Welcome to #MSUrbanSTEM

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.

Featured #MSUrbanSTEM Sustainability Fellow: Tracy Barrientos

Sustainability Fellow: Tracy Barrientos Bio: Tracy Barrientos currently teaches 7th grade Life Science at Dr. Jorge Prieto Math & Science Academy located in the Belmont-Craigin neighborhood of Chicago. She earned her Master’s in Education from University of Illinois-Chicago in 2001.  She loves...

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Featured #MSUrbanSTEM Sustainability Fellow: Lidia Ortiz

Sustainability Fellow: Lidia Ortiz Bio: Lidia Ortiz is currently the science department chair and teaches AP Biology, Biology, and Chemistry at Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago. Lidia earned her B.S in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her M.Ed in Secondary Education...

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Featured #MSUrbanSTEM Sustainability Fellow: Donna Figenshu

Sustainability Fellow: Donna Figenshu Bio: Donna is a chemistry and physics teacher at Walter Payton College Prep High School.  She is also the coach of both the girls basketball team and the Science Olympiad team at her school.  Donna graduated from York College of Pennsylvania majoring in Secondary...

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Featured #MSUrbanSTEM Sustainability Fellow: Al Lang

Sustainability Fellow: Al Lang Bio: Al Lang is a 7th grade science teacher at Armstrong school, a large elementary school on Chicago’s north side.  This is only the second school he has worked in, and Al enjoys every day there. His goal is to become more prescriptive in his teaching, while raising student engagement...

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Featured #MSUrbanSTEM Sustainability Fellow: Kenn Freeman

Sustainability Fellow: Kenn Freeman Bio: Throughout my career, I’ve operated under the belief that creating sustainable success is best achieved through setting goals, executing action plans, and swiftly correcting problems in order to remain on target. During my 15-year career in the Information Technology field at...

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Announcing the #MSUrbanSTEM Sustainability Fellows

The MSUrbanSTEM fellowship program concluded at the end of the 2016-17 school year. As a final closing activity of the program, we put out a call for participation to all 124 graduates of the program to become a Sustainability Fellow. The MSUrbanSTEM Sustainability Framework is as follows: Resource Provider (Teachers...

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#MSUrbanSTEM IGNITES Reflection and Inspiration

During our last face-to-face meeting, Deep Play Groups met one last time to ignite some reflection and inspiration.  They worked together to create videos using Google Slides and audio files. Each team had only seven themed slides to present their thoughts.  The challenging part was the slides automatically...

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Annmarie Thomas Creates TPACK Inspiration Station

Annmarie Thomas has been working on an app that supports teachers in their discovery of effective technology integration using TPACK.   She has created a “TPACK Inspiration Station” designed to pair a pedagogical strategy with a technology tool in the hopes of inspiring new innovative...

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#MSUrbanSTEM Pride Shines Bright as We Celebrate our 2016/2017 Cohort

Fifty outstanding educators were honored Saturday, May 13th at the Union League Club of Chicago.  We celebrated our third and final WIPRO/MSU Urban STEM fellowship. Program co-directors Punya Mishra and Sonya Gunnings-Moton both beamed with absolute pride as they kicked off the evening with farewell speeches....

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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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