Teacher in Residence

Holden Forests & Gardens’ Teacher in Residence Program offers full-time teachers a unique opportunity for personal enrichment and professional growth.

This summer program enables teachers to expand their knowledge and teaching skills by pursuing creative teaching ideas and innovative techniques while working in a supportive atmosphere away from the demands of the traditional classroom.

The Teacher in Residence (TIR) will spend the equivalent of fifteen days during the summer developing lessons on climate change including adaptation and mitigation for Holden Forests & Gardens. The programs need to meet the mission of HF&G and align with the state science standards. The TIR will produce lesson activities and background information, utilizing the expertise of the Holden Arboretum education and research staff.

The resulting program and the skills gained in program development can be applied back at school, shared with fellow teachers, and employed to strengthen the curriculum. A stipend of $2400 ($20 an hour for 120 hours) is awarded for this work. The participating teacher can bring their classroom for a visit during the school year free of charge. One graduate credit hour of independent study is also available if your school district approves. HF&G will cover the cost of the credit hour. This opportunity is jointly supported by Holden and an NSF grant (#2300058 to Na Wei, Ph.D.; https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2300058 )


Candidates for the Teacher in Residence must:

  • Be a current teacher in any grade 9-12
  • Be a team player who can also work independently
  • Have a demonstrated interest in hands-on science
  • Develop and share innovative approaches and techniques for teaching climate change
  • Commit the equivalent of fifteen days, most occurring at The Holden Arboretum during June and July to develop the proposed lessons

To Apply

Submit a resume and a sample of a curriculum you’ve developed by January 31, 2024 to Rebecca Thompson, Education Manager, at [email protected]
Questions? Contact Rebecca Thompson at 440.602.3852.

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