Who We Are


The Sci Ed Innovators Fellowship was founded by the Jhumki Basu Foundation in 2010. The Jhumki Basu Foundation supports innovative and sustainable programs that seek to achieve equity in science education, the vision of the late Professor Jhumki Basu who was a member of NYU Steinhardt's science education faculty.

Since its inception, the Sci Ed Innovators has provided rigorous, year-long professional development and networking for over 100 STEM teachers in New York City public schools. Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, Sci Ed Innovators will host the first Boston cohort!


Exceptional STEM educators who view teaching in underserved communities as a rewarding and sustainable career are key levers for the development of expertise in students that is critical for them to become responsible citizens.


Our mission is to guarantee that every student receives an excellent science education by providing fruitful opportunities for dedicated and talented STEM teachers to reflect, have meaningful discussions, engage in active learning, and learn new teaching practices. We influence, develop, and support shifts in teacher knowledge, skills, and classroom practices through a sustained and cohesive professional development program that uses design-thinking, a democratic science teaching framework, and individualized coaching, making learning a shared and transformational experience for both the teachers we work with and the students they impact.