The Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship at Eastern: It IS Rocket Science!

Submitted by Nelson Maylone | Published May 22, 2013

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields into teaching in high-need Michigan high schools.

The program at Eastern is now entering its third year and below are the latest updates:

  • Members of the 2011 cohort are now teaching secondary students in Detroit, Warren, and Oak Park. Teacher education doctoral students (and former teachers) Johnnetta Ricks and John Lupinacci are providing long-term mentoring to those teaching Fellows.
  • The 2012 Fellows are student teaching in Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and will remain there until the DPS students are done with school in mid-June.
  • The selection of the third and final cohort of Fellows is complete. They begin with a three-day program orientation on EMU's campus and also in Detroit May 20 through May 22, 2013.
  • All Woodrow Wilson Fellows take a specialized version of the College of Education's masters in the art of secondary teaching degree. However, the program will undergo a shift from serving Woodrow Wilson Fellows to serving the general population, so the degree program will be re-visited by Dean Joseph and a committee of COE and College of Arts and Sciences professors and administrators. The committee's work should result in a state-of-the-art masters program that will continue to attract individuals to a teaching degree.

Nelson Maylone, professor in the department of teacher education, is the Woodrow Wilson program director. Linda Lewis-White, also a professor in the department, is the M.A.T. program coordinator and Beth Kubitskey, associate professor in the department of physics and astronomy, is the program liaison in the College of Arts and Science.