University of Indianapolis alumni and administrators feature prominently in a new public television documentary about preparing math and science teachers for the 21st-century classroom. Produced and written for WFYI in Indianapolis by Emmy-winning local broadcaster Kim Jacobs, “The Game Changers” follows the first two years of the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program. Aimed at career-changers and recent college graduates, the program annually names a select group of fellows who receive $30,000 stipends to undergo an intensive one-year master’s degree program. They then commit to teaching in high-need urban or rural schools for at least three years. UIndy was among four Indiana universities selected to pilot the program as a national model for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.
The one-hour documentary, now available to other public stations throughout the nation, follows the first cohort of fellows from their 2009 entry into the program through their first year of full-time teaching in 2010–11. The Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program is now accepting applications for its fourth cohort of fellows. More information is available at http://education.uindy.edu/teachingfellowship.