Preparing teacher leaders to work with pre-K-12 students has been part of the mission of Western Michigan University since 1903. While WMU today is an internationally known research university with 25,000 students, the University has never lost sight of its roots as a teacher training institution.
As a partner university in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowships Program, WMU will offer a strong field-based program that prepares teachers for work in rural and high-need urban secondary school settings. The University partners with:
- Battle Creek Public Schools—located in Calhoun County, Battle Creek Public Schools is an urban school district serving major portions of the City of Battle Creek, the City of Springfield as well as portions of Emmett, Pennfield and Bedford Townships. The district includes one high school, two middle schools and nine elementary schools, including a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics school.
- Benton Harbor Area Schools—located in the southwest corner of Michigan near the Indiana border, BHAS has approximately 3,800 students in more than 13 schools.
- Comstock Public Schools—located in the eastern portion of Kalamazoo County in Comstock Township, Comstock Public Schools is comprised of Green Meadow Elementary (K-3), North Elementary (K-3), East Elementary (4-5), Northeast Middle School (6-8) and Comstock High School.
- Kalamazoo Public Schools—home of the celebrated Kalamazoo Promise, which offers free college tuition to district graduates, the Kalamazoo Public Schools serve some 11,600 students in 25 schools.
- Other schools currently being identified.
What selected fellows will receive
- A $30,000 stipend.
- Admission to a master’s degree program.
- Preparation for teaching in a high-need urban secondary school.
- Support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment.
- Guidance toward teaching certification.
- Lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows who are intellectual leaders.
The program at WMU will lead to initial certification in mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics, with certification earned in the first year of the fellowship program, which will ultimately lead to a master's degree.
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