Fellowship brings science and math teachers to state’s neediest schools

Participants in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellows program already are working in area classrooms through the unique initiative to improve the state’s high-need urban and rural secondary schools.

Announced in January 2010 on the heels of a visit to U-M by President Barack Obama, the statewide program to prepare teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math offers fellows $30,000 to complete the degree program. In exchange, the fellows agree to teach in underserved schools for three years.

The first cohort that started last year is working in the Detroit Public Schools, Education Achievement Authority schools, and Detroit area charter schools. The second group of fellows is doing a clinical placement in Detroit School of the Arts or at Ypsilanti High School through the School of Education’s Algebra Project.

In addition to U-M, five other universities are participating: Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and Wayne State University.

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