NASEF Introduces Scholastic Fellows Program to Support Teachers as They Leverage Middle and High School Esports for Education
North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) chooses 25 top educators to implement and refine program that teaches business and life skills in a national sport environment
Scholastic fellows were chosen through a competitive process that brought in applicants from across North America. They range in backgrounds but share a common vision of leveraging esports to draw real interest from their students. NASEF participants engage in a broad array of esports activities, from tournaments to managing a variety of business aspects of their clubs, gaining meaningful education in STEM and English Language Arts, all the while benefitting from positive social emotional learning and guidance.
NASEF's new fellows program will provide scholastic-based tools, resources and instructional coaching for educators in middle and high schools and community-based organizations. All fellows will benefit from:
· Guidance on connecting play and learning for the best possible student outcomes
· Individual instructional support from a dedicated esports scholastic coach
· Membership in a specialized learning community to collaborate with colleagues on organizing and customizing lessons plans and planning events
· Support in activating and growing NASEF clubs at their organizations
· Opportunities to present insights and experiences to families and educators
· Teacher stipends to compensate for time and energy devoted to learning new systems
"There's nothing better for an educator than to see students following their own personal interests and immersing themselves in the joy of engaging learning. For esports, every club, every class and every team has that opportunity,"
Jodi Mahoney, a technology teacher in Chicago, IL, is one of the new fellows. She said, "Esports is where students want to be, learning from and competing with each other. For my students, I hope to accomplish the opportunity for them to benefit from the coaching, curriculum, instruction, research, and general excitement they would experience as part of the NASEF Scholastic Fellows Program."
Middle school scholastic fellows will implement NASEF's integrated curriculum for grades six to eight in their classrooms or after-school/
High school scholastic fellows will lead their schools' efforts to implement integrated English Language Arts esports lesson plans in classrooms. NASEF's English Language Arts Integrated Courses for grades nine to twelve were designed by a team of professors and researchers from the University of California, Irvine, curriculum development experts from the Orange County Department of Education, and English teachers from several high schools in Orange County, California. The courses are University of California approved for "b" designation, but they are open sourced and modifiable for state-specific standards in other locations. The courses blend content standards and esports through a focus on Game Design, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Event Organizing.