Just Launched: The ABE Master Teacher Fellowship

News Release
November 12, 2020

The ABE Program Office is pleased to announce the launch of our new ABE Master Teacher Fellowship Program. The ABE Master Teacher Fellowship is a stipended year-long professional experience (6 months during this start-up year) in which up to 12 experienced ABE teachers participate in a community of practice with their ABE peers and travel to Harvard University for a LabXchange deep dive (when health and safety conditions permit). With support from the Program Office and an Amgen mentor, Fellows will explore a topic of personal interest in the biosciences and develop corresponding classroom resources, and will become advisors contributing to the development and depth of the ABE program.

Who is eligible?

Any teacher who has been teaching ABE for 3+ years at a program site that has been established for at least 3 years.

What are the benefits?

  • Community: Fellows become part of an international cadre of experienced, knowledgeable educators who connect and collaborate (both face-to-face and virtually) with other Fellows.
  • Innovation: Fellows work with the LabXchange team at Harvard University to learn from and develop their own new assets to support and extend ABE.
  • Mentorship: Fellows will have access to mentors from Amgen staff around the world, supporting their own research and exploration of a bioscience topic of their choice.
  • Leadership: Fellows will serve as program ambassadors for other teachers, providing peer advice and guidance on how to teach ABE while engaging students and connecting them with real-world, real-time applications for ABE content and skills.

What are the criteria?

Nominated teachers should be able to demonstrate tangible contributions to student learning and the ABE program, effective leadership skills, strong communication skills (in one or more media)*, a specific interest in at least one bioscience topic that would deepen and extend ABE, and explicit support for their participation from their school, district, and program site.

*In the 6-month pilot during 2020–21, proficiency in English will be necessary, although that will change in future years.

When and how can I apply?

Program sites will share specific time commitments and application materials with interested teachers.

Teacher applications are due by close of business on Friday, 18 December 2020.

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The Amgen Foundation and ABE Program Office will prioritize supporting teachers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or of color (in this case, as Latinx or as a multiracial minority), as well as teachers who expand opportunities for Black and indigenous students, in an effort to ameliorate the devastating effects of racism on ABE communities.