“The fellowship has reminded me that STEM education is more about the students than it is about the teacher. I have been more encouraged and courageous about giving up my authority in the classroom, which has allowed my students to feel like I am not the only knowledge holder in the classroom.”
“Integrating a more Democratic approach into my curriculum and classroom culture has revolutionized student engagement. Their ownership is inspiring, the work they've produced is beyond anything I've seen before and their STEM literacy is exceptional."
"Many of my AP biology students started college and wrote to me that their experience in AP Bio of leading class sessions and researching content has helped them a lot in their biology classes in college."
This experience has helped me see other STEM teachers as partners in this, and I am able to reach out and bounce ideas off them and they can bounce ideas off me. Prior to STEM Ed Innovators, there wasn’t a structure for me to collaborate with other teachers. The only time I interacted with other STEM teachers was when we were meeting about standardized tests—never about improving our teaching practices.
- Nick, KIPP Schools cohort
STEM Ed Innovators gave me the opportunity to identify the problem
and ways to think critically using democratic framework for sustainable solutions in my classroom and lifelong learning.
Purvi, Beryllium Cohort
Students Are Suffering From Low Academic Self-Esteem. Democratizing the Classroom Can Save Them.
STEM Ed Innovators encouraged me to enlist my students as co-designers of the learning environment; and it enabled me to go through the design process with students so that they could help create environments that were welcoming and affirming for them. After STEM Ed Innovators, my whole conception of my role as a teacher changed drastically. Each classroom is a new space filled with new students that can be co-designers and push me to become a better teacher every day.
- Gina, STEM Ed Fellow, Cohort 4
Integrating a more Democratic approach into my curriculum and classroom culture has revolutionized student engagement. Their ownership is inspiring, the work they've produced is beyond anything I've seen before and their science literacy is exceptional. The fellowship has worked wonders in my classroom and this has been my favorite year of teaching yet.
- STEM Ed Fellow
During 10 years of in-person Fellowships in New York and Boston, the program had more than 300 teacher fellows and impacted over 100,000 K-12 students. We are now nationwide and international!
Alumni in the Media
How Democratized STEM Can Close Opportunity Gaps
Boston STEM Ed Alumni
The Key to STEM Equity is Democratic Teaching
STEM Ed Leadership Team