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First cohort of Woodrow Wilson Fellows nearing graduation

Submitted by Nelson Maylone | Published June 4, 2012

Fellows Amanda Burgess (left) and Julia Sluchak-Calren (right) with their Detroit classroom mentor Kavita Sadwal at the Detroit International Academy for Young Women.

Fellows Amanda Burgess (left) and Julia Sluchak-Calren (right) with their Detroit classroom mentor Kavita Sadwal at the Detroit International Academy for Young Women.

It has been an exciting and challenging year for both the Fellows and for EMU and Detroit Public School personnel involved in the W. K. Kellogg/Woodrow Wilson Foundation Michigan Teaching Fellowship program. EMU's first cohort of Fellows is nearing graduation; soon, they will begin their teaching careers in Detroit or other high-needs Michigan school districts. A special feature of the program is that all EMU Woodrow Wilson Fellows will receive three years of strong mentoring support once they enter the profession.

The second group of Eastern Fellows has arrived, and underwent three days of program orientation in late May. This included a day-long "D-Tour" of Detroit schools, community centers, and cultural points of interest. The new Fellows have also begun their Summer semester EMU coursework, and will soon begin their "enhanced clinical rounds" to various DPS and non-Detroit schools.