Saturday, October 3, 2015

Teaching Opportunities for Spelman Seniors

Dear Senior Spelmanites,

I have received increasing inquiry about the opportunities for advanced educational degree after graduation. Here are some opportunities you might want to consider:

1. Woodruff Wilson Teaching Fellowship:
    Some of you could be the perfect fit for the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, a pioneering program that prepares outstanding teachers for the schools that need them most.
    The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, now offered in Georgia, Indiana and New Jersey, recruits current seniors, recent grads, and alumni with backgrounds in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to teach in high-need secondary schools. Fellows receive a generous stipend ($30,000-32,000) to complete a master's degree program that includes a full school year of experience in local high-need classrooms. In turn, you commit to teach for three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools. You also get mentoring and support from both your universities and your schools throughout their three-year commitment.

    I will encourage you to apply early—it’s a very competitive process. The 2015 Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program offers three application deadlines: October 16, 2015 (Round 1); November 30, 2015 (Round 2); and January 31, 2016 (Round 3). They also offer webinars throughout the year for those interested in learning more about the program. You can learn more at
2. Project Inspire (
    The benefits:
    1. Earn a Master's in Curriculum & Instruction plus a teaching license in 15 months.
    2. A highly competitive living stipend during the residency year ($22,100); for four years, earn $10,000 teaching stipend ON TOP OF your salary while fulfilling program commitment.
    3. Receive four years of coaching support and professional development.

    Candidacy Process:  Apply online and submit required materials. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis monthly. Review dates for 2015-2016 are: October 2, November 1, November 30, December 15 (winter selection) and February 1, March 1 (spring selection)

3. UC Irvine-Summer Education Research Internship-HBCU (Deadline October 25th, 2015)
1. 8 weeks educational research opportunity in UC, Irvine (Stipend $4000 with room and board)
2. Applicants must:
  • be full-time students in their senior year at Spellman College or Jackson State University
  • be interested in pursuing a graduate degree in an area related to education research
  • have an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher

3. Application
To apply, please follow the instructions below. All materials (except for the application form under #1, which you will submit online) must be submitted by October 25th to the following email address:
    1. Complete and submit the application for summer 2016 form here
    2. Submit a curriculum vitae or resume
    3. Submit unofficial transcripts
    4. Ask a  faculty member at your institution to submit a letter of recommendation for you. Please have the faculty fill in this formand email the letter to Dr. Rossella Santagata
    5. Submit recommendation waiver (use this form
    6. Submit a personal statement explaining why you are interested in the SERI program. The statement should not exceed two typed, double-spaced pages, 12 pt. font and should include the following: educational goals, research interests, prior research experience (if applicable), and future professional and personal objectives. Also, please indicate if you have any particular experiences that qualify you to work with specific faculty mentors and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation, potential, and aptitude for graduate studies.Up to five student interns will be selected to participate in the program. Finalists and wait-listed students will be notified by November 15, 2015.

Again, feel free to email me if you need further advise: or schedule an appointment with me. I will be happy to assist you in the application process.

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