TLTE alum Seiboldt selected for Knowles Fellowship
28 Apr 2015Cassie Seiboldt graduated from Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education last May and has been teaching mathematics to students at Lincoln Northeast High School. Like all TLTE graduates, she was taught that teaching is a profession that requires you to continuously hone your skills and that it's important to seek new and better ways to reach students. In April she was notified that she has been selected for a prestigious Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowship. These teaching fellowships for new teachers are among the most comprehensive in the nation, combining extensive professional development, grants for teaching materials, leadership and mentoring opportunities, and a financial stipend.
"I am most excited for my students," said Seiboldt. "They do not realize it, but I know through this fellowship, they will become more confident math students. Through all of the professional development opportunities, my classroom will evolve into a place where students will be able to challenge themselves and feel more engaged in learning mathematics."
The KSTF Teaching Fellows Program is a five-year commitment. According to the kstf.org website, to be selected, applicants must show 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 demonstrate the ability to develop in each of these areas in order to be selected. The five-year fellowship is divided into three phases that covers content knowledge for teaching, expemplary teaching practices and teacher leadership qualities.
KSTF's fellowship program has a number of goals, first among them to improve STEM education in U.S. high schools. KSTF desires that their fellows will become "primary agents of educational improvement" and to help support a new generation of students who are proficient and interested in STEM. Since the program began in 2002, more than 250 Knowles Teaching Fellowships have been awarded. Those fellows are building a nationwide network of teachers who are focused on leading STEM education and building the nation's capacity to compete internationally in STEM fields.
Some content courtesy of Lincoln Public Schools Communications Department and the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation.
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