The Peabody Fellows programs are the Museum’s flagship series of in-depth professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers. The very first Peabody Fellows program was launched in 1997 as a science literacy initiative for elementary school teachers, students and their families. Since then it has expanded to serve middle and high school teachers as well, and to address a wide range of science and social studies topics closely aligned with Connecticut State Standards.
Peabody Fellows programs are built around three primary goals:
Teachers begin their experience as a Fellow by taking part in a 3- or 5-day summer institute that includes curriculum writing or refinement, hearing about current research from experts in the field, and learning how to teach with real museum objects and specimens. Fellows agree to teach the curriculum unit in their classroom and administer short assessments before and after. In addition to the free summer institute and curriculum, most Peabody Fellows programs also offer a stipend, CEUs, a free class visit to the Museum, a one-year family membership, and other benefits.
“I can’t wait to teach my students and other teachers what I have learned!”
“The lessons were highly engaging and real world learning for my students. It was truly a wonderful experience for me and for the classes.”
“It was amazing being in the field with experts. It will really help build my content knowledge.”
“The institute and curriculum address so much of what and how I need to teach science.”
“Learning from primary sources and sharing ideas with other teachers has been invaluable.”
“This has been such a wonderful experience for me and my students!”
Peabody Fellows programs have been generously supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Yale's Council on East Asian Studies, and The Bay and Paul Foundations.