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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.
In an effort to redesign and strengthen secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust today announced a $1.05 million award to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership). The grant will be used to enhance the preparation of secondary mathematics teachers to meet the instructional shifts called for by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. To read more click here.
APLU is convening a small group of STEM Education Center Directors on September 15-16 to examine the need and value of a network of centers that focus on undergraduate education. The workshop will present preliminary findings of a survey of 70+ centers. We invite you to check out these centers as they are updated here. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is funding this convening.
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
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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