STEM Master Teacher Program

sponsored by Dow Chemical

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and the Dow Chemical Company invite teachers to apply to its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Master Teacher Program. At NMAAHC, STEM Master Teachers act as leaders in the development of STEM content, activities, and workshops for K-12 teachers and students. The STEM Master Teacher Program promotes the museum’s education initiative through the improvement of teaching and learning about African Americans, their STEM contributions to American history and culture, and the STEM principles on which their contributions are based. Two unique opportunities in the STEM Master Teacher Program allow three experienced STEM educators to work with the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) educators for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Master Teachers will be integral members of the NMAAHC Education team as they assist in providing professional development workshops and virtual content to K-12 STEM teachers across the nation. The NMAAHC Master Teachers will develop professional connections with NMAAHC and other Smithsonian Institution staff, participate in Smithsonian specific trainings and activities, and gain access to local STEM professionals and organizations.

The Fellowship provides an opportunity for a K-12 STEM teacher to work with the National Museum of African American History and Culture staff offsite throughout the school year, and on-site during the selected teacher’s spring break, and during a two-month period over the summer in Washington, DC. Travel and lodging will be covered, and a monthly housing stipend will be provided for the time spent in Washington, DC.

The application period for the Teacher Fellowship Program is open until Monday December 2, 2019 at 5:00pm.

The selected teacher will

  • Conduct research using the vast Smithsonian collections to expand understanding of the role African Americans have played in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and invention throughout history
  • Develop experiential professional development opportunities targeted to DOW educator communities and educators across the U.S.
  • Plan and provide a week-long professional development workshop targeting Dow educator communities as well as teachers throughout the U.S.
  • Assist in the creation of a video conference series offered to K-12 educators everywhere
  • Add NMAAHC STEM content to the Smithsonian Learning Lab website
  • Provide educational guidance and assistance for additional programs and materials as needed

The fellow will contribute by highlighting new, lesser known, and some well-known information about the roles that African Americans have played in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and invention throughout American history. The novel narratives will lead to a cache of new activities and resources used to enhance K-12 teaching and to spark the curiosity in students. Ultimately, the STEM Master Teacher Fellow will be an ambassador for NMAAHC as we become a teacher-trusted resource for authentic STEM education materials told through the African American lens.


  • Currently teaching in grades K-12 in any of the 50 states and U.S. territories
  • Have at least 5 years of experience teaching science, technology, engineering or math related subjects at the K-12 level
  • Have two forms of documented support from a school administrator and a district official. School district officials do NOT include department chairs, assistant principals, associate principals, or vice-principals
  • ​The ability to live and work in the Washington, DC metro area for one week during spring break and for two months during the summer 

Competitive candidates will possess

  • An excellent grasp of the Next Generation Science Standards (or local equivalent) and Common Core Standards and how they are applied within a classroom
  • Leadership experience in creating, designing, and delivering professional development activities to other teachers
  • Experience and enthusiasm for conducting research and disseminating findings
  • A collaborative work style; able to work on a team in an office environment
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills 


  • Teachers may apply beginning August 6, 2019 through December 2, 2019, with fellow selection occurring by mid-January 2020. 
  • The Fellowship begins in February 2020 and ends no later than August 7, 2020. 
  • The teacher must sign a Letter of Agreement with the Smithsonian Institution/NMAAHC prior to starting work activities. 


  • The selected teacher will participate in this program through a contract with the school, district, or institution. 
  • The teacher’s school, district, or institution continues to pay the teacher’s salary and benefits. 
  • The museum covers travel to and from Washington, DC. 
  • The museum offers the teacher a housing stipend during the spring break and summer visits. 

Deadline Extended: The application for the Teacher Fellowship Program closes on Monday December 2, 2019 at 5:00pm.

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