What is the GK-12 Program?
The GK-12 Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF),
puts Harvard graduate students to work in the Cambridge Public School
System. The Division of Engineering and Applied Science (DEAS) has been
awarded fellowships from the NSF for Ph.D. students who are committed
to working with science teachers and students in the Cambridge Public
Harvard University is entering the 2004-05 academic year with ten Graduate
Fellows. The Fellows have been paired with teachers in Cambridge Rindge
and Latin (the local public high school) and, with their partner teachers,
are currently working on curricular activity development, laboratory development,
and teacher and student support and enrichment. The fellows work with
high school students of all ages and grade levels in Physics, Chemistry,
Biology, and Computer Science.
How are the Graduate Fellows Involved?
- Curriculum reform and re-design
- In-class support and enrichment for students
- Creating extra-credit opportunities as a way to further challenge
and engage the more advanced students
- Incorporating technology in the classroom
- Science Fair Help Center
- Organizing field trips to Harvard and helping with field trips
How are the Graduate Fellows and Teachers Organized?
- I feel that my fellow cares about her work with the kids . . . The fellows are willing to go into the "trenches" with the teachers and stick it out.
- [One of the best outcomes] is the amazingly close relationship that the students have with my Fellow and his impact as a connection to a world of scientific research that both the students and myself would never have had the opportunity to experience if he had not come to our class.
- My presence gave my partner teacher a resource for understanding new technologies in my field of study (wireless communications). This was particularly useful since my partner teacher participated in a government-sponsored project involving wind turbines, in which students each built working turbines used to charge batteries. My electrical engineering background gave my partner teacher a resource to discuss the logistics of this project that would otherwise not be available to her.
Who is eligible to participate?
Currently we have graduate fellows from DEAS and the Astronomy, Chemistry, and Physics departments. Fellows must be graduate students in DEAS or the Departments of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Biology, or Physics. Fellows are selected based on their academic records, their interest in education issues, and their previous experience in education. Fellows must be U.S citizens or permanent residents, and willing to commit to GK-12 for at least two years.
We are grateful for the support of the National Science Foundation through grant #0086387.