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Albert Einstein Fellowship: Where Classroom Practice Informs Policy.

Apply to spend a year in our nation's capital as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, an opportunity for elementary and secondary science and math teachers, enacted by Congress and funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science, with participation from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Minimum qualifications include: five years of classroom experience, currently teaching full time, US citizenship, and a letter of support from a current administrator. Selection is based on excellence in K12 mathematics or science teaching, demonstrated leadership, knowledge of national, state and local education policies, and communication and interpersonal skills. The application process opens on December 15, 1999 and closes on February 25, 2000. A description of this program and an online application can be found at the following web site: http://www.orau.gov/einstein. Additional information about the program can be found at http://www.triangle-coalition.org/ein.htm

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2000 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowships
Administered by the U.S. Department of Energy

Albert Einstein Fellowship: Where Classroom Practice Informs Policy. Apply to spend a year in our nation's capital as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, an opportunity for elementary and secondary science and math teachers, enacted by Congress and funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science, with participation from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Act was signed into law in November 1994. The law gives the Department of Energy responsibility for administering the program of distinguished educator fellowships for elementary and secondary school mathematics and science teachers. Selected teachers spend up to one year in a Congressional Office, the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Education (ED), or the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The Fellows provide their educational expertise, years of experience and personal insights to these offices. Some of the outstanding contributions of Einstein Fellows have included: * Drafting legislation and influencing policy that seek to improve K16 education in the United States; * Initiating collaborations and establishing partnerships between federal agencies; * Designing and implementing national science, math, and technology education programs; * Creating Webbased science education programs; and * Establishing and evaluating national and regional programs centered on school reform and teacher preparation in science, mathematics and technology. The Department of Energy Office of Science has authorized the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education to assist in the administration of the Einstein Fellowship program. The Triangle Coalition in coordination with the Office of Science handles the recruitment of teachers, the application process, the selection process, and the placement and orientation of the Fellows. The Triangle Coalition will regularly monitor and evaluate the quality of experiences the Fellows are receiving in their respective positions. Information about the current Fellows, their duties and day-to-day activities can be found at the Triangle Coalition web site: <http://www.triangle-coalition.org/ein.htm>. COMPENSATION: * Fellows receive a compensation of $4,500 a month. * In addition, moving expenses to and from Washington, D.C. are available. * Travel and lodging allowance is provided to each Fellow for attending professional meetings during the term of the fellowship. ELIGIBILITY: Each applicant must meet the following criteria: * Be a U.S. citizen at the time of selection; * Have a minimum of five years fulltime classroom teaching experience; * Be teaching full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school; * Have a current teaching assignment with at least 3/4 of classroom contact hours in science, mathematics, and/or technology (applies to secondary school teachers only); and * Provide a recommendation from a current school administrator and two additional recommendations. SELECTION CRITERIA: Fellowship selections are based on evidence of: * Excellence in teaching science, mathematics or technology; * An experimental and innovative attitude in their approach to teaching; * Sustained professional growth in science or mathematics and in the art of teaching; * Professional involvement and leadership; * Interpersonal and communication skills needed to serve in a public policy environment; and * Knowledge of national, state and local policies which affect education. DURATION OF FELLOWSHIP: Einstein Fellows usually serve from eight to twelve months in professional staff positions in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives, DOE, NASA, NSF, NIH, ED, or OSTP. APPLICATIONS: Applications for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator must be submitted online through the Department of Energy's Webpage dedicated to the Fellows program. The application process opens on December 15, 1999 and closes February 25, 2000. Fellowships will begin in August or September of 2000. Access the electronic application Web site at: <http://www.orau.gov/einstein/>. If you have any questions or need additional information regarding this application or the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, contact Peter Faletra at (202) 586-6549 or via Email to peter.faletra@science.doe.gov or Cindy Musick at (202) 586-0987 or via Email to cindy.musick@science.doe.gov.