2025 Ambassador Academy

Applications opening March 2024

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HHMI BioInteractive is inviting high school and undergraduate life and environmental science educators with diverse experiences, backgrounds and teaching contexts to apply for the second BioInteractive Ambassador Academy: a three-year professional development experience designed to promote and support evidence-based teaching practices that incorporate BioInteractive’s approach and values as well as our free and accessible classroom resources. We are seeking educators who are committed to fostering inclusive learning environments, building cultural relevancy into their curricula, and centering equity in their classrooms.

Upon completion of the Academy, cohort members will join the Ambassadors as members of a collaborative and supportive community who work to support classroom spaces where all students have access to authentic and engaging science. Ambassadors drive change in science education and inspire more inclusive science teaching through activities that include designing and facilitating professional learning for educators who teach in a wide variety of contexts.

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What to Expect from the Ambassador Academy

Ambassador Academy cohort members will engage in virtual learning both independently and as a group for 5–15 hours a month. They will also gather for multi-day in-person learning at HHMI each summer and at the NABT conference each fall. The curriculum will focus on the following three strands of learning:

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Developing identities as leaders and model science educators. Academy members will grow skills in feedback, collaboration, emotional intelligence, and adult learning to prepare them to lead from their classrooms, within their schools and beyond. Additionally, they will expand their professional network through connections with Ambassadors and the educators they serve.

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Transforming teaching through evidence-based practices that promote inclusive, culturally relevant, and learner-centered classrooms. Academy members will engage with scholarly teaching literature, implement practices from the literature, and reflect on their impact in the classroom. This work will provide a foundation of authentic classroom experiences to integrate into the design of workshops for other educators.

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Designing and facilitating a high-quality BioInteractive workshop for other educators that models inclusive science teaching. Academy members will receive support through professional learning on effective design and facilitation of professional learning for adults and an apprenticeship with an expert Ambassador coach.

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A Collaborative and Supportive Community

It is the most inspiring and empowering adventure you will have as an educator. You become a better teacher, a stronger leader, and part of an amazing network of teachers who support you throughout the journey.
- Catherina Sammons, Tates Creek High School (Lexington, KY)
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Developing Educator Identities As Leaders

One of the great things we got out of the Academy was how we all feel more confident in supporting other educators.
- Marisa Alvarado, Grossmont High School (El Cajon, CA)
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Diverse Experiences, Backgrounds and Teaching Contexts

The Academy allowed me to learn from educators across the continent who share their best ideas and perspectives. This has helped me to become a more creative educator and more global thinker.
- Karen Avery, Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport, PA)
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Promote and Support Evidence-Based Teaching Practices

During the Academy, you get to dig into amazing resources and develop your skills at using them with your students. These have had a profoundly positive effect on my teaching.
- Amit Morris, Upper Canada College (Toronto, ON)

 

Eligibility Criteria

To apply, you must: 

  • be legally employed full-time in the US or Canada
  • teach high school or introductory undergraduate life/environmental science students as the majority of your job responsibilities
  • have teaching experience of no less than one of the following:
    •   5 years at the high school level and hold a current license to teach  
    •   3 years at the undergraduate level 
    •   5 years at both levels combined
  • intend to continue working in science education 
  • be comfortable teaching and learning in English

Academy Members Will Receive:

  • up to 3 years of professional learning and development
  • full travel and registration support to participate in the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) conference each year of the Academy
  • full travel support to participate in an annual summer meeting hosted by BioInteractive
  • full travel and registration support, plus a $1000 stipend, to present at a national or regional meeting
  • participation in a national professional network of expert life and environmental science educators
  • coaching support from an expert Ambassador throughout the 3 years