Each year, Pilot Light welcomes existing Pre-K-12 teacher leaders to join The Food Education Fellowship. Fellows develop expertise with integrating food education into everyday learning for their students.
Here’s how Pilot Light invests in our Fellows.
As a Fellow, you will:
- Receive 40 hours of professional development and 1:1 coaching to support the use of our innovative framework in your classroom. Our professional development features leaders and experts in fields related to food education, such as health, agriculture, school food, food equity, and advocacy.
- Earn professional development hours required for certification (Illinois teachers only).
- Receive a $2,000 stipend for your time and $250 for classroom materials.
- Collaborate regularly with a partner in the food space through support provided by the Pilot Light team. These often include national and community partners or chefs.
- Become part of a growing network of 50+ food education leaders.
Since 2019, teachers have raved about the structure and content of Pilot Light’s Food Education Fellowship.
What does Pilot Light look like in the classroom?
Third Grade Science Lesson – Pollination
When Pilot Light fellow Iván Sarabia made fruit salad with honey dressing with young students, he created an unforgettable science lesson on the importance of pollinators to our food supply chain.
Creating new lessons
Teachers use Pilot Light to create high-impact, engaging lessons that use food to teach everyday subjects like reading and math. A 2021-22 Fellow used the I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada for both English Language Arts and math. Students discussed culture and family before applying math skills to make waffles in class.
Leveraging our Lesson Library
Pilot Light’s Food Education Center is our digital library. Materials are available for free to anyone who needs them. Teachers in our Fellowship are encouraged to use these lessons in their classroom or for inspiration as they create their own lessons.
Professional Development Speakers
The Fellowship experience is further enhanced through partnerships and the expert speakers who join our professional development sessions.
Pilot Light is proud to invite a variety of speakers to share their knowledge and expertise with fellows each month. These are a few we had the privilege to welcome recently:
- Geeta Maker-Clark, MD, Integrative Family Medicine Director, Integrative Nutrition and Advocacy at NorthShore University Health System; Director, Food is Power program – Montessori School of Englewood; Co-Director, Culinary Medicine Curriculum Clinical Assistant Professor, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago
- Ed McDonald, MD, Associate Director of Adult Nutrition at the University of Chicago
- Sebastian White, The Evolved Network
Many fellows work alongside community and national partners. Through these partnerships, teachers create an even deeper impact through food for their students, their schools, and their communities. Examples of partnerships, which often endure even after the Fellowship has concluded, are:
- Star Farm Chicago and Green City Market
- Baltimore City Public Schools, Great Kids Farm
- Wellness with Bella
- The Roof Crop