New Program To Improve Science & Technology Teaching

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. June 10, 2014

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Jarred Phillips explains why he's participating in the program
Jarred Phillips explains why he's participating in the program (photo by Phil Gregory)

At a Statehouse ceremony, Governor Christie announced the first 50 participants in the Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellows program.

Christie says the recent college grads and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math will be trained so they can generate the greatest possible learning outcomes for the children in their classrooms.

“By preparing these fellows to be top quality educators we’ll be helping more than 15,000 students to contribute and thrive in a knowledge-based digital economy and the workforce that follows.”

In exchange for a 30-thousand-dollar fellowship to complete a specially-designed masters program, the participants have agreed to teach for three years in New Jersey schools that are most in need of science and math expertise.

21-year-old Easthampton resident Jarred Phillips recently graduated from Yale with a degree in molecular biology. He says a sense of social justice inspired him to get into the program.

“I love science and I feel passionately about equality of opportunity. So I really felt the need to teach and work with people who may be disadvantaged just from birth to help give them that change that the rest of us might get.”

The program is supported by several foundations that provided more than $11 million so five participating colleges in the state could reshape their teacher training to accommodate the fellows.


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