Finally, in terms of individual NIH funding, opportunities for career development fellowships with a teaching-based component are rare but they do happen - my only advice is to read the program announcements carefully at NIH Grants . One such was the K07 Academic Career Award , which required a commitment from awardees to develop skills in teaching, curriculum development and leadership as well as pursuing research. In general though, these types of awards are not that common, and generally designed for advanced level or specialist postdoctoral training.
A former mechanical engineer, Shira joined DC Teaching Fellows in 2004. Today, she teaches geometry and calculus and chairs the math department at McKinley Technology High School, which has become one of the district's top-performing schools. As a 2011 DCPS Teacher of the Year, 2011 Milken Educator Award winner, and namesake of TNTP’s Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, Shira regularly shares her experiences with policymakers, but there is still nothing she’d rather do than challenge “fun and fascinating teenagers” to grasp difficult math concepts.