Kennesaw, Ga. (March 3, 2014) — At a press conference at the state capitol today,
(Mar 3, 2014) —
Kennesaw, Ga. (March 3, 2014) — At a press conference at the state capitol today, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the Bagwell
College of Education has been selected as one of five Georgia institutions for the
Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship, a growing national initiative that seeks
to increase the supply of outstanding teachers in the science, technology, engineering
and math (STEM) fields and to change how they are prepared to teach.
Georgia is the first state in the South to join the fellowship foundation.
“STEM education plays a critical role in our state’s competitiveness and future economic
prosperity,” Deal said. “The most important thing we can do for our students in this
field is ensure they have effective teachers. The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships
will encourage more partnerships between institutes of higher education and our K-12
schools to improve educational opportunities for students in this critical area.”
Kennesaw State, along with Columbus State University, Georgia State University, Mercer
University and Piedmont College, each will receive $400,000 matching grants to develop
their teacher preparation programs based on standards set by the Woodrow Wilson National
Fellowship Foundation. The institutions will develop a model master’s-level teacher
preparation program, offering fellows a rigorous yearlong experience in local classrooms.
“KSU is ideally suited for this collaboration as illustrated through our strong track
record in increasing the quantity and quality of math and science teachers, as well
as engaging in teacher education reform efforts that have resulted in the creation
of models of exemplary practice,” said Kennesaw State University President Daniel
S. Papp. “Annually, we are a leading producer of teachers for Georgia and a leading
producer of science and mathematics teachers.”
The fellowships are similar to a physician’s hospital-based training in conjunction
with a medical school. Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows receive $30,000 stipends to
use during the 15-month, 36-credit hour master’s program, followed by three years
of teaching and mentoring. Preparation extends into the first three years of teaching
in urban or rural schools, incorporating induction and mentoring programs that feature
ongoing school-university cooperation. Two cohorts of 15 fellows will be funded.
“The Woodrow Wilson STEM Teaching Fellowship Program is a superb opportunity to ensure
that there are well prepared mathematics and science teachers facilitating the learning
of Georgia’s youth,” said Dean Arlinda Eaton.
The Woodrow Wilson Foundation will create and administer the program, with in-state
coordination by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and support from
the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. The university partners have 19 months to tailor
programs that meet the fellowship’s standards for intensive clinical work and rigorous
related coursework. The first fellows will be selected in spring 2015, start their
academic programs in fall 2015, and be ready to teach in fall 2016.
“Study after study shows that teachers are the single most important in-school factor
in improving student achievement,” said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson
National Fellowship Foundation. “Yet urban and rural schools consistently struggle
to attract and retain strong math and science teachers – nationally, 30 to 40 percent
of all teachers leave the profession during their first three years in the classrooms,
and more in high-need districts. So there’s a genuine need for these new teachers,
and for innovative preparation that will help keep them in the classroom.”
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90
graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and
nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University
System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with
a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.