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Our mission:

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:

You will also:

What is the time commitment?

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:

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