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  • Science Education

  • The Scientist-in-Residence Program
    2016/2017 Academic Year

    What is the Scientists-in-Residence Program?

    The Science Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences and the New York City Department of Education are pleased to announce the fourth year of the Scientists-in-Residence program. Students who are exposed to science through active and inquiry based learning techniques are more likely to succeed and engage in science. An extremely effective active learning strategy for engaging students is to have them conduct authentic, hands-on scientific research.

    The Scientist-in-Residence Fellowship Program enhances these science projects by matching a scientist with a New York City public school teacher and his/her students to plan and carry out an authentic research project. Scientists will work closely with highly motivated teacher at selected NYC public schools to develop and implement rigorous, inquiry-based science research programs for at least one class of students. Regardless of their scientific discipline, scientists will serve as experts who share insights on the scientific method, project design, and analysis and presentation of results.

    Scientist-teacher teams participating in this program will have a budget for project supplies, and each scientist will receive a $500 stipend for their work upon successful completion of the program.

    What are the goals of the Scientist-in-Residence Program?

    The Scientist-in-Residence Program seeks to:

    1. Expand scientists' and STEM professionals' pedagogical skills and exposure to K-12 STEM teaching as a potential career
    2. Increase scientists' and teachers' instructional capacity through long term science investigation projects and science research programs
    3. Increase student exposure to authentic, hands-on science, STEM professionals, and STEM career pathways
    4. Enhance participating teachers' pedagogical practices, instructional leadership/mentoring skills, and increased engagement among cooperating teachers

    How does it work?

    Graduate students, postdocs, and professionals from STEM disciplines interested in expanding their teaching experiences and skills should apply to the fellowship program online. Candidates must submit an application and a letter of support from their supervising scientist.

    Competitive candidates will then be matched with teachers at NYC public schools; matches will be determined by factors including geographic proximity of the scientist to the school. Once candidates are accepted and matched with schools, each Scientist-in-Residence will meet with his/her teacher(s) at the program's initial convening in October to discuss ideas for research projects and to map out a plan for implementation.

    Scientists-in-Residence will dedicate about 2 hours per week (not including travel) from December to May and 4 trainings/meetings to work with teachers and his/her classroom to conduct a long-term research project. Specific responsibilities will differ depending on the demands of the teacher and classrooms. At a minimum, all Scientists-in-Residence will collaborate with the teacher(s) to implement the project, plan and supervise experiments, and support classroom instruction on project design and implementation.

    Expectations

    1. Scientists-in-Residence will collaborate with NYC public school teachers in constructing and implementing classroom-based science projects. Implementing science projects will require approximately 8-10 hours per month (not including travel) of the Scientist-in-Residence's time. Teachers and Scientists-in-Residence will mutually decide how this time is allocated over the course of a month. The majority of time dedicated to the project will occur during the school day (8:00 AM - 3:00 PM), but some remote collaboration may also be required. See the NYC DOE calendar to determine when school will be in session.
    2. Working as a Scientist-in-Residence will entail such tasks as supervising experiments, administering lessons to students on the background and concepts needed to understand the project, assisting students in the collection and analysis of data, and preparing a final presentation at the end of the semester to summarize the class project.
    3. Scientists-in-Residence must submit a letter of acknowledgement from their PI or supervising scientist stating that they are aware of the time commitment to the volunteer teaching program and that they support the Scientist-in-Residence's commitment to this program from November through May. Letters of Support should be emailed to STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov with the subject line Scientist-in-Residence Letter of Acknowledgment and Support in conjunction with the submission of the Scientist-in-Residence's online application, and no later than Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about this requirement.
    4. Scientists-in-Residence must meet with the teacher(s) and principal from the school to which they are matched and attend four (4) Scientists-in-Residence convenings to share project activities, success and challenges.
    5. All Scientists-in-Residence must complete a background check through the NYC Department of Education, at no cost to the scientist.

    What Are Scientists-in-Residence?

    • Graduate students, students, postdocs, or professionals in a STEM discipline
    • Individuals with a passion for serving their communities and enhancing their teaching skills
    • Individuals who are driven to inspire the next generation of scientists and thinkers
    • Individuals who embrace their role as experts in the scientific method and project design rather than a specific field of science

    Professional Development Benefits

    Besides the wonderful opportunity to give back to your local community and inspire children to learn and engage in science, Scientists-in-Residence who participate in this program will also gain and develop vital skills. As a Scientist-in-Residence you will:

    1. Enhance your mentoring and teaching skills while providing instruction to students on science and experimental techniques
    2. Bolster your ability to work in teams as you collaborate with teachers and principals from NYC public schools
    3. Hone project management skills as you construct and implement class science projects
    4. Build your professional network as you interact with other Scientists-in-Residence, NYAS staff, and NYC DOE staff
    5. Explore pathways into fulltime teaching after your scientific training is complete.

    Scientist-in-Residence Program Timeline

    October 19, 2016, 5:00-7:00PM: 1st convening for Scientists-in-Residence and Teachers

    November 12, 2016, 9:00AM-3:00PM: 2nd convening for Scientist-in-Residence and Teachers

    December 2016: Projects begin

    December 2016, Date/Time TBD: 3rd convening for Scientist and Teachers

    February 7, 2017, 5:00-7:00PM: 4th convening for Scientists and Teachers

    May 23, 2017, 5:00-7:00PM: End-of-Program Celebration Event to present findings, learnings, and takeaways

    Which schools can participate?

    All NYC public school teachers are encouraged to apply. Elementary, middle, and high schools are eligible.

    Program Support

    This program is currently made possible by generous contributions from the New York City Department of Education and 100Kin10. Scientist-in-Residence has also been supported by Jeffrey H. and Shari L. Aronson Family Foundation, the Tammy and Jay Levine Foundation, the Samberg Family Foundation, and the Toyota USA Foundation.

    Questions?

    The application period for the 2016–2017 school year has ended. Please contact Kristian Breton at kbreton@nyas.org or STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov


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