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WW Academy: District Partners

Most higher education institutions and teacher preparation programs have working relationships with local K–12 schools. Teacher candidates are placed in these schools, which also hire graduates and offer continuing education opportunities. The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning wants to take those relationships further. “We’re trying to reestablish what it means to be a […]

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WW Academy: Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants

In an effort to engage the larger community at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning and the MIT Teaching Systems Lab (TSL) has awarded a series of Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants (TLIG), ranging from $50,000 to $200,000, for MIT researchers working to advance the quality of teacher […]

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Meet the Fellows: 2017 Newcombe Fellow Samuel Gavin

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. The 2017 class of Fellows includes Samuel Gavin, a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. Here, Mr. Gavin shares the questions […]

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WW President Levine on the Purdue-Kaplan Deal

In April, Purdue University announced its acquisition of Kaplan University, a for-profit university that includes 15 campuses and learning centers, 32,000 students, and some 3,000 employees. Woodrow Wilson Foundation President Arthur Levine applauds this move, praising the potential to expand the reach of higher education in the global, digital age: With the acquisition of Kaplan, […]

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WW Academy: Second Faculty Hire

As orientation for its initial class of Design Fellows—prospective teachers, co-designers, and test pilots—draws closer, the WW Academy has made a second faculty hire. Andrew Wild will begin full-time work with the Academy team in June as a faculty mentor in science. “I’ve been describing it as the dream job that I never dreamed of,” says […]

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Meet the Fellows: 2017 Newcombe Fellow Daniel Cochran

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. The 2017 class of Fellows includes Daniel Cochran, a doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Mr. Cochran’s research stems from […]

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WW Academy: Simulating the Classroom with Mursion

More and more of us these days interact with AI, virtual reality, or some kind of digital simulation for even basic tasks—smartphones, responsive voicemail systems, VR games or stories from our favorite media outlets. But how could one ever use such technologies to practice teaching? “Could you imagine trying to teach Siri complex content?” asks […]

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Video: WW GA Teaching Fellow Leslie Dunham

WW Georgia Teaching Fellow Leslie Dunham loved the research aspect of earning her Ph.D. in neuroscience. But her true passion emerged when she was teaching. Now, after completing her master’s in education at Piedmont College through the WW Teaching Fellowship in 2016, Dr. Dunham is getting to shape her high school student’s view on science. […]

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WW Academy: Measuring Learning

Traditionally, at any level of education—even professional education—students prove they’ve learned the material by completing an assignment, writing a paper, or taking a test. But, when designing a teacher preparation program for today and tomorrow’s demands, are these traditional forms of assessment adequate? “One of the special things about teaching is it’s not just discrete […]

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WW Academy: Challenge-based Learning

You’re a first-year teacher and have just given your first test. During your 20-minute lunch period, while inhaling a sandwich, you start going through the finished tests—only to find that your entire class has failed. Was this a problem with your lessons? Was the test formatted wrong? What do you do when the parents start […]

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