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STEM pattern

STEM pattern

Application Criteria

We welcome teams of STEM teachers who meet the critera below.  As you consider the structure of your team, you are encouraged to carefully review the Team Self-Assessment Tool which will be a useful guide in this process.  

    • Middle Grades STEM Teachers with a Strong Commitment to Growth
      • Teachers in grades 4th - 8th.
      • Teachers of science and/or math.  Teachers of engineering (e.g. Project Lead the Way), integrated STEM, or computer science technology may also be eligible to apply.  
      • Teachers of record for at least one math or science class (strongly preferred).
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    • School-based Teams
      • Applicants must apply as school-based teams of 3 - 4 teachers; teams of 5 will be considered with permission.
      • School teams are not selected by the number of applicants, but rather on quality of the applicants and the ability for the team to work together.
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    • Early Career Focus
      • Preference will be given to teams with 1 or more early career teachers.  
    • Availability & Participation
      • Accepted applicants must attend all Summer Institutes and remain on campus at Notre Dame, residentially, during the Summer Institutes. Additionally, Fellows will engage in school year work virtually and attend, in person, two January RISE Summits at rotating sites around the US.
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    • Commitment to Existing School
      • Applicants must intend to remain teaching at their existing school for the duration of the Fellowship (2 academic years).
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    • Administrator/Principal Support
      • All applicants must have letters of support from their principal approving their full participation in the program