Educators improving access to STEAM for BIPOC youth
CuriOdyssey’s STEMCorps Educator Fellowship is a professional development program designed to deepen educators’ comfort, competence and capacity in integrating and delivering outstanding STEAM learning experiences for their BIPOC students.
Learn and apply CuriOdyssey’s award-winning education methodology of creating robust student experiences that are inquiry- and project-based, learner-driven, and inherently aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
The learning continues through a virtual community of practice. This educator centric forum provides for ongoing learning, networking and access to lessons and curriculum developed by CuriOdyssey and fellow educators.
Beginning in October 2023, the STEMCorps Educator Fellowship consists of 3 virtual meetings of 2 hours each for the Fall Sessions. Participants will engage as learners in STEAM activities, get and give coaching on implementing science activities in your classrooms, and build comfort, competence and capacity to provide high quality STEAM learning experiences.
Multiple sessions spread out over a period of time allow participants to try new STEAM teaching practices between sessions, then collaboratively reflect on those practices, support one another and address any challenges. Program content can be adapted to the needs of the educator participants.
What can the STEMCorps Educator Fellowship do for my teaching?
CuriOdyssey’s program helps build educators’ comfort, competence and capacity to provide impactful STEAM education experiences for all students.
What does it cost to participate?
It costs nothing to participate. The program is grant-funded.
What happens in the meetings?
The STEMCorps Educator Fellowship is one program that meets three times. Each meeting will include doing science activities appropriate for your classroom, sharing challenges and strategies to address them, and practice vetting new STEAM content.
What sort of support do you provide after the program?
STEMCorps includes a virtual community of practice that fellows may participate in to support one another, find and share content, or get input in a challenge. CuriOdyssey educators will also participate: answering questions, offering resources, and providing content. It is also our intent to foster within fellows a spirit of collaboration so that they can create a community of practice at their school.
Do you offer professional development programs in person?
At this time all of our professional development programs are offered virtually in order to reach a broader audience, reduce the need to travel and allow for participation at a location convenient to the teacher.
Who will facilitate the program?
Programs are coordinated and led by Blas Herrera, Assistant Director of Education. Blas has experience in both formal and informal educational settings. A Bay-Area native, he has worked in the San Francisco Unified School District as a K-12 STEAM classroom teacher, at the San Francisco Zoo, and the California Academy of Sciences. Blas also co-founded and runs a fiber arts business and craft show production company. He combines his love for science and art with fresh ideas, new approaches, and joyfulness to enhance your teaching practice. Additional support and facilitation will come from other CuriOdyssey STEAM professionals.
Where can I get more information?
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org