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Nearly $5M grant will help WMU, school districts create new pipeline to fill teacher shortage

A $4.9 million U.S. Department of Education grant will spearhead the Urban Teacher Residency Program at WMU. The product of nearly two years of planning, this program will pay for candidates within the districts—like paraprofessionals, bus drivers, food service staff and custodians—to earn their teacher certification while they work, mitigating some of the barriers that impede qualified candidates from pursuing a career.

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How can we improve STEM learning outcomes? WMU professor wins $1.3M NSF award to find out

Research is underway at Western Michigan University that could impact science, technology, engineering and mathematics—STEM—teaching and improve learning outcomes in multiple states. The National Science Foundation awarded Dr. Jessaca Spybrook, professor of evaluation, measurement and research, a $1,328,108 grant for her project entitled “Improving Evaluations of STEM Programs: An Empirical Investigation of Key Design Parameters.”

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WMU Urban Teacher Residency Program

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Dr. Regena Fails Nelson, chair of the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies; a $4.9 million grant for her project entitled the Western Michigan University Urban Teacher Residency Program.

Three Family and Consumer Science faculty receive the climate change teaching fellow mini grants

Dr. Caroline Webber, associate professor and director of the WMU Dietetic Internship Program, Kim Buchholz, interior design instructor, and Dustin Altschul, part-time interior design instructor, from the Department of Family and Consumer Science in the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University, have been awarded $500 Climate Change Teaching Fellow Mini Grants.

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ELRT alumna chosen for Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship

Dr. DeAnna Burt (‘09, PhD Education Leadership, Research and Technology), vice president of student and academic affairs at South Central College in Mankato, Minnesota, has been chosen as one of forty 2020-21 Aspen Rising Presidents Fellows.

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Recognizing Bronco Heroes

Our Bronco Nation is full of heroes within their communities and always has been. We would like to take a moment to recognize their impact – how they keep us safe, healthy and growing.