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The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A۰P۰L۰U)—the nation’s public research universities—launched an initiative, known as the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative (SMTI), to transform middle and high school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education by preparing a new generation of world-class science and mathematics teachers.
The SMTI initiative has grown to include 132 public research universities—including 13 university systems--across 45 states. Collectively, SMTI members prepare more than 8,000 science and mathematics teachers annually—making it the largest STEM new teacher initiative in the country.
Google is searching for talented (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering or Math teachers to join a 2-year post-graduate program in South Carolina designed to grow leaders in computer science education. The Google Computer Science Teaching Fellow Practicum brings together new and recent graduates passionate about the future of computer science education for an immersive two-year program. Fellows will be working with thought leaders in education to learn the newest techniques and programs for computer science pedagogy, implement programs with area schools and students, and create their own innovative approaches to student learning.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the program that begins in June 2013. For more information, see www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/students/sga/undergrad/fulltime/uscanada/computer-science-teaching-fellows-practicum-new-grad-2013-berkeley-county.html.
On Tuesday, April 9, the final Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a new set of voluntary, rigorous, and internationally benchmarked standards for K-12 science education, were released.
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded a grant to the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership) to support the completion of their planning process, including a second annual conference. As described in the annual update, the Partnership’s working groups will play a key role in this process -- including definition of specific problems facing secondary mathematics teacher preparation, identification of measures by which to chart progress, and exploration of possible interventions that may address those problems. A series of white papers have been commissioned to summarize the findings of the working groups which will be the focus for discussion at the MTE-Partnership invitational conference.
For more information, contact the Partnership’s Co-Director, Gary Martin.
A۰P۰L۰U has established the Most Visible Progress (MVP) National Degree Completion Awards to recognize a member university that has made significant progress in successfully retaining and graduating students. The awards are to assist in Project Degree Completion, the commitment statement signed by almost 500 public universities and colleges to achieve certain degree numbers by 2025. The awards will provide program models and strategies that will be disseminated through an interactive web database and a printed publication. There will be two MVP Degree Completion Awards: MVP Trailblazer Award and MVP Opportunity Award.
The deadline to apply for the award is May 15, 2013. Please click here for the full announcement that includes the award eligibility, criteria and submission guidelines. Contact John Lee (email@example.com) for more information.
The National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI) received a $22.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The grant will enable UTeach to expand the UTeach Secondary STEM Teacher Preparation Program Model to ten more universities. The UTeach Institute is currently accepting proposals from research universities interested in implementing the UTeach model. The RFP details the process, including a June 3, 2013, deadline for the letter of intent. Resources are available online and questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMTI consultants Charles R. Coble and Jennifer B. Presley presented their findings from the Quality Teacher Preparation Initiative on Friday, March 1, 2013, at the AACTE Annual Meeting in Orlando. Cynthia Bauerle, senior program officer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and David Monk, dean of education, Penn State University, participated in the Quality Initiative and joined Coble and Presley on the panel to present findings found in their two reports: Ten Key Questions University Leaders Should Ask about Quality Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation: Implementation Strategies from the Analytic Framework and Seeking Consensus on the Essential Attributes of Quality Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation Programs.
Over the past six months, the MTE-Partnership has developed a working draft of Guiding Principles for Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation Programs, which describes a shared vision to be explored and refined by the MTE-Partnership and others involved in preparing secondary mathematics teachers.
As a part of the process, four key challenge areas were identified, including:
To begin to address this challenge, the MTE-Partnership has formed Working Groups which will collaboratively begin to define the problems and their causes, as well as possible solutions. The Partnership is also considering how they might employ the Networked Improvement Community design developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
In the August 20th issue of Science in the Education Forum, APLU's effort to stimulate institutional change to strengthen science and mathematics teacher preparation is featured. Read full article...
SMTI Executive Committee Chair Lee T. Todd, Jr., President of the University of Kentucky, discusses why producing more high quality science and math teachers is not just important for middle and high schools, but is an essential component to ensuring a robust economy.
President Obama greets University System of Maryland Chancellor William Kirwan, (center), University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little (right), and University of Colorado at Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano (left). MEDIA CREDIT: AP/WIDE WORLD PHOTOS
WASHINGTON, DC (January 6, 2010)–Public research university leaders representing some 120 universities today pledged to address the national shortage of science and mathematics teachers through the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative (SMTI), sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), in a letter presented to President Barack Obama
In the letter, signed by leaders from 79 public research universities or university systems, the university presidents and chancellors “pledged to substantially increase the number and diversity of high-quality science and mathematics teachers we prepare, and to build better partnerships among universities, community colleges, school systems, state governments, business and other stakeholders.” READ FULL STORY _____________________________________
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