Dr. Anderson has served on the North Dakota advisory board for transition, and she is a Fulbright Scholar who spent the 2011-2012 academic year as a Roving Scholar in Norway. Her research interests include teacher appraisal for continual improvement, transition, progress monitoring for response to intervention (RTI), international education and effective instruction.

Brittany D. Hagen, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Education at Mayville State University. Dr. Hagen earned a Master of Science in Elementary Education and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Teaching and Learning, both from the University of North Dakota. Dr. Hagen teaches courses on education methods and educational technology. Additionally, she has developed both online and classroom curriculums for a variety of age groups, including teach-the-teacher programs. Her research has focused on teacher preparation programs, reading curriculum, effective delivery and assessments, instructional design and techniques, as well as how adults can engage with children to further their educational goals.

Leslie M. Martin is an Associate Professor for the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics Commercial Aviation major and a Master of Science in Education. Professor Martin teaches a wide variety of courses from Private Pilot to Certified Instrument Flight Instructor ground school and is a flight instructor and check pilot for UND Flight Operations. She also works part time at the Grand Forks Public School District teaching a high school course titled Aviation Technology I to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Professor Martin’s research interests include Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast and Weather Technology in the Cockpit.

Paul R. Snyder is an Assistant Professor, Assistant Director, and Chief Flight Instructor of the Extension Programs for the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. Mr. Snyder is an active FAA Designated Pilot and Instructor Examiner and a Certified ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) pilot. Professor Snyder holds a degree in Aeronautical Studies and Master of Science in Educational Leadership. Professor Snyder has assisted in the development of aviation high school programs throughout the United States. Professor Snyder, a certified Safety Management System (SMS) trainer, is an active member of UND Executive SMS committee and Events Review Team (ERT); analyzing flight data and conducting safety risk assessments to reduce risk within the organization. Research activities include FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) – Scenario Based Training, UAS curriculum design, and helicopter approach and landing lighting systems.