SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Sleepy Hollow High School teachers will be participating in the Wipro Science Education Fellowship (SEF) with Mercy College, University of Massachusetts in Boston and Montclair (N.J.) State University.
The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns will be represented by Washington Irving School science teacher Abbey Gilligan, Sleepy Hollow Middle School science teacher Mayerlin Strippoli, and Sleepy Hollow High School science teacher Leana Peltier. Sleepy Hollows Science Department Chairperson Jason Choi will serve as the district coordinator and the liaison between the teachers and Mercy College.
Wipro is an international information technology company based in India and serving more than 61 countries. Because of their extensive work in the United States, they sought to fund science education innovation projects here. Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft of the University of Massachusetts originally earned the funding to run the SEF in a one-year program with Boston teachers. It has now grown to a two-year program in three states.
The SEF supports three cohorts of 20 science teacher fellows from five local districts during a two-year fellowship that focuses on leadership in science education.
The goal is to keep good teachers in the classroom and develop their leadership skills in the classroom as opposed to putting them in administrative roles. Major tenets of the professional development include vertical and horizontal articulation across districts and lesson observation and study. In year two, each fellow will lead professional development in their own district and work on a district-wide initiative of his or her choosing.