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The Woodrow Wilson Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color

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The final cohort of WW-RBF Fellows was announced in March 2013.

Mission

TOMORROW’S STUDENTS URGENTLY NEED TEACHERS OF COLOR

  • Just over half of the nation’s students (50.2 percent) are now students of color, but the latest data show that just one of every six teachers (17 percent) is a teacher of color.
  • In urban and rural schools nationwide, as many of half of all African-American, Latino, and Native American students do not graduate high school in four years.
  • As many as a third of students in the nation’s high-need schools have at least one or more teachers without even a minor in the subject she or he teaches.
  • Study after study shows that the single most effective way a school can improve students’ academic achievement is to consistently provide well-prepared, committed teachers.
  • Research also shows, overwhelmingly, that students of color perform better – academically, personally, and socially-when taught by teachers from their own ethnic groups.

The goal of the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color is to help recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as K-12 public school teachers in the United States. Current trends indicate that by the year 2020, the percentage of teachers of color will fall to an all-time low of five percent of the total teacher force, while the percentage of students of color in the K-12 system will likely near 50%. This Fellowship offers an important opportunity to ensure that greater numbers of highly qualified teachers of color enter public school classrooms around the country.

About the Program

Without enough good teachers, urban and rural young people are systematically denied their futures at a time when the jobs capable of supporting a family require a minimum of a high school diploma and the highest skill and knowledge levels in history. The Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color seeks to help recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as public school teachers in the United States.

Funded through a $5 million grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Fellowship offers support for Fellows to complete master’s degree programs in education and become excellent educators who ensure student success in high-need schools.
The Award

The Fellowship includes:

  • a $30,000 stipend to apply toward the cost of a master’s degree at a participating graduate program
  • preparation in a high-need public school
  • support 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 Commitment
As part of their commitment to ensuring the success of students in high-need schools, Fellows teach for at least three years in an urban or rural school district. Continuation as a teacher of record is contingent on the Fellow’s completion of the master’s degree and obtaining appropriate teaching licensure.

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The final cohort of WW-RBF Fellows was selected in March 2013. Please email the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships staff if you have further questions.

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