Focused on you as a learner
Your previous experience and your grasp of what you learn, as a prospective teacher, will determine the speed of your coursework and the sequence of what you are studying. To progress through the WW Academy, you will demonstrate that you have mastered all the elements a beginning teacher must know and be able to do to succeed in the classroom. And because you will learn through the WW Academy’s personalized learning approach, you will also be better equipped to lead classrooms that emphasize personalized learning—you’ll have first-hand experience with this emerging approach to learning.
Your STEM content knowledge is what will make you an excellent teacher
The WW Academy only focuses on the preparation of STEM teachers. We recognize the importance of STEM subjects and of putting the best STEM minds in charge of K–12 STEM classrooms. We require all of our students to bring specific STEM knowledge and experience. From similar work at 28 universities in five states, we know there is a huge difference, for instance, between those who know science like chemistry and biology at the university level versus those who just know science education. We believe every great teacher needs to be a content expert.
You’ll work with the best of the best in education, teacher prep, STEM, tech
We are partnering with only the best. We were incubated by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, which represents Nobel Laureates and international prize winners, and which has led transformations of STEM teacher preparation on dozens of university campuses across the country. The program was built in collaboration with MIT, and we are working with MIT researchers and learning scientists to provide you the very best when it comes to technology, gaming, and other components often attributed to the cognitive sciences. We are providing every prospective teacher with a rigorous assisted reality environment so they can practice their teaching through Mursion simulations, as an aspiring pilot would work in a flight simulator. At the WW Academy, you work with the best of the best.
You’ll have the strongest STEM clinical experience available in field
Our program is clinically based, meaning you will work, practice, and demonstrate your abilities in real learning environments— K–12 classrooms, as well as the out-of-school settings where students increasingly spend learning time— from the start of your program. Teaching is one of the most challenging professions, and the clinical experience needs to be robust and cutting-edge, not a “check the box” on the way to licensure. As a teacher, you will be devoting many hours to a K–12 classroom. We believe you should be prepared in one as well, so every lesson is relevant to what you will experience as a classroom teacher. This way, there are no surprises when you are a teacher of record in your own classroom; you will be able to succeed from day one. We’ve designed the relationship with your mentors to continue formally for two years after you graduate for additional support.
Our success is based on your success as a classroom teacher
We are focused on your success, and we measure ourselves by it. Ultimately, the WW Academy doesn’t pat itself on the back because its incoming students have great GPAs or high SAT scores (though they all do). We will know we are successful when you remain a teacher of record for years or decades to come after graduation. And we will know we are successful when your students are able outperform their peers in other classrooms because you can customize your expertise for all learners. You will evaluate your students based on the outcomes, and not the inputs. We use the same formula to determine our success.
You realize the teachers of tomorrow need to be prepared differently from the teachers of yesterday
We aren’t tinkering with teacher preparation, we’ve reimagined it. This program is not for everyone. Some students feel far more comfortable enrolling in a one- or two-year master’s degree program, taking 36 credit hours of work to earn an advanced degree, and doing a basic, traditional kind of student teaching to fulfill the required number of hours. There is nothing wrong with that, but our master’s degree is not designed like that, and the WW Academy isn’t for those students. We’ve built a time-independent program that adapts to your needs and level of mastery. We’ve built a program for students who learn in a different way and want to teach in a different way. Our program is for those who want to design a learning experience that will reach all students, not just follow a lesson plan prescribed to them.
We want rockstar educators… like you!
Ultimately, the WW Academy is preparing teachers who will be the true education leaders of the future. Our graduates will be rockstar educators. They will be successful teachers in today’s schools, but will also be the innovators and builders who will create the schools of the future. They will be able to apply everything they have learned and experienced— both as student and teacher— and use it to construct learning opportunities that ensure every student has access to and success in the very best of STEM education in the future.