Mission The mission of the Sci-Ed Innovators Fellowship Program is to build expertise in teachers that empowers them to engage low-income minority youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education; and allows students to construct identities of themselves as capable citizens who use critical science agency to transform their own lives and bring about positive change to their communities.
Program Benefits The Sci-Ed Fellowship Program is a yearlong experience, designed to engage and support middle and high school science teachers who work in under-served schools. Through regular monthly workshops, dialogue with experts and peers (both in person and on-line), and a critical peer examination of their practice, Fellows learn to transform their students’ experience by applying and further developing the Democratic Science Teaching Framework, initially conceived by Professor Sreyashi Jhumki Basu. The Fellowship experience challenges participants to examine and refine their teaching practices through the lens of the Framework. To learn more or to become a Fellow please visit the Sci-Ed Fellowship site.
Windows-into-Classrooms Sci-Ed Fellows engage in design-based professional development that views them as problem solvers. Conceived of as two problem-solving cycles over the course of the year, Fellows identify problems of practice, iterate on their attempts to transform their students’ experience using democratic science teaching methods, collaborate with their colleagues to push one another’s thinking, and share their in-process solutions with a larger audience. Our “Windows into the Classrooms,” or WICs, name the digital product that emerges from our collaborative design process. WICs are short, structured digital multimedia narratives produced by Fellows that demonstrate the ways in which they use democratic science teaching practices to solve problems in their classrooms. Fellows use a variety of digital tools to tell and publish their story. Over the course of the Fellowship, Fellows publish two 3-5 minute digital narratives.
Sci-Ed Expo The annual Sci-Ed Innovators Expo and Symposium provides science teachers representing under-served schools an opportunity to share their innovative teaching methods through their students’ projects. The third annual Sci-Ed Expo was held on May 3, 2012 at The New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York. The Expo featured students and teachers from more than fifty New York area public schools; and attracted more than 400 attendees representing researchers, policy makers, leading educational, governmental, non- profit and corporate organizations.