Sci-Ed Innovators Inaugural Summer Institute kicks off in New York
Jhumki Basu Foundation has launched the Sci Ed Innovators Summer Institute under the
leadership of Peg Maddocks (Program Manager) and Andrew Lieberman (Platform Manager).
JBF has recruited its first year Sci Ed Fellows from schools in the New York City area. The
26 Fellows teach science in grades 6 through 12 and were selected because of their
passionate commitment to Jhumki’s vision for equity in science, that is making science
relevant and engaging for all urban youth.
The Fellows will participate in a summer institute at NYU July 26-30 and continue to
collaborate throughout the school year to share strategies, lessons, and resources to
promote the adoption of best practices that reflect Jhumki’s vision. Long term collaboration
will take place in an online community that will link the Fellows to resources, subject matter
experts, and other science educators.
The Institute will focus on the framework and concepts that Jhumki developed about the
democratization of science, such as encouraging students to have a voice in making their
curriculum relevant to their daily lives and to create their own studies of science inquiry and
The Fellows will participate in interactive lectures on topics such as Framework for
Democratic Science Teaching by Dr. Edna Tan of University of North Carolina, Science for the
Urban Hip-Hop Generation by Dr. Christopher Emdin of Columbia University Teachers
College, and Overcoming Barriers that Marginalize Science Education by Dr. Maria Rivera
Maulucci of Barnard College. They will spend time exploring and building on Jhumki’s
conceptual frameworks by applying them to their own classrooms, viewing and discussing
video examples of expert teaching, creating lesson ideas and teaching strategies, and linking
resources to the collaboration community platform.
Following the Institute, the Fellows will evolve their lesson ideas and strategies, share
examples of student work, collaborate to solve instructional problems, generate solutions to
the challenges they face, and share progress. They will meet again in November to share
best practices and their progress, and to bring students and their projects to Sci-Ed
Innovators Day 2011 They will attend a culminating event in June together with their students
to celebrate their accomplishments, learning, and success.
After completing their year as a Sci-Ed Fellow, the teachers will become mentors for the 2011
cohort to be selected next spring.