APLU launched the Science and Mathematics Teaching Imperative (SMTI) in 2008 to increase the number of high-quality science and mathematics teachers, prepare excellent teachers through partnerships with K-12 schools, and improve undergraduate STEM teaching and learning by galvanizing university leadership and collaborating with other professional and educational organizations.
Today, more than 215 universities and 13 systems participate in SMTI initiatives and projects focused on increasing the quantity, quality, and diversity of science and mathematics teachers in response to the need to improve national science and mathematics education. APLU provides strategic direction as it works with partner institutions to conduct research, develop tools, strengthen networks, and identify models that address this important challenge.
SMTI’s work currently centers on the following initiatives and projects:
Lee T. Todd, Jr., former chair of the SMTI Executive Committee and former president of the University of Kentucky, discusses why producing more high-quality science and mathematics teachers is not just important for middle and high schools but is an essential component to ensure a robust economy.
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