Kid Talk & Teacher Talk in Elementary Science (KT3) Cohort 2 Application Form
Thank you for your interest in joining STEMteachersNYC's project on improving elementary science learning!

Kid Talk,Teacher Talk (shortened to KT3) is a professional development program funded by a 100Kin10 grant. The project is designed to engage teachers across the New York Metropolitan area in the pursuit of excellent science teaching and learning. During the KT3 Workshop and meetings time is devoted to designing and implementing lessons that engage and motivate students to explain natural phenomena and to solve engineering problems. Teachers engage specific facilitation strategies that improve a student's ability to communicate their thinking, cite evidence, and build ideas through discussions. The KT3 2017 Cohort 1 of 26 teachers is currently collaborating and implementing lessons learned to improve science instruction in their classrooms. We’re now seeking 26 additional teachers to join the KT3 2018 Cohort 2.

Participation in KT3 begins with an invite to an orientation workshop on April 28, 2018 at Teacher’s College and continues with a commitment to a full time, 10 day summer institute in New York City from July 23-August 3, 2018. Last year the workshop was held at P.S. 125 The Ralph Bunche School located at 425 W 123rd St, New York, NY and we anticipate conducting the 10 day summer institute there again in 2018. The summer institute includes professional learning time as well as a lab school component where you can practice what you are learning with students for a few hours each day of week 2. During the 2018-19 school year, the project team will continue to support you in implementing what you learned through virtual and in person workshops. Teachers will be paid a $1600 stipend (in multiple installments) for their full participation. Full participation includes attendance at the summer institute and follow up workshops in the 2018-19 school year, completion of surveys, a commitment to implement what you’ve learned as evidenced by videotaping or observations in your own classroom, and a willingness to reflect on your learning. New York State KT3 Cohort members will also receive CTLE credits.

Individual teachers will be considered; however, preference will be given to members of a school-based team of two or more K-3 teachers willing to collaborate. Ideal KT3 Cohort 2018 participants are teachers from public district, public charter, parochial, or independent schools in the New York Metropolitan Area who have the following characteristics:

* Currently employed teaching in any grade K-3, with the expectation of similar employment in the 2018-19 school year.
Grade level generalists (e.g. 1st grade, all subjects) and science/STEM specialists are equally encouraged to apply.
* Commitment to a teaching approach that fosters students' capacity to think for themselves and to work collaboratively.
* Interest in teaching science as a process of observing, experimenting, analyzing, interpreting, modeling,
communicating, and evaluating (No particular level of expertise or experience in science teaching is required.)
* Willingness to do hands-on investigations with everyday materials, including getting one’s hands dirty, and comfort
with encouraging children to do the same.
* Desire to implement science pedagogy with interdisciplinary coherence (i.e. compliments humanities & math).
* Willingness to participate in and contribute to action research that includes completing quantitative surveys,
qualitative interviews, and observations of science instruction in your classroom with your students.

Should you have any questions about the application process, please reach out to Chris Kennedy, Program Director at STEMteachersNYC at chris@stemteachersnyc.org.

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