The Sci-Ed Innovators Fellowship
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The mission of the Sci-Ed Innovators Fellowship Program is to build democratic science teaching expertise in Boston teachers, empowering them to engage underserved youth in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science. Through democratic science experiences, students construct identities of themselves as capable citizens who use critical science agency to transform their own lives and bring about positive change in their communities.
What is the Sci-Ed Innovators Fellowship Program?
The Sci-Ed Innovators Fellowship Program is a yearlong experience, designed to engage and support elementary, middle and high school science teachers who work in underserved schools. Through regular monthly workshops, dialogue with experts and peers, and a critical examination of their practice, fellows learn to transform their students’ experience by applying and further developing the Democratic STEM Teaching Framework, initially conceived by Professor Sreyashi Jhumki Basu. The Fellowship experience challenges participants to examine their teaching practices through the lens of the framework.
Fellows who are selected for the program participate in monthly workshops with like-minded STEM educators. Twice over the course of the year, Fellows present and publish a 3-5 minute digital story about their experience and also participate in the annual Sci-Ed Innovators Expo & Symposium with their students.
What do I get?
As a Sci-Ed Innovators Fellow, you will:
- Enhance your professional network through participation in monthly workshops in a supportive community of practice
- Receive coaching from experienced science educators and charismatic practitioners of Democratic Science Pedagogy
- Analyze student and teacher work through the lenses of the Democratic Science Teaching Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards
- Publish evidence of your changed teaching practice in an online community of like-minded practitioners
- Present your work with a group of your students at the Sci-Ed Innovators Expo & Symposium
- A stipend of $2000
You will also:
- Increase your knowledge of techniques to address major challenges facing urban science teachers and students
- Become more reflective, evaluating your teaching practices in light of the ideas underlying democratic teaching practices (student voice, shared authority, and critical science literacy)
- Improve your leadership skills
- Become involved in a dynamic group of STEM educators committed to further developing their practice and supporting their fellow teachers
- Explore different ways in which you can use digital tools in your classroom
- Develop expertise using democratic teaching methods to align your work with the Citywide Instructional Expectations
What is the time commitment?
- Attend a kickoff and 8 workshops throughout the 2017-2018 academic year
- Identify, define and put a solution in place for a unique Problem of Practice (PoP)
- Present your experience at our midyear and end of year showcases
- Attend the 1st Annual Boston Sci-Ed Innovators Expo in the spring (with a small group of students)
In addition to the live component of the fellowship, online participation and preparation for the Saturday workshops are required.
2017-2018 Dates (all dates are on Saturday unless otherwise indicated)
- Kickoff: August 26th, 2017
- Workshop 1: September 23, 2017
- Workshop 2: October 14, 2017
- Workshop 3: November 4, 2017
- Workshop 4: December 9, 2017
- Winter Showcase: Thursday January 25, 2018
- Workshop 5: February 10, 2018
- Workshop 6: March 10, 2018
- Workshop 7: April 7, 2018
- Workshop 8: May 5, 2018
- Spring Showcase: Thursday, May 17, 2018
- Annual Sci-Ed Expo: June 2, 2018
Who should apply?
The Sci-Ed Innovators Fellowship is open to urban science educators in the Boston area. In order to be eligible for the fellowship, teachers must:
- Have at least two years of teaching experience (including the current school year)
- Teach full-time in the current academic year, with at least 50% of their classes in science, technology, engineering, math or computer science.
- Teach in an urban school in or around Boston (preference is given to teachers in underserved Boston public schools).
- Commit to fulfilling the expectations of the program.
How do I apply?
The Fellowship application process consists of an online application, a professional letter of recommendation, and an interview. If you are interested in learning more, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org