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Science Leadership Initiative

Eligibility and Applications

We are not currently taking applications at this time

The Science Leadership School Partners Program is open to Chicago-area elementary and middle schools (grades K-8) that will:

  • Nominate a demonstrated Teacher Leader in science who will facilitate and manage this program and the school site using the School Support Tool.
  • Prioritize the time requirements for this program in the school's yearlong planning calendar.
  • Partner with MSI and utilize the School Support Tool to lead science education initiatives at the whole-school level.

New School Partners: Year 1 requirements for acceptance

  • Both administrator and Teacher Leader read and agree on requirements, supports and benefits of the program.
  • Administrator nominates a Teacher Leader.
  • Administrator fills out application.
  • Teacher Leader fills out application.
  • Administrator and teacher leader participate in a 10-minute phone interview with MSI staff, scheduled by MSI after all application documents are submitted.

Returning School Partners: Year 2 requirements for acceptance

  • Both administrator and Teacher Leader agree to reapply to continue on to the next year of the partnership.
  • Administrator fills out application.
  • Teacher Leader fills out application.
  • Administrator and Teacher Leader prioritize Year 2 time requirements.

Returning School Partners: Year 3 requirements for acceptance

  • Both administrator and Teacher Leader agree to reapply for the final year of the partnership.
  • Administrator fills out application.
  • Teacher Leader fills out application.
  • Administrator and Teacher Leader prioritize Year 3 time requirements.

The Science Leadership Initiative is made possible in part by The Davee Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Polk Bros. Foundation.