Wipro Science Education Fellowship (SEF) Program 2022

Wipro Science Education Fellowship (SEF) Program 2022: Wipro Education Fellowship Program has been designed to contribute to the systemic improvement of Indian school education by supporting early stage civil society organizations (CSOs) focused on school education.

Selected fellows are supported with a fellowship stipend, workshops and mentoring from partner resource organizations for capacity building, and access to networking opportunities with other educational CSOs within our partner network.

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The Wipro Science Education Fellowship (SEF) Program selects teacher leaders from grades K-12 in partnering districts to participate in an intensive professional development program aimed at improving instructional practice, developing leading teachers, and increasing student achievement in the sciences.

Wipro SEF fellows belong to one of our partner school districts:

Program Overview

The Wipro Science Education Fellowship is made possible by a grant from the global information technology company Wipro Ltd. in collaboration with the Center of Science and Mathematics (COSMIC) at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  CSET has partnered with these organizations to offer this fellowship opportunity to select districts in the Bay Area.

“Wipro is deeply committed to improving STEM education in public schools and helping educators prepare students for the future,” said Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro Limited.

Selected teachers will undergo approximately 250 hours of professional development and mentoring by university teams over the course of two year.  Each teacher fellow is expected to teach in their respective schools and districts for the duration of the program and will become a part of the greater Wipro SEF community with other fellows from across the country.

Goals: Wipro Science Education Fellowship (SEF ) Program 2022

The Wipro Science Education Fellowship (SEF) Program identifies the following three overarching goals:

  • Improve instructional practice
  • Develop leading teacher
  • Increase student achievement in the sciences

To help achieve these goals, the Wipro SEF Program uses three “pillars” that serve as the foundation of the work that fellows will engage in over the course of their two years in the program.  These three pillars are described here:

  1. Reflective Practice- Fellows meet monthly as a cohort for professional development sessions that address various aspects of science teaching such as effective instructional models, pedagogical content knowledge, Next Generation Science Standards, student engagement, and equity. Teachers also work in small groups, called Collaborative Coaching and Learning in Science (CCLS) groups, to discuss and reflect on classroom practice.  Central to the CCLS work, fellows share video recordings of their classroom practice and provide feedback to each other to help each other learn and grow in their individual and collective goals. The CCLS groups make use of protocols, tools, and resources that allow for focused and productive interactions amongst group members.
  2. Teacher Leadership- The Wipro SEF Program emphasizes building the leadership capacity of each fellow as they work with other teachers in the program, at their school sites, and in their districts.  In year 1, Fellows work collaboratively with colleagues in both vertical and horizontal CCLS groups. Fellows will develop their expertise in their own teaching practice as well as begin conversations with their respective District Coordinators to discuss how their work in the Wipro program can influence science teaching and learning across their district.  In year 2, professional development sessions will highlight teacher leadership and fellows will be provided with supports that will help them practice leadership in their own contexts. Fellows will also continue to work with their District Coordinators to further the science work in their respective districts.
  3. Adult Learning & Professional Growth-  Wipro fellows are encouraged to pursue opportunities for continuous learning and professional growth.  In year 1, fellows identify classroom instructional goals and learn how to use educational research to support their everyday classroom practice. In year 2, fellows identify personal goals as well as goals that support district science initiatives and develop a personalized professional growth plan, or Growth Plan System (GPS).  To support their GPS, each fellow receives one-on-one mentoring throughout the school year to support them in the development and follow-through of their GPS plan.

Features of the Wipro SEF Program

  • Whole group professional development sessions
  • Professional collaboration and reflection with other classroom teachers
  • Mentoring sessions focused on individual and school/district goals
  • A stipend of $8000 per teacher ($4000 per year for two years) upon completion of the requirements of the fellowship.
  • A local and national teacher learning community focused on science instruction
  • Opportunities for professional growth in both instruction and leadership
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Responsibilities of the Wipro SEF Program Stakeholders

Primary Responsibilities of Fellows

  • Teach science in the classroom on a regular basis.
  • Complete all core activities in the Wipro SEF Program.
  • Be reflective, open-minded, committed to the work.
  • Be open to participating in evaluation and research, such as surveys and interviews, during and after your time as a fellow.

Primary Responsibilities of School Administrators

  • Support fellow’s work as it pertains to the Wipro SEF program.
  • Allow fellow’s classroom to be video recorded during the course of the fellowship. These recordings will be used to help teachers reflect on their teaching practice.  The expectation is that fellows will video record their classroom while teaching, following district policies as they pertain to video release forms, and parental consent. Videotapes will be viewed by peer teachers as a vehicle for discussion and will not be used to evaluate individual teachers or students.  
  • Be open to allowing Wipro fellows to participate in local and national conferences if the opportunity arises.  We do not anticipate teachers missing their regular class times, but should the need arise, the Wipro SEF Program will provide funds for any substitutes that may be needed.
  • Permit fellows from within and outside of the district to observe your fellow’s classroom.
  • Provide time for the implementation of your district science curriculum.
  • Suport fellows as they continue to seek leadership opportunities.

Primary Responsibilities of the District Coordinators

  • Recruit eligible teachers to apply for the Wipro SEF program for each of the 3 cohorts.
  • Help with the application process and selection of fellows.
  • Attend monthly meetings with the university team and other District Coordinators from other districts.
  • Meet regularly with Wipro SEF fellows from your district.
  • Be actively engaged in the planning and implementation of the program.

Primary Responsibilities of the Wipro SEF Team at Stanford University

  • Be supportive of all fellows and district personnel involved with the Wipro SEF program.
  • Provide means and support for video recordings.
  • Provide high quality, transformative professional development.
  • Be responsive to fellows’ needs.
  • Assist fellows as they continue to seek leadership opportunities.
  • Provide support and mentorship for individualized professional growth plan.
  • Compensate fellows with their stipends in a timely manner.
  • Provide feedback on fellows’ progress in the program throughout the fellowship.
  • Communicate regularly with partner districts.

Who Can Apply

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have taught for at least three years by the end of this school year
  • Have been employed by their current district for at least two years
  • Hold a valid license to teach at the elementary level OR hold a license to teach science at the secondary level. 
  • Be committed to remain in the classroom for the entire term of their fellowship
  • Have the support of their school administrator
  • Be able and willing to complete all program requirements listed above

How to Apply

Teachers who are interested in applying should complete the following application found on pages 4-7 in its entirety and send it as a pdf to [email protected] (subject line: Wipro application submission) by Monday, May 23, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST.  

The pdf should be named with the last name first, first name initial, grade level, school district, and the words “Wipro application.”  (Example: SmithG_Grade3_San Jose Unified School District_Wipro application). Please complete the following components and organize them in this order when submitting your pdf:

  • Completed Application (with above naming convention)
  • Resume/CV
  • Sample Science Lesson Plan
  • Wipro SEF Agreement on pages 6-7 (signed by you and school administrator)

Applications for the 2022 cohort are now open to teachers working in the above school districts. Click here to apply today, but hurry, applications close on May 23, 2022!. 5th May 2022 – Closing date for applications

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