How to Apply: 

Participation in the Houston and Pittsburgh Academies is by invitation only.  If your school district did not receive an invitation, please visit to apply for the Academy in Jersey City.  


Breakfast, lunch, and two Academy dinners will be provided for each participant. For all other meals, you will be reimbursed at the Federal Per Diem rate. Transportation and lodging will be covered by the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. Approved out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed after the Academy. Please save all receipts. Information about travel and lodging will be sent out at least two weeks prior to the start of the Academy. Please check the Mickelson Academy Home Page often for updates.
Announcement and Invitation to Apply 

Exxon Mobil Corporation and the Phil Mickelson Foundation are pleased to announce the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. In addition to the national Academy, there will be two regional academies. These five-day academies are aught by a distinguished faculty compiled through the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions. As a participant you will experience a fresh and engaging approach to many math and science concepts. The Academy faculty follow a philosophy of a learning cycle, the 5E teaching and learning model developed by Roger Bybee. It is based on the theory that students learn best when they are allowed to work out explanations for themselves over time through a variety of learning experiences structured by the teacher. The structure of the model demonstrates the benefit of teachers guiding students through a learning process that assists students in their understanding the critical subjects of math and science.


  • The Houston, TX regional Academy dates at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center are June 15-20, 2014.
  • The Pittsburgh, PA regional Academy dates at The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh are July 8-13, 2014.

Phil Mickelson and The Exxon Mobil Corporation invite school districts to participate in summer academies. Each district invited is asked to nominate educators who have not attended an academy and represent the following: 
  • School-based teams of 3 or 4 classroom teachers (we encourage teams to include one teacher representative for each grade level 3–5); 

Goals for the Academy: 

  • Deepen participant's understanding of mathematics and science content in the areas of data and statistics, measurement, force and motion; 
  • Build expertise in facilitating student learning through problem solving and inquiry; 
  • Use links between math and science to support student learning; 
  • Understand how children learn and its application to classroom instruction; 
  • Build a knowledge base and use of instructional resources to support students' learning; and 
  • Network with others involved in elementary school mathematics and science education. 

Selection Criteria for the School Teams: 

Upon receiving your invitation, use the following criteria to select academy teams: 
  • Grades 3–5 classroom teachers with at least three years of teaching experience, with an interest in learning and sharing with other teachers; 
  • Classroom teachers who did not attend a previous academy. 
  • District commitment to elementary school mathematics and science education improvement. 
  • School student populations underrepresented in mathematics, science, and technology. 
  • Interest in implementing an inquiry-based mathematics and science program at the elementary level. 

Requirements for Teams:
Successful completion of the academy includes: 
  • Participation in all sessions and completing all assignments; 
  • Make daily entries in a journal to process the course experiences, identify issues, and formulate questions; participating in web site message board; 
  • Implement inquiry and problem solving approaches to their teaching and learning; and 
  • Collaborate with team members teaching math and science.