Eric.ed.gov – The Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship: A Five-Year Statewide Investment to Improve Teacher Preparation

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Both Ohio’s state leadership and its foundation community recognized that, to move forward in a global economy, Ohio would need a highly trained workforce that would attract high tech companies to the state. Though STEM shortages have been a pervasive problem for decades, with the election of a new Governor in 2008, there was call to action from state higher education executive officers to address the STEM shortage areas as well as the growing achievement gap. In the years leading up to 2010, the state had significant teacher shortages in ten subject areas, with the greatest need in mathematics, sciences, and special education. These shortages, already severe, were projected to worsen as the state looked to adopt new rules for additional math and science courses required for graduation. There were also indicators that the state would adopt the common core standards, which required additional high level math and science preparation for all high school students taught by highly qualified and “effective” teachers. This program was seen by public and private entities as a way to address teacher shortages, increase the level of teacher performance in STEM subject areas, and help to close a widening achievement gap. Supported by more than $16 million in funding from the State of Ohio and private foundations, the program selected as partners seven Ohio universities: John Carroll University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, the University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Dayton, and the University of Toledo. From 2011 to 2016, the WW Ohio Teaching Fellowship worked with these partner institutions to redesign their teacher education programs and recruit highly qualified candidates to careers in teaching. In collaboration with these seven Ohio partner institutions, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship (WWTF) has recruited and prepared four cohorts of highly qualified STEM teachers for the most challenging and hard-to-fill positions in Ohio’s high-need urban and rural school districts. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has had significant influence in improving and supporting STEM teacher training in Ohio, and the WWTF model has been incorporated into the partner institutions’ permanent course and degree offerings. This report describes how the fellowship works and how the university partners were selected. It also gives a description of the different partner programs.

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