Teaching Fellows Program
The Choices Teaching Fellows Program promotes excellence in social studies by supporting a corps of master teachers who conduct teacher-centered professional development and outreach activities nationwide.
Summer Leadership Institute
Each summer, approximately 20 educators from across the country are selected on a competitive basis to participate in a Choices Leadership Institute held at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. For one week, teachers learn from scholars, engage in best practices workshops, and learn from their peers in an intensive, rewarding environment. The Choices Program covers expenses, with the exception of roundtrip travel to Providence. Applications are usually available in January; notification of acceptance is usually in March.
We welcome applications from secondary social studies educators in all public, private and parochial schools. Choices also welcomes librarians, literature teachers and college educators.
Upon completion of the Institute, these educators—now called Choices Teaching Fellows—return to their respective communities and conduct outreach activities. Choices encourages its Teaching Fellows to tailor their activities to their own interests and strengths, and provides resources to help them conduct outreach. This outreach can take a number of forms; See some of the Choices Teaching Fellows below to hear what they have done.
Teaching Fellows assist their colleagues in implementing Choices materials by sharing their expertise and sharing their voice in our Teacher Conversations. Listen and read about how Teaching Fellows use and adapt our materials. Not sure which units will work in your course? Learn which units our Teaching Fellows pair with their courses.
Meet Choices Teaching Fellows
Kevin Conlon was part of the Choices webinar on Afghanistan, has presented at two local conferences and will take a lead role in the 2012 Choices Summer Institute in Chicago.
Brittany Whitted was a presenter for the Choices Afghanistan webinar. She also conducted a workshop for her district and presented on behalf of Choices at the Texas Council for Social Studies.
Nadine Loza has planned outreach to student teachers from San Bernadino State and Los Angeles State universities. She will represent Choices at the California State Council for the Social Studies conference.
Claire Heskestad has presented at the Long Island Council for the Social Studies conference and the Westchester Council for the Social Studies conference. She also wrote an article on using The United Nations: Challenges and Change unit for the UNA-Westchester Global Connection Newsletter. She is working on a presentation for the New York State Social Studies Council conference and will hold an afterschool workshop for all student teachers in her district.