Science Fellows at NAPS


Science Fellows (NAPS) – Paid Position

  • Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per week (flexible)
  • Where: Brayton and Greylock Elementary Schools in North Adams (currently 1st-6th grades)
  • Work Hours: Flexible
  • Contact: Amy Sosne
  • Common Application

The Science Fellow Program has been a coveted program in the North Adams Public Schools and Williams College partnership.  It is with great relief that the program is at a new in-person “normal” in the 2022-2023 academic year.  Students collaborate with classroom teachers to lead interactive science lessons weekly during the fall and spring semesters.  Students began participating in the NAPS Science Fellows Programs as part of the North Adams Teaching to Learn initiative funded in part by the National Science Foundation.  Even though the grant has run out, the program is still running and using the Teach to Learn Science Curriculum.  Science Fellows work with the teacher they are assigned to collaborate with and their fellow college partner to create and implement lessons based on the curriculum units and materials.  North Adams has an ample stock of materials that students can work with the teachers and administration to procure for lessons. 

There is no science background necessary for this position, just an interest and enthusiasm in teaching children to have fun and engage students in a love of science.  Fellows are paired with teachers (grades K-5, sometimes 6th) and will collaborate to create unique lesson plans that the Science Fellows will then teach that are based on core standards for the Teach2Learn Curriculum and/or MA Science State Standards.   We are thrilled to say that we are fully in-person 2021-2022 academic year and hopefully circumstances continue to evolve in the right direction and different hands-on science experiences that are so central to any science curriculum will become available once again.

 

Reflection & Testimonials

  • “I’ve worked as a NAPS science fellow for six semesters now. This year my partner and I are teaching entirely asynchronously, which is difficult because we don’t get to meet any of the students. That being said, our classroom teacher has been an incredible collaborator; she provides constructive feedback and helps us brainstorm ways to make the technology more accessible to students. We taught the same 5th grade curriculum with her last year, and I think our close partnership has helped us make the lessons engaging and interactive, despite the new online format. This semester has pushed me to be more creative and intentional in my lesson planning, and I think I have definitely become a stronger teacher and communicator in the process.”  – Gwyneth Maloy ‘21
  • “During my time as a Science Fellow, your support and guidance were much appreciated. Going to Greylock Elementary School and working with Mrs. Rondeau was one of the highlights of my senior year, so I am sincerely thankful for all that you do to sustain and improve the NAPS program at CLiA! My only regret is not joining the program sooner.”  Karla De La Fuente ’22”
  • “Thank you so much for a great semester – I felt so well-supported, and had a really meaningful year with the Science Fellows program!! :)” Asha Sandler, ‘24

Goals & Responsibilities

Science Fellows working in North Adams schools teach one science lesson each week and participate in related program activities. The Science Fellow Program continues to be based off of the Teaching to Learn initiative (part of an NSF grant that ended several years ago, but has left lasting beneficial curricular changes).  Science Fellow responsibilities and activities include attendance at orientations, participation in periodic trainings focused on effective science teaching as well as social/emotional learning and issues directly related to teaching elementary children, planning time with teaching partners, and weekly debriefing with North Adams teachers in whose classrooms Science Fellows work. For any further questions, email Amy Sosne.