Although the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation became a national philanthropy in 1972 and has operated on a national scale since then, it also has continued funding a limited number of local institutions and projects in the New Brunswick area and throughout New Jersey. It does so in part to honor the legacy of its founder, and in part to recognize the special responsibilities to the communities and the state in which it is located.The grant supports the planning and initial two years of operating the Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowship, a program of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (foundation). The New Jersey program will support graduates in the STEM fields (science, technology and math) to prepare them to teach science and math in the state. In partnership with several local funders over the next three years, the foundation will: (1) support a one-year graduate program to produce high-quality STEM teachers who excel at preparing students in urban and low-performing school districts, have the knowledge and preparation to increase student graduation rates, and, through their own example, help students lead productive, healthy and fulfilling lives; (2) develop joint master-degree programs in education, the arts and science to transform the way in which four New Jersey universities prepare teachers; (3) ensure that teachers meet New Jersey's revised high school science and math requirements and use the latest research and best practices in problem-based and experiential learning; (4) spread the use of these teaching best practices; and (5) track students' health and academic outcomes. The foundation will base the New Jersey program on similar programs it operates in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
Amount Awarded $750,000.00
Awarded on: 6/14/2012
Time frame: 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2015
Grant Number: 70142