Friday, January 08, 2010

Our participation the new STEM-teacher preparation fellowship program

Tags: deans updates, teacher education initiative

We have been selected as one of six Michigan universities to participate in the W. K. Kellogg and Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship program. This program will provide scholarships to 20 fellows per year for at least two years.  This high-profile program was announced this past Thursday, January 7, 2010, by Governor Jennifer Granholm at a news conference in Lansing. President Mary Sue Coleman and I represented the University of Michigan at the announcement, where each of the university presidents made brief remarks.

President Coleman spoke articulately about the university’s commitment to teacher preparation and the innovative work we are doing at the School of Education, and about the university’s traditions of interdisciplinary work, strong arts and sciences, and exemplary professional education that support our efforts. I am grateful for her support of our work, as well as that of Provost Teresa Sullivan and Dean Terry McDonald, for the time each invested during the site visits that were made while we were being considered for selection. Six universities and five school districts will participate in this program.  This is wonderful for us, as it is consistent with the efforts underway with our Teacher Education Initiative and the resources will help us with our work. 

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