Billion Oyster Project — FAQ
BOP STEM Collaboratory—Teacher Fellowship
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for the Fellowship?
Full-time classroom teachers currently teaching in NYC DoE middle schools (gr. 6-8) are eligible. Full-time or part-time afterschool educators working at DYCD funded programs are also eligible.
How long is the Fellowship?
The fellowship is two years. Year one includes Spring semester (foundations), field training days (hands-on), and Fall semester (implementation). In year two, returning fellows continue implementing BOP curriculum, mentor first year fellows, attend the annual symposium with students, and present a micro-teaching module at one monthly meeting.
What are the main activities of the Fellowship for participating teachers?
Fellows are required to attend monthly scientist workshops at Pace University (evenings, 2nd Tuesday of every month), participate in the annual symposium on Governors Island with students, conduct hands-on fieldwork (four ORS monitoring trips per year) with students, and teach BOP curriculum.
What are school administrators required to do?
Administrators are asked to fully support participating teachers as they implement BOP curriculum in their classes and in the field, including arranging for field trip logistics and transportation. Administrators are also asked to support the evaluation and data collection activities of the NSF funded research project. This includes providing access to student and school level data, as approved by the Department of Education’s Institutional Review Board.
What is the compensation for participating teachers?
With funding from the National Science Foundation, Pace University provides each participating teacher a $3,000 annual stipend for two years and one graduate credit.
What is the compensation for participating schools?
New York Harbor Foundation provides each school or organization with two participating teachers $2000 per year in discretionary funding to cover project related expenses such as substitute coverage and transportation to field sites. Programs with only one participating teacher receive $1000 per year.
Can schools that are not located near the water participate in the project?
Yes, BOP will provide each participating school with a designated waterfront site to install a restoration station and conduct monitoring. BOP tries to provide each school with a site that is convenient and accessible. A map of currently designated sites can be found here: https://goo.gl/mxK0e1.
What is the Oyster Restoration Station?
What are the requirements for Oyster Restoration Station monitoring?
Participating teachers and educators are required to take at least four ORS monitoring trips per year (two in the Fall and two in the Spring or four in the Summer). We encourage teachers to monitor with students more frequently, up to twice per month from April through November. The requirements for ORS monitoring, additional to those of the fellowship, can be found here.
What kind of equipment and resources do teachers and their students with the restoration station?
Each teacher will receive the BOP field science manual and all required equipment and supplies to conduct in-situ restoration research with students. This includes electronic water quality sensor, class set of tablet computers, water quality test kits, sediment sampling tool, plankton sampling tool, restoration station supplies and hardware, live oysters, and other supplies as needed. See supplies list.