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BOP Teacher Fellowship at Pace University

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October 28, 2014

Program Overview

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The BOP Teacher Fellowship is a professional development program to train and support master teachers as they create a new STEM curriculum based on restoring our local marine ecology.  The Fellowship provides educational, scientific, financial and logistical support to experienced in-service teachers who will take the lead in creating this innovative curriculum while learning environmental field techniques, marine science, and the ecology of oysters—a keystone species that once dominated New York Harbor and its shorelines–from local experts.  Throughout the course of the two-year fellowship, teachers will learn directly from guest experts, scientists, and STEM professionals through hands-on workshops and colloquium style classes.

Applicants should be highly motivated and inspired to serve as pioneers in the Billion Oyster Project. BOP Fellows will need to invest considerable time and energy in the project, particularly in the first year, as they write and develop curriculum resources on a monthly basis. School administrators will also be asked to fully support participating teachers as they implement BOP curriculum and field activities during their regular school day.

Core activities of the fellowship include: monthly colloquium meetings at Pace University, annual symposia on Governors Island, hands-on field trainings, and curriculum writing with scientists. Teachers and their schools will be provided modest financial and material resources to support participation in both the Fellowship and the larger National Science Foundation funded project (“Curriculum and Community Enterprise for New York Harbor Restoration in New York City Public Schools”). The amount and type of supporting resources, along with participation requirements for teachers and school administrators, are detailed in the attached “Fellowship Contract.”


The BOP Fellowship is available only to NYC DoE middle school (grades 6-8) teachers working in Title I designated schools. The program strongly encourages math and science teacher pairs from the same school and grade level/team to apply together. The program will also consider individual, non-science/math teachers who demonstrate extraordinary motivation and capacity toward the goals of the project.

Next Steps 

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the project manager (Sam Janis:, 212-458-0800 ext. 6503) with questions and a short statement indicating the intention to apply

Read about the NSF-funded BOP Schools and “Curriculum and Community Enterprise for New York Harbor Restoration in New York City Public Schools” project here.

Download the fillable applications here. ( Please note: the application form also includes instructions for 4 supplemental documents, as well as the Fellowship Contract. These should be emailed along with the completed application, as separate PDFs. 

Completed applications including all supplementary documents are due by December 15th, 2014. Email completed applications to


Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you.