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Piedmont College Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship

Woodrow Wilson

In 2014, Piedmont College was selected by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in Princeton, N.J. as one of five Georgia colleges to participate in a program designed to help attract the nation’s very best science, technology, engineering and math candidates to the teaching profession.

As part of this grant-funded work, Piedmont faculty designed a unique, inquiry-driven, 36-hour Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program lauded by The Foundation and recognized by partner school districts as highly effective in preparing STEM teachers for today’s schools and students. Implemented across three consecutive cohorts from 2015-2018, the Piedmont College Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship Program prepared 36 Fellows for work in Georgia’s high needs secondary schools.  
 
The program includes an Induction Mentoring component delivered across Fellows’ first three years as certified educators. Each Fellow is paired with both a school-based and Piedmont College faculty mentor who collaborate to support Fellows’ early career growth. Fellows and mentors also attend regular targeted professional development sessions designed by Piedmont faculty across the year. 
 
In an effort to sustain the impact of what we have learned through development and implementation of this unique program model, the Piedmont College School of Education:
 
  1. has formally established the Innovation and Discovery Center (formerly the STEM Discovery Center) as a continuous use space which serves to support both pre-service and in-service teachers in STEM and other related fields, provides a year-round opportunity for regional youth to explore STEM fields, and is a resource for Piedmont faculty toward development of high impact teaching and learning practices;
  2. now offers a 4-course STEM Education Endorsement to certified P-12 educators and current education graduate students;
  3. is committed to edTPA training and preparation – an integrated component of the Piedmont Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and now part of all initial certification programs in the School of Education;
  4. adopted the Intern Keys, an evaluation instrument based on the Teacher Assessment on Performance Standards (TAPS) and used to assess the performance of teacher candidates and their readiness to teach in Georgia schools, for all initial certification programs;
  5. supports and incorporates the Co-teaching Model for educator Internships; and
  6. continues to be impacted by many facets of the Fellowship model as they inform program improvement.

Not currently accepting applicants. 
For information about details of this program and its impact, please contact Lynn Rambo, Ed.D. at lrambo@piedmont.edu