Fellowship program trains future STEM teachers for high-needs schools

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Fellowship program trains future STEM teachers for high-needs schools
By Corinne Lestch
A teaching fellowship program aimed at preparing future STEM educators is making headway in addressing a shortage of science, technology, engineering and math teachers in high-needs districts. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship prepares and places teachers in high-needs schools across the state. The program, which has prepared about 1,100 teachers so far, is also in Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey and Ohio. Recent findings in Michigan show that the teachers are highly effective in very low-resource schools, and compared to students of non-fellows, students of fellows made more gains in middle school math and science, as well as high school science. The program partners with several universities in the state, including Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University. These institutions provide teaching instruction and mentoring to the fellows in their school sites, and each receives up to about $500,000 from the foundation to craft training programs in STEM education.

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