KSTF Teaching Fellowships are among the most comprehensive in the nation, combining extensive financial and professional support.
The foundation’s signature program, the KSTF Teaching Fellows Program, awards Fellowships to early-career science and mathematics teachers.
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.
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KSTF Teaching Fellows Program Phases
The five-year KSTF Teaching Fellows 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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