The Wipro Science Education Fellowship (Wipro SEF) is a partnership between the University of Massachusetts Boston, Montclair State University, Mercy College, University of North Texas Dallas, Stanford University, University of Missouri and the University of South Florida, with funding from Wipro, to foster teacher leadership and science teaching excellence among teachers in partnering school districts from Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Texas, California, Missouri and Florida.
The program grew out of the success of the Boston Science Partnership’s Science Education Fellowship, a grant initiative funded by the National Science Foundation from 2009-2012. The Wipro Science Education Fellowship professional development model emphasizes: thinking about teaching, leadership to peers, and individual growth opportunities.
As part of the Wipro Science Education Fellowship program, Fellows engage in two years of professional development opportunities that include individual work as well as collaboration with other Fellows. Year one of the program focuses on science instruction, reflective practice, adult learning and leadership. In year two, Fellows design and implement an individualized professional growth plan to improve instruction and leadership within their school and/or district. The Wipro Science Education Fellowship model includes a comprehensive set of activities designed to improve teaching practices in participating school districts with the ultimate aim of improved science learning for all students.