Kid Talk Teacher Talk

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A workshop series exploring best practices in teaching science in grades K-3.
LED BY: JASON SULLIVAN AND CRAIG BUSZKA

If you are a teacher of grades K through 3, you’re invited to join STEMteachersNYC, for a paid 2-week project on active learning in elementary science in New York City from July 24 to August 4, 2017.

Our project is called Kid Talk and Teacher Talk (KT3) in Elementary Science. Participating teachers will be paid $1300 for the 2-week summer workshop, plus $300 for monthly online seminars during the academic year.

Over the next two years, this program, funded by 100Kin10, aims to engage 52 K-3 teachers in pursuit of excellence in teaching science in their classrooms. KT3 targets K-3 teachers teaching in schools throughout the New York Metropolitan Area, with an emphasis on New York City schools. We are hoping to attract teachers from public district, public charter, parochial, and independent schools to foster a network of teachers and schools with commitments to excellence in teaching science.

We are seeking teachers of grades K-3 from the New York Metropolitan Area who have the following characteristics:

Currently employed teaching in grades K-3 and with the expectation of similar employment in the 2017-18 school year. Experience teaching in grades K-3 strongly preferred.
Commitment to teaching that fosters students’ capacity to think for themselves and to work collaboratively.
Some experience and success with nurturing students’ capacity to make their thinking visible through individual expressions and public exchanges with their peers
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 experiments with everyday materials, including getting one’s hands dirty, and comfort with encouraging children to do the same.
Evidence of innovation in some respect, such as in instructional approach, curriculum development, and/or educational technology.
Desire to implement science pedagogy with interdisciplinary coherence.
Willingness to participate in and contribute to action research that includes completing quantitative surveys, qualitative interviews, and observations of science instruction in professional place of practice.
Member of a school-based team of 2 or more K-3 teachers willing to participate fully in the project (preference will be given to applicants from the same school).

Expectations include the following:

2-week summer workshop in NY City: July 24 through Aug 4,2017
Participation in monthly seminars online (September2017 to June 2018)
Engagement in data collection requirements and surveys for evaluative purposes throughout the lifetime of the project. (This will include surveys, interviews, and observations of implementation during the school year).
Workshop participants who successfully complete the above activities will receive:

$1,300 stipend for the summer 2-week workshop
$300 stipend for academic year involvement