Applicant Information

Who are the Dow Innovation Teacher Fellows?

Fifteen to twenty K-12 teachers from Arenac, Bay, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, or Saginaw counties will be selected as fellows each year. Interdisciplinary teaching teams of 2-3 are strongly encouraged to apply to carry out their proposed work together. To read more about eligibility, click here.

What is the Fellowship experience?

  • Participate in 24 hours of professional development and curriculum design on project and place-based learning.

  • Connect with a community partner (e.g., a business, non-profit, government agency, neighbors, etc.) around a local sustainability challenge. Topics could include: plastic waste, circular economy, water quality, food waste/composting, climate change etc.

  • Design and implement a learning unit of at least one week in length on a sustainability problem with support from content and pedagogy experts from Dow, the University of Michigan, and Delta College.

What are the expectations of the Dow Innovation Teacher Fellowship?

  • This summer, participate in 16 hours asynchronous professional development over the course of 3 weeks. Additionally, commit to up to 4 hours of synchronous meetings and a 5 hour public health informed in-person workshop. You will need to be available for the following dates and activities:

        • June 21st - July 9th is when our 3-week asynchronous virtual learning module will be in-session. This course will have an expected time commitment of 5-6 hours per week.

        • June 23, 10am-12pm will be a synchronous welcome session on Zoom.

        • On July 7th or 8th* we will host synchronous sessions of up to 2 hours each either virtually or in-person to check in with Fellows in small groups.

        • On August 10th there will be a public-health informed in-person workshop day.

*Final July dates will be decided dependent on group input.

  • Fellows will be expected to commit to being periodically engaged throughout the school year via virtual and in-person formats (as public health guidelines allow).

  • Develop, implement, and share a project and place-based instructional unit during the 2021-22 school year around a local sustainability issue. This unit can vary in length but should engage students for at least one week's worth of lessons, connect them with a local partner, engage them in spaces outside the classroom, and result in a publicly shared presentation of an action project to help address the sustainability issue.

  • Document the implementation of the unit, collect artifacts (video, photos, student work) with appropriate student consents and releases, and share with other teachers and project participants.

  • Participate in check-in meetings scheduled with University of Michigan project staff to provide updates on progress and to request support as needed.

What will Dow Innovation Teacher Fellows receive?

  • Professional development and design support from a curriculum developer to aid in the development of instructional materials

  • A stipend of $2,000

  • Up to $1,000 for project related expenses (transportation, classroom materials, etc.)

  • SCECHs for participation in professional development

  • Connection to potential local partners

  • Opportunities to showcase your students, school, and connect to your community

  • Opportunities to network with teacher colleagues in the region and community and university experts in sustainability issues

  • Access to curated online resources for sustainability education

Support for Dow Innovation Teacher Fellows will continue after their initial year. Ongoing benefits will include:

  • Access to professional development opportunities

  • Subscription to DITF Newsletter: Teaching Towards Sustainability, which highlights grant opportunities and teaching resources on a monthly basis

  • Mentorship and networking opportunities with other Fellows

  • Eligibility for additional funding to continue place-based sustainability work in your classrooms

  • Opportunities to pilot new programs and resources