New Class of Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows Announced for IUPUI

Release Date: 
May 6 2010

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has named its second cohort of 20 Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows who will attend IUPUI in 2010.

A total of 80 Fellows, including those who will attend Ball State University, Purdue University, and the University of Indianapolis, will enter innovative teacher preparation programs and then teach in the state’s high-need urban and rural schools.

The new Fellows, who begin their master’s work this summer, will be ready to enter their own
classrooms in fall 2011.

“The IUPUI program is unique in that Woodrow Wilson Fellows select one of three degree programs: the MS Education, MS in Mathematics, or MS in Engineering Technology Education,” said Kathy Marrs, Director of the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program at IUPUI. “In addition, 10 of our fellows have chosen to combine their certification in a STEM discipline with certification in Special Education through additional US Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership funding, further preparing our fellows for teaching students with exceptional learning needs.”

Each Fellow receives a $30,000 stipend to complete a special intensive master’s program at one of the four partner universities. Fellows then make a commitment to teach for at least three years in a high-need urban or rural school in the state of Indiana that has committed, along with the partner university, to provide ongoing professional support and opportunities for continued study.

Among this year’s Fellows, 96 percent majored in a STEM discipline. Roughly one-third of them had an undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.5 or better, and nearly a quarter (24 percent) have advanced degrees. Nearly half (45 percent) are changing careers after having been out of college for five years or more; another 36 percent are recent graduates who have rethought their career paths and turned to teaching.

“Indiana’s students are not learning nearly enough math and science to succeed in this world,” said Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. “They need to be taught by people with true mastery of the subject matter, and in the Woodrow Wilson Fellows our kids will have America’s most knowledgeable math and science teachers sped to the classrooms that need them most.”

The program is intended to help overhaul teacher education and encourage exceptionally able teacher candidates to seek long-term careers teaching science, technology, and math (the STEM fields) in high-need classrooms.

The program received some 7,000 inquiries and ultimately attracted 505 applicants from around Indiana, as well as former Hoosiers and residents of neighboring states.