2009-News Archive


East Central University Wins $900K Grant to Help Train New Math Teachers

East Central University was the first university in Oklahoma to receive a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant. The five-year, $900,000 grant will fund 24 scholars who are committed to teaching high school mathematics for six hears in a high-need school district in Oklahoma.

Classroom Observations, Mentoring, and Co-Teaching Among Strategies to Train New Teachers

5 August 2009

Steve RobinsonSteve Robinson has been a biologist, a university professor, and a high school science teacher. And now he’s helping to shape education policy as a special adviser to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, Arne Duncan. During a AAAS-organized conference for science and mathematics educators, Robinson emphasized the importance of teachers receiving feedback early in their careers.

“As much as possible, you want to ask to be observed and take the time to observe others,” Robinson said.

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Michigan Tech Receives Stimulus Money for Teacher Education Program

5 June 2009

Article in Tech Today, the Michigan Technological University Faculty/Staff Newsletter.
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Scholarship Program Helps STEM Students and Professionals Become K-12 Teachers

4 February 2009

noyceteam2The new presidential administration has identified improved teacher quality in science and mathematics as critical for education, and educators are responding to that challenge. A workshop organized and hosted by AAAS and run by National Science Foundation (NSF) program directors instructed nearly 50 participants on how to tap funds in a federal scholarship program intended to encourage undergraduates studying science and math to consider careers in teaching in grade schools.

“The goal is to get larger numbers of teachers in STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] that are high-quality,” said Shirley Malcom, head of Education and Human Resources at AAAS. Malcom participated in discussions with members of President Barack Obama’s transition team and says that they “made it clear that the administration feels that high-quality science and mathematic teachers are critical for education.”

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