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The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics – the STEM fields – are at the core of America's ability to compete in an increasingly global economy and meet some of our country’s most urgent needs –
– in our hospitals and labs, factories and homes.
Our curiosity, ingenuity and drive brought our nation to prominence.
But we are falling behind. The statistics tell the story.
Once leaders in education, American students now rank 25th in math and 21st in science among their peers worldwide. More than two-thirds of US middle school students are taught by math teachers who have neither a degree nor certificate in this critical subject. Too often, in schools without sufficient resources, a teacher who minored in, say, chemistry, not only teaches chemistry - but also fulfills the role of a biology and physics teacher.
American students’ interest in science and technology is eroding, and fewer than ever are graduating from college with math and science degrees. If this pattern continues, our educational system will fail to meet our economy’s workforce demands by the end of this decade.
We have an opportunity to change all that — an opportunity, really, to save lives.
Study after study proves that a good teacher impacts a student’s achievement more than anything else. Quality teaching outweighs students' social and economic background, class size and curriculum as the single most important factor influencing academic outcomes – including whether or not they graduate.
The Woodrow Wilson Foundation, believes that today’s students deserve the best teachers. Our students can only have world-class skills and world-class opportunities if we develop and support world-class teachers. That’s why we recruit the best and brightest as Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows — and that’s why we prepare these exceptional teachers to work in high needs, low-performing schools with an expectation that they will make a difference.
What if a pharmaceutical researcher taught chemistry to inner-city youth? What if rural middle school students learned about weather patterns from an aerospace engineer? That is the kind of engaging and extraordinary classroom experience we're after.
Each Woodrow Wilson teaching fellow receives $30,000 to pursue a master’s degree in teacher preparation with partnering universities. In turn, Fellows agree to teach at high-need urban and rural schools for three years. With continued guidance from mentor teachers, universities and the foundation, new teachers go into the classroom well-prepared, and with ongoing support.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has offered highly competitive fellowships for more than 60 years. Its 20,000 Fellows have won 13 Nobel Prizes, 34 MacArthur “genius grants,” and numerous other major awards.
Now, what if we put our teachers in the same company as Nobel laureates? What if we gave brilliant scientists and mathematicians the support and recognition to succeed in classrooms — by helping their students succeed? Through the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation is helping restore the prestige to teaching — and to the students these Fellows will teach. Students who will cure diseases, win awards, advance communication, design new transportation, and keep America at the cutting edge of innovation.
Innovation starts in the classroom. To ensure we remain a visionary leader tomorrow, we must increase our investment in education today. Be the addition that solves the equation. Become a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow.
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