All teachers accepted as Wayne County Master Science Teaching Fellows must commit to:
- participating in the full 3 year program
- teaching in Wayne County for duration of Fellowship
- sharing classroom teaching practices with video and audio recordings, interviews and reflection
- sharing relevant student data
- attending 80% of Fellowship meetings during their 3 years in program
- hosting/co hosting at least 1 Fellowship meeting within their 3 years
- inviting other teachers and Fellows into classroom to observe
- working with Wayne County RESA Science Education Consultant who will serve as an advisor and mentor in the program
- reporting on progress on the program annually
- hosting and/or participating in a Studio Days session at least once/year in the program
- telling the story of your Fellowship Experience
Mentoring and Coaching – Science education is a challenging profession that requires consistent reflection and is greatly enhanced with feedback, which is why we make sure Fellows have access to an advisor and mentor throughout the Fellowship. Our mentors regularly checks in with Fellows, supports them to plan and reflect on instruction, talks them through challenging professional dilemmas, and supports them through personal challenges. Mentors also observe Fellows teach, either virtually or in person, and coach them into improvement that is Fellow directed.
Community Membership – MSTF Fellows are able to tap into a support network of their MSTF peers who are committed to improving education. Each year this network will widen in its numbers. From in-person conversations that take place at meetings to virtual conversations that take place on our online community, being part of the MSTF network means resources and support from a wide range of innovative and committed professional teachers is always available.
Certification – Fellows will earn micro-credentials and an MSTF Certification upon completion of the 3 year Fellowship. These micro-credentials and the Wayne County Master Science Teacher certification are backed by SCECH’s and are aligned with MDE guidelines for science instruction in the State of Michigan.
Financial Support – Upon completion of micro-credential reporting, Fellows may earn up to a $1,000 stipend per year. All courses in the Fellowship will be supported by our funders, and any substitute teacher costs associated with “Studio Days” will also be paid for.