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Ohio State University and three other Ohio colleges are part of an expansion of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship.
OSU will prepare math and science teachers to work in local low-income schools, according to Encarnacion Pyle’s article in the Columbus Dispatch.
Columbus schools Supeintendent Gene Harris says
What’s unique about this program is that it is focused on the urban schools, which will give us an opportunity to make sure our high-poverty students, those with limited English skills and the like get an equal footing in science and math [with] other students.
Launched in 2007 in Indiana, The Woodrow Wilson Fellowship is intended to develop a model for states to revamp their teacher training programs, as well as to address a shortage of teachers who have a depth of knowledge in math, science and technology.
In addition to the four universities in Ohio (OSU, and John Carroll in Cleveland, Akron and Cincinnati), four universities in Michigan will participate.
Announcing the expansion of the program, President Obama said in a written statement, “America’s leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today, especially in science, math and engineering.”
The president says he expects the new partnership to help move American students from the middle of the pack to the top in science and math achievement over the next decade.
The fellowships are funded with support from both private and state sources. They provide $30,000 stipends to prospective teachers who agree to a year of intensive training.
In return, recipients promise to teach in their local school systems for three years.
The colleges also receive monies to use for rethinking their approach to teacher preparation.
The Ohio colleges hope to train 80 math and science teachers in the first year. Overall, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio will share nearly $40 million in public and private money, and prepare more than 700 teachers.
The Ohio program will be paid through six foundations and the state’s “Choose Ohio First” scholarship program, which is aimed at recruiting more students in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEM).
Arthur Levine, the president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, says the foundation is focused on acute shortages among these types of teachers, as well as the high attrition rate since the end of WW II.
The Woodrow Wilson STEM Teaching Fellowship works at the state level because, state by staate, small numbers of teachers make big differences.
sole source: Encarnacion Pyle’s article in the Columbus Dispatch on 3/2/10. http://www.dispatch.com
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