UNT president Bob Mong professer Ratna Narayan Wipro science education Fellowship conference

The University of North Texas at Dallas continued to emerge as a leader in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by playing host to two significant events -- the Wipro Science Education Fellowship Conference in May attended by representatives from six universities from coast to coast, followed by the Wipro Science Education Fellowship Program Induction Celebration on June 8.

UNT Dallas is just one seven universities involved in the Wipro program. More than 100 people attended the conference in which Fellows from Montclair State, University of Massachusetts Boston and Mercy College presented their work upon completing the two-year program. Representatives from Wipro, the University of South Florida, University of Missouri and the Stanford Graduate School of Education also attended the day-long event held inside Founder's Hall. Wipro expanded their program to those three schools in April, while having expanded to UNT Dallas in 2017.

It marked the first time UNT Dallas held the Wipro conference. UNT Dallas President Bob Mong kicked off the event with a welcoming speech. Fellows from UNT Dallas Cohort 1 presented their horizontal collaborative coaching and learning in science projects, marking the completion of Year 1 of the program.

"We had just started the program, three universities already completed it and three more are going to start, and this provided a place where personnel from all seven universities could meet and observe and learn about the program and what it entails," said Dr. Ratna Narayan, a UNT Dallas associate professor of Science Education in the School of Education. "The schools that are starting were able to see what we are doing so they can implement something like it. Last year, we went to New York to learn what they had done at Mercy College. This is not like any other master's program."

The Wipro Science Education Fellowship Program is two-year program for experienced teachers which uses a model of teacher support and development to increase the quality of teaching and leadership in science. It has partnered with UNT Dallas’ School of Education to design transformative and innovative instructional experiences for the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s K-12 schools located in mostly lower income neighborhoods in five school districts: Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Grand Prairie, Irving and Lancaster.

The program is expected to involve more than 70 school teachers, with the aim of nurturing excellence in science.

Last month, 18 K-12 area science teachers were inducted as 2018 Wipro Science Education Fellows during a ceremony held inside Founder's Hall.The ceremony was attended by family members of the fellows as well as school and district personnel. President Mong delivered the welcome address. Each fellow was introduced to the audience by their District Science Coordinator, and each inductee received a magnetic Wipro Science Education Fellow badge with their name and flowers.

The program is expected to involve more than 70 school teachers, with the aim of nurturing excellence in science.

The 18 area teachers inducted last month included: Raisha Allen, LaQuasha Williams and Billy Johnson of DeSoto ISD; Richard Anderson and Matthew Gaines of Cedar Hill ISD; Rocio Avila, Ana Belmonte, Tracey Craft, Julia Glowacki, Melanie Meeks, Juan Morel, Tabitha Moreno and Sarah Stricklin of Irving ISD; Candace Edmerson, Mary King and Mary Davis of Grand Prairie ISD; and Myesia Morrison and Brittney Preston of Lancaster ISD.

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