2017 Seedlings Educators Collaborative Fellows: Shandra Patton, Diane Huot, and Eva Kibby

In 2017, the Seedlings Educators Collaborative launched a pilot fellowship program to support a small number of SEC alumni in their ongoing efforts to implement SEC work in their schools, and in their role as a mentor to similarly motivated SEC alumni within their school. We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 SEC Fellowship.

Two overarching goals of this fellowship are to (a) connect the curricular work created during the summer workshop with classroom practices inspired by SEC’s educational philosophy, while meeting the goals of Districts and National Standards, and (b) strengthen collaboration and communication among SEC alumni. With the permission of their principal, director, or head, these SEC Fellows facilitate the collaboration of SEC alumni within a school, and ultimately help more children gain access to an SEC approach to teaching and learning. Alumni who have attended SEC for two summers and have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the program’s philosophy by putting SEC thinking into action in their own classrooms are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

As a Fellow, you will:
  • Attend the one-week summer SEC workshop as an observer/assistant
  • Contribute to the SEC blog on a regular basis
  • Mentor a cohort of SEC alumni at your school to strengthen collaboration and implement SEC thinking
  • Develop a portfolio over the course of the school year documenting the work and collaboration resulting from the fellowship
To support your work, you will receive:
  • A modest personal stipend
  • $500 toward a professional development experience for all SEC teachers involved in the school collaboration.
  • $500 toward supporting students' work
  • Technology to assist documentation
  • Support from SEC staff in documenting Fellowship work
  •  Support from SEC staff in facilitating and coordinating collaboration with local resources
If you are interested in becoming an SEC Fellow for the 2018-2019 school year and have attended at least two SEC summer workshops, or have equivalent teaching experience, please respond to the following questions. Email your responses to judy.cuthbertson@gmail.com by February 28, 2018:
  1. What Seedlings-inspired curriculum have you integrated into your classroom in the years after attending SEC? Please provide specific examples.
  2. Looking at the STEAM curriculum, have you been able to integrate disciplines and collaborate with community mentors? Please provide examples.
  3. What are your strengths as a teacher? How would you envision this fellowship helping your practice and your colleagues in the school?