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Video: Design Fellow Xavier Tirado

As part of creating a new personalized, mastery-based graduate program for STEM teachers at the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, a group of emerging education leaders—the WW Academy Design Fellows—are spending this year refining and testing the curriculum. These ten collaborative, creative, entrepreneurial STEM professionals and graduates, relying on a design-thinking approach, have been working with the challenge-based curriculum, as well as spending time in local schools and other learning environments.

In this video series, the Design Fellows will introduce themselves and explain why they took the opportunity to be a part of building the WW Academy. DF Xavier Tirado explains how his desire to teach grew out of his and his family’s narratives.

The WW Academy, in collaboration with MIT, is reinventing teacher education through a cutting-edge master’s degree program. Future WW Academy candidates will work through a curriculum based on the real-world experiences and challenges teachers face. Engaging with online and in-person curriculum sets, known as challenges, WW Academy students will learn the skills needed of a 21st-century teacher, while proving what they know and what they can do. Each candidate’s path through the curriculum is individualized, and the speed of completion is set by the candidate’s learning and mastery, not a semester schedule or static syllabus. Through a combination of early placement with experienced teachers in Boston-area schools and time to practice in a simulation lab, teacher candidates get real and rigorous practice before they graduate from the program.

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