Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows

Apply Now: Second Cohort of the Distinguished Fellows

JFF’s Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative will select six leaders who are currently serving as classroom educators or school administrators in the New England area to comprise its next cohort of Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows. Selected Fellows will receive a $10,000 stipend over the course of their tenure, as well as access to an “impact fund” of up to $5,000 per year to support school-related efforts to apply student-centered learning research in practice. Applications are due December 7, 2018.

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Eligibility

If you have expertise in and passion for equity-enhancing, research-based, student-centered learning, we want you! Additionally, successful candidates will be:

  • Located in New England
  • A current classroom-level educator or school-level administrator
  • Experienced practitioners of and advocates for student-centered approaches within their sphere of influence (e.g., classroom, school, district, etc.)
  • Deeply committed to the struggle for equity and have demonstrated experience with and/or understanding of the assets marginalized students possess, along with the barriers they face and the justice-oriented approaches needed to overcome them
  • Passionately curious about the role research can play in identifying, clarifying, developing, and/or refining best practices

Required Materials and Submission

All of the required materials may be uploaded through our online application form. Learn more by downloading the overview and application form.

  • Completed application
  • Current resumé
  • Support and commitment from a direct supervisor, including approval for any missed work time (see suggested template)
  • The name and contact information of two references who have direct knowledge of your capacity as an educator, leader, practitioner/supporter of student-centered learning practices, and/or model for others to emulate.

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Meet the First Cohort of Distinguished Fellows (2016-2018)

Along with four research teams and a group of prominent national advisors, the inaugural cohort of the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows comprised core members of the then-newly formed Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative. Explore the profiles of the first Distinguished Fellows below.

Arthur Eduardo Baraf

Arthur Eduardo Baraf

Arthur Eduardo Baraf has been a high school principal for over ten years—for the past eight years at The Met, an innovative public school in Providence RI, which has been noted by President Obama as a model…

Dana L. Mitra

Dana L. Mitra

Dana L. Mitra is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Dana has published over 30 papers and…

Frank LaBanca

Frank LaBanca

Frank LaBanca is a teacher, educational researcher, and change agent. He is the Founding Principal of Danbury Connecticut’s Westside Middle School Academy Magnet, which opened in September…

Jennifer Fredricks

Jennifer Fredricks

Jennifer Fredricks is the Dean of Academic Departments and Programs and Professor of Psychology at Union College. She has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters on student engagement…

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the Director of CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, part of Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. CIRCLE is a nonpartisan research…

Kim Carter

Kim Carter

Kim Carter is the Executive Director of the Q.E.D. Foundation, an organization of adults and youth working together to create and sustain student-centered learning communities. The 1991 New…

Lori Batista McEwen

Lori Batista McEwen

Lori is currently the Assistant Superintendent of the North Attleborough Public Schools, where she leads the district’s strategic revision of curriculum and instruction. She has extensive and varied experience in education as a leader in…

Mary Bellavance

Mary Bellavance

Mary Bellavance’s career as an educator includes 11 years as a classroom teacher and 15 years in roles such as literacy specialist, literacy coach and instructional coach in southern Maine. Mary is the current…

Michelle L. Puhlick

Michelle L. Puhlick

Michelle L. Puhlick is the Executive Director of Planning & Partnerships for Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut where she leads the development of partnerships and implementation of major…

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About the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship

The Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows are a diverse group of education leaders from around New England, each selected for their vision, contributions, and impact in the student-centered learning movement in the region. The Fellows’ overarching goals are:

  1. to investigate, use, and promote effective renditions of student-centered learning (i.e., personalized, competency-based, student-owned, and anytime-anywhere) in the New England region and beyond; and
  2. to communicate research findings in ways that make them actionable and accessible for policymakers and practitioners to maximize students’ academic achievement, particularly for those students who have been historically underserved.

The Distinguished Fellows work alongside research teams, youth researchers, and other key partners of the Research Collaborative to build the evidence base for student-centered learning and to bridge research, practice, and policy.

Learn more about the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative.

The Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship is generously funded by The Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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