2014-15 marks final year of Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship at EMU

by Nelson Maylone | Published October 21, 2014

2014-15 marks the fourth and final year of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship at Eastern. In the fall of 2015, the seven Fellows who are in the midst of their EMU studies, and their year-long field internships will join the ranks of the other graduates of the program, serving students in high-needs schools for a minimum of three years. Most of the Fellows from the first three cohorts have found employment in Detroit, which was the original intent of the initiative and some Fellows are employed in charter schools within the city. All Fellows bring high-quality math and science teaching to historically underserved youngsters.

While the current group of Fellows is the last at EMU, program director Nelson Maylone and assistant director Michael McVey recognize the need to continue to provide support to the Fellows during their induction years; a time when many new teachers leave the field. With that in mind, all working Fellows will participate in a long-term mentoring program for their (minimum of) three years of service.

The Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship is funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, with five Michigan universities currently participating. If all Fellows from all universities serve in high-needs schools for at least three years, they will touch the lives of nearly 150,000 underserved students.