The Sci-Ed Innovators Fellowship

The mission of the Sci-Ed Innovators Fellowship Program is to build democratic science teaching expertise in NYC 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 New York City 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?

  • Enhance your professional network through participation in monthly workshops in a supportive community of practice
  • Receive mentorship from experienced science educators and charismatic practitioners of Democratic STEM Pedagogy
  • Analyze student and teacher work through the lenses of the Democratic STEM Teaching Framework and the Common Core teaching 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
  • Receive a $2000 stipend

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 science teaching (student voice, shared authority, and critical science literacy)
  • Improve your leadership skills
  • Become involved in a dynamic group of science educators committed to further developing their practice and supporting their fellow teachers
  • Explore different ways of using digital tools in your classroom
  • Develop expertise using democratic STEM teaching methods to align your work with the Citywide Instructional Expectations


What is the time commitment?

  • Attend a kickoff and 8 workshops throughout the 2016-2017 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 7th Annual 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.

2016-2017 Dates

  • Kickoff – Wednesday, August 24, and Thursday, August 25, 2016
  • Workshop 1 – Saturday, September 24, 2016
  • Workshop 2 – Saturday, October 22, 2016
  • Workshop 3 – Saturday, November 19, 2016
  • Workshop 4 – Saturday, December 10, 2016
  • Winter Showcase – Thursday, January 19, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Workshop 5 – Saturday, February 11, 2017
  • Workshop 6 – Saturday, March 11, 2017
  • Workshop 7 – Saturday, April 1, 2017
  • 7th Annual Expo & Symposium – Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9am-1pm
  • Workshop 8 – Saturday, May 13, 2017
  • Spring Showcase: Thursday, June 1, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm

The Kickoff and Workshops will be from 9am to 3pm at New York University.

Who should apply?

The Sci-Ed Innovators Fellowship is open to urban STEM educators in the NYC 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 a STEM area
  • Teach in an urban school in or around NYC (preference is given to teachers in underserved NYC public schools)
  • Commit to fulfilling the expectations of the program

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