Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT), a global information technology, consulting and business process services company along with  partner universities, University of Massachusetts Boston, and the University of North Texas at Dallas recently announced the induction of 20 school teachers into the Wipro Science Education Fellowship (SEF) program in the United States. This is the fifth cohort of teachers who are being inducted into the program.

The Wipro Science Education Fellowship is a two-year science teacher-leadership program which aims to address the needs of improving STEM teaching and learning. The aim of the program is to support teachers to become local leaders and to serve the needs and vision of the school district in which they teach in grades K-12.

The UNT Dallas Wipro SEF program participants include:

  • Monica Denise Buckner, Cedar Hill ISD
  • Jenny Morales, Cedar Hill ISD
  • Fojulia O’Neal, DeSoto ISD
  • Romney Sandifer, DeSoto ISD
  • Erick Berdugo, Grand Prairie ISD
  • Tamara Butler, Grand Prairie ISD
  • Cynthia Capocci Bauter, Grand Prairie ISD
  • Lisa Marie Godina, Grand Prairie ISD
  • Lindsay Reeve, Grand Prairie ISD
  • Valerie Thomas, Grand Prairie ISD
  • Raino Zahur Bhatti, Irving ISD
  • Angela Force, Irving ISD
  • Kelly Hancock, Irving ISD
  • James Mining, Irving ISD
  • Courtney Silverberg, Irving ISD
  • Maria Louisa Soto, Irving ISD
  • Melissa Whiteley, Irving ISD
  • Raechelle Jones, Lancaster ISD
  • Miesha Y. Medford, Lancaster ISD
  • La’Tanya Spraglin, Lancaster ISD

The program began in 2012 when Wipro Ltd. committed $5.1 million over seven-years, to train three (3) cohorts of 180 school teachers (in total), fostering leadership and teaching excellence in science education. The program is administered through UMass Boston's Center of Science and Mathematics in Context (COSMIC). In partnership with COSMIC, the Wipro SEF program is also being implemented by UMass Boston in Boston, Mercy College in New York and Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Using a model of teacher support and development to increase the capacity of teacher-leadership, the program entails a comprehensive set of activities designed to:

  • Create and support a corps of teacher - leaders
  • Institute a culture of active and reflective instruction
  • Improve teacher quality through vertical articulation of curriculum and professional development in order to increase student achievement

During their fellowship, teachers receive a stipend over two years that require a total of 250 hours of work. As part of the curriculum, 125 hours will be spent in collaborative sessions as cohorts of fellows and the remaining 125 hours will involve guided and mentored learning. In the fall of the first year, the teachers work in four K-12 teams (biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science) on the vertical articulation of curriculum. In the spring of the first year, the teachers work in horizontal groups (elementary group, middle school group and high school group.)

For more information on the Wipro SEF Fellowship program, email Ratna.Narayan@untdallas.edu.