Ready to transform the lives of thousands of math and science students in California?

Don’t be encumbered by history –
go off and do something wonderful.
— Dr. Robert N. Noyce, Inventor of the Silicon Chip, Co-founder of Intel

Trellis Teacher Scholars are...


Scholars receive six years of financial and professional support as they enter the profession, including five years of mentoring from accomplished math and science teacher mentors.


Scholars earn a single-subject credential, a Master's Degree in a STEM or STEM Education discipline, and ultimately begin National Board Certification as they join the mentoring community of accomplished teachers who supported them.


Scholars leave the program among the most effective and resilient STEM teachers and teacher leaders in California.


Qualities of  Trellis Teacher Scholar: 

Optimistic initiators STEM fanatics Adaptive learners Creative problem-solvers

Passionate change-makers Equity-eyed collaborators


Teacher Scholar applicants must:

  • Be applying or accepted to a partner teacher preparation program for fall 2018

  • Be able and excited to learn to teach in partner, public middle and high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Be ready to commit to working in California public schools for the next six years

  • Believe STEM teaching is a form of social justice

Application Process

Phase 1

All welcome to apply

Due: April 1, 2018

Please upload all Phase 1 materials to a Google Drive folder titled with your full name. Share it with

Tell us about yourself.

If you haven't already, fill out this brief informational survey.

Be prepared. You'll be asked to specify the teacher preparation partner program you are currently enrolled in, applying to, or planning to apply to.

Teach us something.

Make a 2-minutes-or-less "how-to" instructional video teaching us something you're passionate about. Choose something you love and have expertise in, but not something that is typically taught in middle or high school STEM classrooms. 

Why Trellis?

In a 15-30 second audio or video clip, tell us why you want to be a Trellis scholar.

Phase 2

By invitation only 

Due: April 16, 2018

Please share all Phase 2 materials to your Google Drive folder.

Make something better.

We will schedule you a 15-minute virtual meeting with one of our Mentor Fellows. In this meeting you will receive feedback on your how-to video, be able to ask questions, and work together to make it better. Re-work your video and submit a new version that is more effective at helping people learn.

Why STEM Education?

Former first lady Michelle Obama, among others, has called education the most important civil rights issue facing the country today. In any medium, use this data set to support this claim for STEM learning.

Phase 3

By invitation only

April 28, 2018

No deliverables. Come have fun!

Build something together.

Come together with a handful of other finalists in a maker space. In small groups, engage in a design challenge focused on STEM learning and collaboration.


4th Annual Trellis Unconference & TRELLIS TEACHER SCHOLAR WELCOME: May 15, 2018

2018 Trellis Summer Institute: June 18-22, 2018