Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Address

P.O. Box 5281
Princeton, NJ 08543-5281
County: Mercer
http://www.woodrow.org

Contact

Dr. Arthur E. Levine

Grant Amount

$309,500

Program Area

Education

Focus

Grant Details

For continued support of the New Jersey Teacher Fellowship Program.

Organization Background

Since 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has been preparing the nation's best minds for its most essential professions. Through a suite of fellowship programs, the Foundation opens doors to education, particularly for women and underrepresented groups. Each year the Foundation awards fellowships to more than 250 graduate students. Recognizing the critical need for children, particularly those in low-income districts, to have access to well-prepared teachers, the Foundation launched its Teaching Fellowship in 2007. The program, now operating in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, recruits very able candidates to teaching careers in high-need subjects and places them in the schools that most need them. Fellows enroll in a master's program in teacher education at a participating university and commit to teach for a minimum of three years. Participating universities agree to make major changes in their teacher education programs based on Woodrow Wilson standards. The Foundation has been scaling the Fellowship up state by state.

Arthur Levine, the principal investigator on this project, is president of the Foundation. He previously served as president of Teachers College, Columbia University, and before that, as chair of the higher education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Much of Levine's recent research has focused on increased educational opportunity and strengthening schools of education. Between 2002 and 2007, he conducted a comprehensive study of America's education schools, resulting in three reports documenting both their weaknesses and their strengths in the education of teachers, school leaders, and researchers and making recommendations for improvement.

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