Williams Elementary Outreach hires three students for a nine-week summer internship. During this internship, the first two weeks are devoted to revising existing curriculum units and the next seven weeks are dedicated to developing new curriculum units with a week break in the middle spent working as lab instructors at the Williams College Summer Science Lab. WEO interns work in pairs with interns from MCLA to develop and revise curriculum units. Throughout the summer the interns receive guidance and support from faculty and staff at Williams, MCLA, and North Adams Public Schools. This work is done through Teaching to Learn, a four-year NSF-funded grant. From 2014 through 2018, students from Williams and MCLA will develop curriculum during the summer, which will be implemented in the North Adams School district during the year.
– 6 new units ranging from grades K-5
– 9 revised units
– 700+ pages of Google Docs
– 60+ middle schoolers at Summer Science Lab
Summer 2016 Reflection Video
Meet the 2016 Summer Interns!
“Having no teaching or curriculum writing experience previously, I really benefitted from being able to work with the North Adams Public School teachers. The support and guidance we were given left me feeling confident in each and every lesson we wrote this summer.” – Connor
” This internship was better than any other summer job I could’ve gotten because I knew that I was making a difference. What I was doing was going to directly help students learn science, which is the subject I’ve always considered the most important.” – Diego
“ Writing curriculum this summer was an incredible experience. It was fascinating be on the other side of teaching; to learn and discuss all the different considerations that go into writing inclusive, engaging lessons that would allow students to go beyond rote memorization and actually experience, understand and apply science concepts in meaningful way. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the education field, or who wants to learn more about learning and teaching science!” – Valeria