Kid Talk Teacher Talk
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
If you wish to apply to participate in this opportunity, please fill out our application form here: (https://goo.gl/forms/N5Kkrjq1NHlCVoZd2)
Please feel free to submit additional recommendations from administrators, supervisors, or colleagues that demonstrate support for your participation in the program. While no formal recommendation is required, we understand the value of a supportive context and wish to bring stakeholders from your school into the process as much as possible. Our goal is to make the KT3 program successful and your time and commitment to the work as professionally valuable and transformative as possible.
Please have the author(s) of the letter(s) send their letter(s)of support to the KT3 Selection Committee via email at President@STEMteachersNYC.org with “KT3 Reference” and your last name in the Subject Line. Thank you.
For further information regarding this project, please reach out to Fernand Brunschwig, President of STEMteachersNYC at “President@STEMteachersNYC.org”.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO RECORDINGS.
We take photographs and record video of our workshops in order to publicize a positive image of science teaching, and of STEMteachersNYC – a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you register, you are agreeing to be photographed and to have your voice and image video-recorded. You are also agreeing to relinquish all your rights to the photographs and video recordings.
If you do not wish to be photographed or video-recorded, you must inform us when you check in at the beginning of the workshop. We will take one photograph of your face so that we can erase your image if we happen to catch it by chance during the workshop, and we will do our best to avoid you. We would also appreciate your cooperation in positioning yourself at the edge of the group so as to help us avoid you.
To join STEMteachersNYC, fill out survey: <tinyurl.com/modelingsurvey>
(Members find out about workshops first and can sign up before others.)