Knowles Foundation Looking for 2013 STEM Teaching Fellows

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation in Moorestown, New Jersey is now accepting applications from those interested in its 2013 Teaching Fellowships. The fellowships — which could be valued at as much as $175,000 and can be renewed for up to 5 years — are open to exceptional new teachers who make a commitment to teaching STEM subjects at the high school level.

Those who make it through the highly competitive selection process will also have access to expert support and professional development opportunities aimed at improving their instructional skills and developing their leadership qualities. Dr. Nicole Gillespie, Director for Teaching Fellowships, says that an ideal candidate would be driven, hardworking, innovative and passionate about their chosen profession while seeking to become one of the best STEM teachers in the country.

The KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded annually in the areas of biological sciences, mathematics and physical sciences. In selecting the Fellows, KSTF assesses depth and breadth of the applicant's content knowledge, their potential to develop exemplary teaching practices and their ability to cultivate their leadership skills to become teacher leaders. The Fellowship benefits are extensive and encompass financial resources, professional and leadership development, teaching tools and materials, and access to a coast-to-coast network of like-minded colleagues. The high level of support ensures that these high caliber beginning teachers remain in the profession to become experienced, master teachers and teacher leaders.

The Knowles Foundation has been working in ways to get more science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers into American high school classrooms since it was founded by Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles in 1999. By attempting to increase the number of exceptional STEM teachers, the foundation hopes to increase the general quality of STEM instruction in the country. The Teaching Fellowships, which were first offered in 2002, are an attempt to identify and encourage the most promising new teachers — especially those who can harness their leadership skills to bring about change in more than just their own classrooms and schools.

In the last ten years, the Foundation has continued to work the the alumni of the program, currently continuing to support 202 teachers from 38 states who have completed or are currently completing their fellowships. Those who won fellowships hail from some of the best colleges and universities in America, including Stanford, Princeton, Harvard and MIT.

Among the Teaching Fellows are individuals who are Nationally Board Certified, have been named Teacher of the Year, serve as department chairs, are the first to introduce AP courses at their schools, and lead workshops and conferences for other teachers.

Those interested in the opportunities offered by the Teaching Fellowship can apply until 12pm EST, January 9, 2013.

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