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Knowles Science Teaching Foundation


Deadline: 2014-10-29 (National)

Supports early career High School STEM teachers. Our support includes stipends, professional development support, professional development grants for support above what KSTF provides, National Board certification support and much more!. If you are passionate about teaching science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) in the United States, and are dedicated to challenging and supporting all students, the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Teaching Fellowship could help you succeed in ways you’ve never imagined. KSTF supports passionate, dedicated teachers to thrive in the profession, lead from the classroom and become change agents in education. The KSTF five-year Fellowship, one of the most generous and comprehensive professional development programs for STEM teachers, provides its Fellows access to a close, collaborative community of like-minded colleagues.


Are committed to teaching a STEM subject (e.g., science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics) in the U.S., in grades 9-12; Have earned, or will have earned by September 2015, a degree in a discipline related to the STEM subject(s) they intend to teach; Have outstanding current content knowledge with recent formal education in the STEM subject(s) they intend to teach (typically within the last 5–10 years); Have the capacity and determination to commit to teaching as their career; Will have a valid state teaching credential/certificate/license that enables them to teach grades 9-12 in the United States by September 1, 2015, that was not awarded before January 1, 2010; and Have no more than 1 year of teaching experience (as the teacher of record) as of September 1, 2015.


Five years


Teaching Fellows receive a summer stipend and are eligible for a number of grants throughout the year. Professional development grants valued at up to $4,000 per year are available to cover the cost of relevant activities, including workshops, mentoring, practitioner inquiry and Fellow observations. Fellows are also eligible to receive up to $1,200 per year for teaching materials. Last, Fellows can apply for leadership grants to pursue efforts that will have a positive impact on STEM education beyond their own classroom. For more detailed information, please visit the Fellowship section of our website.

Application Process

KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded based on three criteria: the potential to develop the content knowledge needed for teaching, the potential to develop exemplary teaching practices, and the potential to develop the qualities of a teacher leader. Applicants must demonstate the ability to develop in each of these areas in order to be selected. Once selected, Teaching Fellows focus on growth in these areas over the three phases of the program. The five-year KSTF Teaching Fellowship Program is divided into three phases, with each phase building on the next. PHASE ONE (1-20 Months) Content Knowledge for Teaching During Phase One, Teaching Fellows inquire into the content knowledge they need to excel in the profession. They also explore various ways to create and support opportunities for student learning. PHASE TWO (21-40 Months) Exemplary Teaching Practices During Phase Two, Teaching Fellows explore ways to determine what students are actually learning and strategies for using this data to improve instruction and student learning. PHASE THREE (41-60 Months) Teacher Leadership Qualities In Phase Three, Teaching Fellows use what they have learned to design learning opportunities that engage and challenge all students. Fellows also inquire into their own teaching practice, define the type of teacher leader they want to become, and plan for the growth and professional development they need to get there. SENIOR FELLOWS After completing the fifth year of the Fellowship, Teaching Fellows transition to Senior Fellow status. Senior Fellows are encouraged to remain involved with KSTF in a number of ways, including designing and implementing professional development for KSTF Teaching Fellows, attending KSTF meetings, and continuing to participate in our online community. Senior Fellows are eligible to receive support while pursuing National Board Certification. They are also eligible to receive leadership grants to pursue activities that impact education beyond their own classrooms.

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