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Financial & Professional Support


KSTF Teaching Fellows are eligible to receive stipends, grants, professional development and more to support their progress as teacher leaders.

Over the course of the Fellowship, new teachers develop into backbone teachers and leaders through annual meetings (three per year); membership in a professional organization; one-on-one work with a KSTF Program Officer, Teacher Development; and participation in an online community.

Annual Meetings


Fellows’ cohort meetings are held in the fall and spring of each year. These meetings allow Fellows to study important issues in STEM teaching and learning while developing as a community of professional teachers. During these meetings, Fellows have the chance to work with a variety of experts and resources.

The annual KSTF Summer Meeting brings all of our Fellows from all five years of the program together. This special event allows Fellows to:

  • Interact with, learn from and provide critical feedback to each other in a variety of settings.  
  • Collaboratively study the challenges and issues involved in reaching all learners.  
  • Inquire into their teaching practices, ideas and themes supported by staff, resource teachers, Senior Fellows and other community members.  
  • Practice organizing and leading learning sessions for teachers and other educators in a constructive setting, and provide critical feedback as participants.


Professional Development

Fellows are eligible to receive professional development grants valued at up to $4,000 per year to cover the cost of relevant activities, including workshops, mentoring and practitioner inquiry. KSTF also fosters growth by providing access to the following offerings:

Each year, Fellows receive a one-year membership to a professional organization of their choice, such as the National Science Teachers’ Association, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Chemical Society, the National Earth Science Teachers Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, or the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. These memberships provide access to professional development, current field-related literature and leadership opportunities.  

KSTF Program Officers, Teacher Development will observe each Fellow one or more times during the Fellowship period to assist Fellows with their professional development and gauge their professional growth. Observations may include lesson plan review, student interviews and more.

KSTF Program Officers, Teacher Development provide feedback twice a year on a Fellow’s progress toward becoming a professional teacher and teacher leader. This review is an opportunity for Fellows and Program Officers, Teacher Development to discuss areas for further growth and plan for future development and support.



Grants and Stipends

In addition to professional development grants, Fellows are eligible to receive the following support:

  • Annual stipends
  • Teaching material grants of up to $1,200 per year for classroom initiatives
  • A one-time National Board Certification grant of $2,000
  • Leadership grants available every year

When requesting grant support, Fellows must submit a proposal outlining needs, goals, potential outcomes, cost justification and proposed methods for measuring impact. This process helps Fellows develop the skills and knowledge to successfully compete for resources and awards from other sources in the future.

Online Community

Building a community of teacher-scholars depends on communication, but distance can be a challenge. That’s why KSTF has developed an online environment to facilitate collaboration and communication. Regular participation in the online community plays a key role in the growth of KSTF Fellows.