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Fellowships

KSTF Teaching Fellowships are among the most comprehensive in the nation, combining extensive financial and professional support.

fel1_img1The foundation’s signature program, the KSTF Teaching Fellowships, awards fellowships to early-career science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers.


Selection Criteria

KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded based on three criteria: the potential to develop the content knowledge needed for teaching, the potential to develop exemplary teaching practices, and the potential to develop the qualities of a teacher leader. Applicants must demonstate the ability to develop in each of these areas in order to be selected. Once selected, fellows focus on growth in these areas over the three phases of the program. 

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KSTF Teaching Fellowship Program Phases

The five-year KSTF Teaching Fellowship Program is divided into three phases, with each phase building on the next.

PHASE ONE (1-20 Months)
Content Knowledge for Teaching

During Phase One, fellows inquire into the content knowledge they need to excel in the profession. They also explore various ways to create and support opportunities for student learning. 

PHASE TWO (21-40 Months)
Exemplary Teaching Practices

During Phase Two, fellows explore ways to determine what students are actually learning and strategies for using this data to improve instruction and student learning.

PHASE THREE (41-60 Months)
Teacher Leadership Qualities

In Phase Three, fellows use what they have learned to design learning opportunities that engage and challenge all students. Fellows also inquire into their own teaching practice, define the type of teacher leader they want to become, and plan for the growth and professional development they need to get there.

SENIOR FELLOW
After completing the fifth year of the fellowship, Teaching Fellows transition to Senior Fellow status. Senior Fellows are encouraged to remain involved with KSTF in a number of ways, including designing and implementing professional development for KSTF Teaching Fellows, attending KSTF meetings, and continuing to participate in our online community. Senior Fellows are eligible to receive support while pursuing National Board Certification. They are also eligible to receive leadership grants to pursue activities that impact education beyond their own classrooms.

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KSTF offers a community of thinkers and helps foster reflective teaching, learning and sharing, thereby furthering the effectiveness of my teaching.  

Allison Stafford
Sequoia High School
Redwood City
California