Academic Credit Opportunities

Working with Williams College faculty and staff, WEO supports students seeking academic credit for their work in local schools.
Scroll down for examples of WEO-supported activities.

BioEYES: Teaching 3rd grade about zebrafish

The BioEyes Winter Study brings tropical Zebrafish to 3rd and 4th grade classrooms at Williamstown, Brayton, and Greylock Elementary schools.  Elementary students breed zebrafish and then study their development and pigmentation over a one week period.  Williams students adapt lesson plans to the science curriculum for the classes they work in, work with classroom teachers to introduce concepts such as genetics and development, and assess student learning.  No zebrafish or science experience is necessary.  During the first week of Winter Study, Williams students will stay on campus and learn about setting up fish matings, embryonic development and the genetics of fish pigmentation. Additionally, students will practice teaching their BioEyes lessons. In the subsequent two weeks, Williams student will work actively in the elementary schools, and in the final week, students will write a paper summarizing their data and experience in the program. Contact Jennifer Swoap.


Science for Kids

The Science for Kids Winter Study, created and organized by Williams students, brings local 4th graders and their parents to Williams College during January. The program aims to excite kids about the practice and outcome of science by immersing small groups in a series of hands-on experiential workshops about a range of science topics.  The workshop themes (which can focus on any of the sciences and incorporate aspects of different disciplines) are chosen by small teams of Williams students, and content, design and implementation are tested and developed during the early stages of WSP.  The course culminates on the third weekend in WSP when the teams present their workshops in morning and afternoon sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. Contact Dave Richardson.


Fieldwork Opportunities as Part of a Williams Course

  • Math Tutorial with Professor Allison Pacelli (Spring 2015)
    • Students observed and taught math lessons in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms at Williamstown Elementary School
  • Advanced Seminar in Teaching and Learning with Professor Susan Engel (Fall 2014)
    • Students observed and assisted 6-8 hours a week in an assigned elementary classroom at Williamstown Elementary School
  • Civic Education with Professor Justin Crowe (Spring 2013)
    • Students observed and taught civics lesson in 5th and 6th grade classrooms at Greylock Elementary School


Independent Studies Undertaken by Williams Students

  • Nature & Language at Williamstown Elementary School (Spring 2015)
  • 7th Grade Science Class on Vision at Greylock Elementary School (Spring 2015)
  • Music Teaching at Greylock Elementary School (Winter Study 2015)


To inquire about fieldwork opportunities related to elementary education, please contact Jennifer Swoap.

For other course fieldwork and independent study opportunities, please contact Paula Consolini.