Science Fellows (NAPS) – Paid Position
- Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per week
- Where: All programs during the 2020-2021 academic year were held remotely via zoom sessions. Our hope is to resume in-person programming for fall, 2021 pending North Adams District protocols that will be released sometime in early August.
- 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. Pre-pandemic, students would collaborate with classroom teachers to lead interactive science lessons weekly during the fall and spring semesters. Students participating in the NAPS Science Fellows Programs are part of the North Adams Teaching to Learn initiative funded in part by the National Science Foundation. In addition to the weekly science teaching, NAPS Science Fellows attend trainings and participate in Teaching to Learn project research and evaluation. Curriculum units and materials in the past in in-person learning have been provided and Science Fellows can work closely with administrators from North Adams to access these materials for lessons. We are currently working on Science Fellow positions being open for grades 1-5 and hoping that these positions will be able to resume in-person in the fall. 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 will be paired with teachers 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. This past academic year, Science Fellows taught remotely and were able to successfully develop creative, interesting lessons and videos for elementary students that were then uploaded onto a common YouTube CLiA channel and a resource site accessible to multiple school districts. Although this was a great accomplishment and showed a tremendous amount of flexibility, perseverance, and resilience amongst both college students, elementary students, and teachers, it is our hope to be able to return to in-person interactions in order to fully engage in the science teaching experience with these elementary students. We will be prepared to engage in this program in whatever capacity depending on what the school district plans are that will come out some time in August.
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
- “It was a great experience for me and teaching students helped me understand the importance of communication. I couldn’t have been happier with my teaching partner and classroom teacher. Each day at work was an adventure.” – Dvivid Trivedi ’17
- “My teaching partner and I loved going into the classroom each week. Working with the students was super rewarding and their excitement and curiosity for the experiments and lessons were infectious!” – Katie Swoap ’17
- “Working with kids reminds you to always be curious about the world around you and never be afraid to ask questions.” – Rebecca Durst ’17
Goals & Responsibilities
Science Fellows working in North Adams schools teach one science lesson each week and participate in related program activities. As part of the Teaching to Learn initiative, these activities include attendance at orientations, participation in periodic trainings focused on effective science teaching, 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.