Science Fellows (NAPS)
- Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per week
- Where: All programs due to COVID will be held remotely. There will be no in-person connections.
- 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 we will try to offer limited materials and resources if possible in the form of take home kits for virtually taught science projects. We are currently working on Science Fellow positions being open for grades 1-5. There is no science background necessary, just an interest and enthusiasm in teaching children to have fun and engage students in a love of science while learning remotely. Fellows will be paired with teachers and together will collaborate on the best format to engage students whether it’s through video, synchronous sessions, take home kits, etc. Fellows may also work together on developing creative, interesting lessons and videos for elementary students that will then be uploaded onto a common YouTube CLiA channel and a resource site accessible to multiple school districts.
Reflection & Testimonials
- “Becoming a Science Fellow gave me the opportunity to connect with the North Adams community in a unique way. The relationships that were forged with the incredible staff at the Center for Learning in Action, my Williams teaching partners, the teacher I worked alongside in the classroom, and the amazing class of fifth graders I had the privilege of getting to know made this experience extremely special and something I looked forward to every week.” – Lauren Moseley ’16
- “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.