Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983 for the global space ecosystem, today announced that it is accepting applications for the organization’s International Teacher Liaison Program“Flight 19-22” class, now through Oct. 30, 2021.


Launched in 2004, this prestigious, internationally recognized program provides select educators from around the world with new skills, strategies and capabilities to improve their classroom and student engagement as they nurture the minds of tomorrow’s world-changing adults.


Following a rigorous application and evaluation process, a new Teacher Liaison class is announced each year. Upon selection, the new class of Teacher Liaisons is called a “Flight” to denote the teachers’ mission as premier Space/STEM educators.


With more than 300 members located in 13 countries around the world, and an annual reach numbering in the tens of thousands of students, Space Foundation International Teacher Liaisons actively collaborate by sharing best practices in their support of one another on their mission to shape the next generation of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and explorers.


Commenting on the importance of the program, Space Foundation Vice President – Education Dr. Autumn Thomas shared, “Space Foundation’s International Teacher Liaison Program is an amazing source of innovative ideas and exciting opportunities to engage students, pushing their thinking to the highest levels.”


Teacher Liaisons tend to be master teachers who work to inspire and prepare students to pursue and excel in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Membership in the International Teacher Liaison program is open to educators in all disciplines, ranging from science and mathematics to language arts, physical education, special education and the arts. Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to integrate space-inspired education into their curriculum.


Sharing her enthusiasm for the program, member of Teacher Liaison Flight 14-17 and 2020 Alan Shepard Technology in Education awardee Kaci Heins said, “Being a part of Space Foundation’s International Teacher Liaison program has been an incredible experience as an educator. There are fantastic professional development opportunities offered year-round, both virtually and in person. The Teacher Liaison coordinators are always listening to the educators to provide meaningful content that connects space-inspired education and STEM to the classroom so the students can ‘Dare Mighty Things.’”


The program is open to public, private and homeschool teachers, in both informal and formal education. School administrators, principals, specialists, curriculum and instruction developers, as well as others who deliver educational programs to students are also welcomed and encouraged to apply. If chosen for the program, teachers receive Space Foundation training and resources to further integrate space into their classrooms. They are also invited to attend the Space Foundation’s annual Space Symposium, held each spring in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


The Space Foundation International Teacher Liaison program is part of Space Foundation’s Center for Innovation and Education, a lifelong learning platform, offering workforce development and economic opportunity for students, teachers, entrepreneurs and professionals via digital programming or live at Space Foundation Discovery Center.


Applications for the International Teacher Liaison program are now being accepted at


All submissions are due by Oct. 30, 2021.


About International Teacher Liaison Program


The International Teacher Liaison Program, established in 2004 by Space Foundation and operating under Center for Innovation and Education, is a professional network for an elite group of educators around the world. More than 300 Teacher Liaisons advocate for space education using STEM, non-STEM, and 21st century business and life skills to inspire the next generation of contributors to the global space ecosystem. Space Foundation provides live and virtual training, innovative materials, standards-based lesson plans, and mentoring resources. Teacher Liaisons are selected annually following a formal application process. For more information, please visit 

About Center for Innovation and Education 

Center for Innovation and Education, a division of Space Foundation, is a lifelong learning platform for the global space ecosystem that offers workforce development and economic opportunity for students, teachers, entrepreneurs and professionals via digital programming or live at Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Through its Workforce Development Roadmap, sponsored programs, and global collaborations, Center for Innovation and Education enhances the outlook and opportunities for new jobs, careers and new business ventures through its Space Commerce Entrepreneurship Programs, New Generation Young Professional Program, Professional Teacher Training, and Space-Inspired Curriculum. To learn more about Center for Innovation and Education, please, and visit to learn more about Space Foundation Discovery Center.


About Space Foundation 


Space Foundation is a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to information, education and collaboration for space exploration and space-inspired industries that define the global space ecosystem. Driven by a partnership model, Space Foundation operates three divisions that unite the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through corporate membership, sponsorship, fundraising and grants. Symposium 365 is the premier source for media and events, including the world-renowned Space Symposium and The Space Report. Center for Innovation and Education is a lifelong learning platform. Global Alliance facilitates collaboration around the world. Visit Space Foundation, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube. 




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