What is the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship?
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. The Fellowship, which was first available in summer 2011, offers recent graduates and career changers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) a stipend of $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program, in exchange for a commitment to teach for three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools.
Who can apply for the Fellowship?
Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or had careers in, STEM fields.
What qualifications are required of applicants?
A qualified applicant should:
• demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals;
• have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency;
• have attained, or expect to attain by June 30, 2013, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university;
• have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in a STEM field; and
• have achieved a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (negotiable for applicants from institutions that do not employ a 4.0 GPA scale).
For more information or to apply online, visit http://www.wwteachingfellowship.org/
What is the full Fellowship package?
The WW Ohio Teaching Fellowship includes:
• a $30,000 stipend;
• admission to a master’s degree program at one of the four participating Ohio universities;
• preparation in a high-need urban or rural secondary school;
• support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment;
• guidance toward teaching certification; and
• lifelong membership in a national Woodrow Wilson network of Fellows and intellectual leaders.
What kind of preparation for teaching do Fellows receive?
The Fellowship offers rigorous disciplinary and pedagogical preparation, extensive clinical experience, and ongoing mentoring. Fellows attend one of four Ohio universities that have committed to redesign their teacher preparation curricula in order to meet these standards. Their preparation takes place in high-need secondary schools within partnering school districts like those where they will eventually teach.
What commitment do Fellows make?
As part of their commitment to ensuring the success of students in high-need Ohio secondary schools, Fellows teach for at least three years in an urban or rural school district. Continuation as a teacher of record is contingent on the Fellow’s completing the master’s degree and obtaining appropriate Ohio teaching licensure.
Why does Ohio need these new teachers?
Because all Ohio students need teachers who can help them get to college, the key to success in the contemporary workforce–and right now too few are making that mark.
• Recent national data show Ohio’s statewide graduation rate at 74 percent. With fewer well-paying jobs that don’t require college degrees, one in four young Ohioans will be ill-equipped to enter the workforce, and not at all able to pursue knowledge-based or technical careers.
• For African Americans across Ohio, the graduation rate is just 47 percent–below the national average of 51 percent.
• For Latinos across Ohio, the graduation rate is 48 percent, compared with 55 percent nationally.
Because the state continues to identify math and science as critical shortage areas for teachers.
• Science and mathematics are on the Ohio Department of Education’s 2009-10 list of critical teacher shortage areas–as they have been for at least six years.
• These shortages can be even more severe in Ohio’s urban and rural communities, which struggle to recruit and retain good teachers in these fields.
Because teacher attrition in Ohio’s urban and rural schools can be high, and a wave of retirements is coming.
• Roughly 46 percent of the state’s teachers are age 50 or older.
• The average retirement age for Ohio teachers is 59.
As veteran STEM teachers leave, well-prepared new teachers will be urgently needed.
Which Ohio universities and school districts are involved?
The universities (alphabetically):
John Carroll University
The Ohio State University
The University of Akron
The University of Cincinnati
The districts (alphabetically):
Akron Public School District
Cincinnati Public School District
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Columbus City School District
Who supports the fellowship?
The Fellowship is administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and is funded with the support of the State of Ohio, George Gund Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, GAR Foundation, The Battelle Fund at the Columbus Foundation, and Battelle Memorial Institute.