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Kirk Beckendorf

U.S. Department of Commerce

HQ Phone: (202) 482-2000

U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric

U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Ave. N.W.

Washington Dc, District of Columbia 20230

United States

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Employment History

Member of the Outreach Team
National Oceanic and Atmospheric


Environmental Literacy Grants Team


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Affiliations

Einstein Fellow At the Administration
National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Member
Hurricane Awareness Tour

Education

B.S.
Agronomy
Texas A&M University

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Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program | Current Fellows

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Kirk Beckendorf

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After a variety of interesting and unusual jobs, Kirk Beckendorf realized that teaching was his passion in life. For seventeen years, he has taught science to middle school students and is now spending his second year as an Einstein Fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Beckendorf says that a middle school teacher should expect their students to be bouncing off the walls. He doesn't try to contain that energy; instead he utilizes it to facilitate an excitement for learning. He describes his students as being actively engaged, out of their seats, building, designing, or discussing their ideas and thoughts. He doesn't like a silent classroom. His approach apparently works as he has coached award winning teams of students at state Robotics and Science Olympiad contests and his former students are now working in Congress and, literally, as rocket scientists for NASA.
Beckendorf was chosen as an Albert Einstein Fellow with the 2008-2009 class and was selected by NOAA's Office of Education. He began working with the Environmental Literacy Grants Team to help develop and plan future funding opportunities and he has led the effort to evaluate the office's historic grants portfolio. He also edited NOAA's 2009 Strategic Education Plan and reviewed the public comments as they were submitted. His sponsor asked him to stay a second year to help develop a new NOAA Education website. During this second fellowship year, he is significantly involved in the website's design and development. Beckendorf organized a focus group of teachers (including Einstein Fellows) to help guide this process and he also performed a literature review of the research on teacher use of websites and the efficacy of education websites. As a result he wrote a white paper to guide NOAA's online education resources.
As a member of the NOAA Outreach Team, Beckendorf has been an exhibiter and presenter at all eight of the NSTA conventions over the last two years. Presentation topics have included Climate Change, Coral Reefs, the Teacher At Sea Program, and using NOAA Data in the Classroom. In addition, he was asked to be a member of the Hurricane Awareness Tour, flying onboard (and actually flying) a NOAA Hurricane Hunter P3-Orion aircraft.


Einstein Fellows Program History

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Kirk Beckendorf, TX, Grade 8 Earth Sciences, Space Sciences, and Natural Resources; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Kirk Beckendorf, TX, Middle School Science, NOAA


Einstein Fellows Program Profiles

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Kirk Beckendorf


Past Fellows | Triangle Coalition

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Kirk Beckendorf An 8th grade Science teacher from Texas. 2008-2010 Fellow, NOAA Office of Education E-Mail Kirk Beckendorf began his fellowship working with the Environmental Literacy Grants Team to help develop and plan future funding opportunities and he led the effort to evaluate the office's historic grants portfolio. He also edited NOAA's 2009 Strategic Education Plan and reviewed the public comments as they were submitted. His sponsor asked him to stay a second year to help develop a new NOAA Education website. During this second fellowship year, he was significantly involved in the website's design and development. Beckendorf organized a focus group of teachers (including Einstein Fellows) to help guide this process and he also performed a literature review of the research on teacher use of websites and the efficacy of education websites. As a result he wrote a white paper to guide NOAA's online education resources. As a member of the NOAA Outreach Team, Beckendorf was an exhibiter and presenter at all eight of the NSTA conventions over the two years. Presentation topics included Climate Change, Coral Reefs, the Teacher At Sea Program, and using NOAA Data in the Classroom. In addition, he was asked to be a member of the Hurricane Awareness Tour, flying onboard (and actually flying) a NOAA Hurricane Hunter P3-Orion aircraft.


Einstein Fellows Program Profiles

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Kirk Beckendorf Einstein Fellows Program Profiles

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Kirk Beckendorf
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Kirk Beckendorf is an 8th grade science teacher from Blanco Middle School in Blanco, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University, and during the past 17 years, has taught all levels of middle school science in both Oregon and Texas.
Because he strongly believes that teaching should be a team effort, he has worked with other teachers on many projects, including: developing teams of students to compete in state robotics and Science Olympiad contests, converting 18,000 square feet of campus sod into a native plant garden, developing an IB program, taking students on geocaching and other trips as well as star parties. Mr. Beckendorf's lessons, articles and photographs have been published in Science Scope, the National Science Teachers Association's middle school science journal.
He has three main goals for his classroom; first, to teach in such a way that makes his students want to learn, second, to teach students how to learn and how to communicate what they have learned, and third, to provide his students with a strong science foundation on which to build future learning. His classroom is an active place; he utilizes his middle school students' energy, rather than trying to suppress it. He states, " Part of my job is to direct and utilize the high energy of middle school students so that they develop a love of learning. Rather than trying to contain their energy I utilize it to facilitate student learning. I want students in my classes to be both physically and mentally engaged."
In an attempt to increase his own science knowledge and to bring real science into the classroom, Mr. Beckendorf has participated in a number of research experiences for teachers. These programs have taken him from the Arctic to the Antarctic and allowed him to work with many scientists including forest fire ecologists, atmospheric chemists and physicists, biological oceanographers, physical oceanographers, and meteorologists. Prior to teaching he worked on ranches and dairy farms and was a guide in Yellowstone and Denali National Parks.

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