Monday, November 21, 2011


Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children across the country.

We believe all students have the potential to discover a love of learning in middle school that will inspire them to succeed in high school, college, the workforce, and civic life.
However, many kids lose interest and drop out of school because they lack enough time to master skills during the school day, relevant learning activities, and involved adults.
Our solution mobilizes a second shift of afternoon educators, who provide academic support, leadership development, and "apprenticeships"—hands-on learning activities taught by volunteers.
We need your help as a Citizen Teacher to support our work with schools and communities to restore the promise of education in America.

Approximately 15 middle school students in 6, 7 or 8th grade-- all eager to learn from you!
Teach your skills and share your passion.
90 minutes each week for 12 weeks on a weekday afternoon in the fall or spring, culminating in a WOW! presentation.
Roughly 1-2 hours planning and preparing for your session each week.
At a Massachusetts middle school.
 Training
 Curriculum development
 Lesson planning guidance
 Weekly classroom assistance from Citizen Schools staff
 $80 budget for supplies
 Feedback
 Online community of Citizen Teacher volunteers
What is a WOW!? At Citizen Schools, a WOW! is the culminating showcase of student mastery that they’ve achieved in their apprenticeships: high-quality, real-world products or presentations that have value for the community. Whether its an architectural model of a community center, a new web page designed for parents at their school, a mock trial delivered in front of real judges and jury members, or a pitch to investors for a social enterprise concept, each WOW! makes young people heroes in their own community, and demonstrates what's possible when youth and professionals work together.

To view existing curricula and explore ideas about what you might like to teach, visit
For further information about volunteering or to express your interest in teaching an apprenticeship, visit or contact:
Rachel Lafferty, Civic Engagement Fellow Kelly Conron, Senior Manager of Civic Engagement / 617-695-2300 x1165

 Think about what you might like to teach, and your capacity to commit to leading an apprenticeship group of students for one afternoon each week from mid-February to mid-May
 Click “I want to Learn more” at to submit an interest form and a staff member will contact you soon to learn about your apprenticeship ideas and share more information about the volunteer experience.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fellowship Opportunities - Maritime Systems Master's Degree Fellowship Program

To learn more about this outstanding fellowship opportunity, please visit
 and click on "Fellowship Opportunities" in the left hand navigation.

Applications are now being accepted for the Maritime Systems Master's Degree Fellowship program at Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey. Stevens Institute of Technology is the lead university in the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Center of Excellence in Maritime and Port Security. The deadline for applying is November 15, 2011. U.S. citizenship is required.

Welcome to the Center for STEM Education's K-12 Outreach Blog!

WHO WE ARE: The Center for STEM Education is a Northeastern center focused on increasing opportunities and awareness in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields for students, especially those from backgrounds currently underrepresented in these careers. We work closely with our community to accomplish this goal, and have many volunteer opportunities both on campus and in the schools and communities in which we work.
VOLUNTEERING: Whether you are passionate about enhancing math and science education for K-12 students, want to get more involved in your community, or just want to fulfill some required volunteer hours, you've come to the right place! Read about our upcoming volunteer opportunities in the blog below, and then click on the link for the event in the right-hand column to register. We offer both ongoing and one-day volunteer opportunities, and new events are being added all of the time. We encourage you to also use this blog to discuss your current service experiences with other students at NU!

We also encourage you to refer to the resources provided to gain a deeper understanding of your role as a volunteer and the community that you will be serving.