Teacher prep program gets major Lilly Endowment boost


Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a grant of nearly $5 million to continue the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowships, in which the University of Indianapolis is one of four participants. Conceived by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and launched in 2007 with $10 million from the endowment, the fellowships draw working professionals and recent graduates into an intensive master’s degree program that prepares them for careers teaching math and science in high-need secondary schools. The first two rounds of fellowships produced 104 new teachers now working in schools throughout Indiana. A third cohort of 54 fellows is progressing through its initial year of coursework and hands-on classroom experience and will begin teaching full-time this fall. The endowment’s new funding will carry the program through two more rounds of fellowships.

Documentary explores UIndy teaching fellowship

UIndy alumni and personnel feature prominently in a public television documentary, “The Game Changers.” The show was produced and written for Indianapolis’s WFYI by Emmy-winning local broadcaster Kim Jacobs and follows the first cohort of fellows from their entry into the program through their first year of full-time teaching in 2010–11.