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The MSU-WIPRO STEM & Leadership Teaching Fellowship program is the culmination of the partnership between global IT giant Wipro, Chicago Public Schools, and Michigan State University's College of Education. Fellows participate in an innovative year-long integrated learning experience to build STEM teachers' capacity and empower them to lead and inspire transformative, innovative practices in urban K-12 schools.

A Very Special Thanks to our Incredible Instructional Team

#MSUrbanSTEM hosted it’s last face-to-face meeting on Saturday, May 13th. It has been an amazing year. We have so much to celebrate! Our fellows would like to offer a few final thoughts of gratitude to our exceptional instructional team-Kyle, Akesha, Missy, Candace, Rohit, and Punya. Here’s to...

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Kimlona Brown Honored With She Rocks It Award

We are so proud of Kimlona Brown!  She was recently honored with the She Rocks It Award for her excellence and dedication in educating the next generation of learners. Brown was nominated by a former colleague who admired her work and activities being shared on social media.  “I would have never received this...

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Hallie Askuvich is Going to Iceland!

#MSUrbanSTEM is so excited for Hallie Askuvich!  Thanks to Fund for Teachers (FFT) and the Chicago Foundation for Education, she will be traveling to Iceland August 15th-25th. Askuvich applied for the travel grant, which allowed her to design her own learning adventure.  Throughout the phases of her ImagineIT...

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Michael Kolody’s Makey-Makey Mania

Michael Kolody’s ImagineIT project is really MAKING a powerful impact on learning. He and his students have turned a few Makey-Makey kits into some very clever classroom projects. Creativity is booming!  Kolody received 15 Makey-Makey kits thanks to a Donors Choose grant.  The first few activities allowed the...

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Alexa Freshour Presents at NSTA

Alexa Freshour is back from California! She was a presenter at this year’s National Science Teachers Association Conference (NSTA) held in Los Angeles. Freshour admits she was extremely nervous to present, but describes the overall experience as amazing! Freshour presented a Model Based Inquiry (MBI) unit...

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Meet the Featured Fellow…Joselyn Galvez

This week’s Featured Fellow is Joselyn Galvez. Image not loading? Click here.

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Meet the Featured Fellow…Elena Concepcion

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Kasia Derza Honored as Apple’s Distinguished Educator Award

We are once again so proud of one our 2016/2016 #MSUrbanSTEM fellows! Mariano Azuela Elementary School STEM teacher, Mrs. Kasia Derza,  was recently recognized as a 2017 Apple Distinguished Educator.  The program (ADE)  is designed to recognize educators who are using Apple technologies to revolutionize classroom...

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Meet the Featured Fellow…Gerard Kovach

Meet Gerard Kovach, this week’s #MSUrbanSTEM Featured Fellow! Image not loading? Click here.

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Michael Kosko is Launching Something New!

Something incredible is about to launch!  Michael Kosko has been working on a side project titled One STEM Chicago.  The project is thoughtfully designed with a series of common activities aimed to connect educators all across Chicago Public Schools.  The first annual One STEM Chicago will blast off (literally) on...

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Members from Cohort Two and Three Team up for a Special Field Trip

Hallie Askuvich teamed up with Anna McGowan from Cohort 2 and took a group of 5th-7th grade students on a special field trip.  They went to see the movie Hidden Figures.  How cool is that? Following the movie, students were challenged to create timelines showcasing the history of NASA.   These timelines also...

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