Call for Applications

SEPT 2018 is scheduled for the week of June 24th:  Sunday, June 24 - Saturday, June 30

In 2018, we will accept up to 50 outstanding educators from secondary schools worldwide who teach science, technology, engineering, and/or math (STEM) subjects. They come to MIT from schools around the world where they are recognized as innovative, creative, and dedicated leaders in their communities. Would you, or a teacher you know, be a good fit for SEPT?  In the past, the teachers who have made the most of their week at MIT are known to:

  • Integrate technology in their classrooms - particularly technology that enables students to create; and,

  • Demonstrate innovation in their teaching practice, and advancement through past professional development or other extracurricular experiences.

This year, we will be running two simultaneous tracks of afternoon programming. We are asking applicants to rank which they are most interested in, but cannot guarantee they will be placed in their first-rated pick.

Track 1: "Broadening Participation in STEM" 

  • This track will support teachers in their acquisition of skills to support women, racial and ethnic minorities and students with disabilities in STEM.
  • Afternoon programming will consist of workshops, reflections and discussions focused on increasing and maintaining participation in STEM for underserved communities.

Track 2: "Bringing Project-Based Learning & Inquiry into STEM Classrooms" 

  • This track will provide small and large moves that teachers can make to help make their class more student-centered by increasing inquiry and giving students voice and choice
  • Afternoon sessions will include introductions and use of existing and in-development tools, simulations, games, technology and curriculum that can be brought into various contents and classrooms.

To apply, download and fill out the 2018 appliction below, and email it to before February 17, 2018. Past applicants who were not selected in previous years are welcome to reapply! Please note that only full-time educators will be considered - accepted applicants should commit to attend all sessions from Sunday, June 24 to Saturday, June 30, staying overnight in dorm rooms.

Application for MIT SEPT 2018: Download Application for MIT SEPT 2018 (Microsoft Word) (A new blank web page will open - check your download folder for the file)

SEPT Class of 2016
This year’s group of teachers came from the US, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa.  With more international teachers involved, SEPT extends the mens et menus tradition beyond MIT and US borders, and the program’s participants gain invaluable perspectives from their peers in other countries.