A fellowship program designed to help middle- and high-school educators become extraordinary classroom teachers will be launched in August by the University of St. Thomas School of Education.

The university is recruiting five to eight secondary-level teachers to participate in the inaugural St. Thomas Teaching Fellowship program. Each participant in the yearlong program receives a $500 stipend, an iPad and three graduate-level academic credits.

The goal is to bring together a group of accomplished educators and help them further develop their teaching, mentoring, critical-thinking and technology skills.

To be considered for the program, applicants must have five years of classroom experience and have shown the kind of dedication and leadership that will help them become extraordinary teachers.

“The program will provide a setting of support and professional development for teachers who are experienced and want to become experts,” said Dr. Bruce Kramer, dean of St. Thomas’ College of Applied Professional Studies. “The ultimate goal is to ensure more learning for students through the development of their teachers.”

For more information contact Dr. Jane Sigford at the School of Education, (763) 242-4880, or the program’s website.

The St. Thomas Teaching Fellowship is made possible through a gift from Nancy and John Tellor. Nancy Tellor is member of the College of Applied Professional Studies Advisory Board.