Grant: $900,000 - National Science Foundation - May. 22, 2009
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Award Description: The Syracuse University Noyce Scholars Program for Science and Mathematics Teachers (SUNoyce) is a multi-faceted collaborative project involving the Syracuse University School of Education, College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School and partners including the Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), the Syracuse City School District, the Upstate High-Needs Rural Schools Consortium, Onondaga Community College, Monroe Community College and a network of informal STEM education centers from across central New York hosting summer internships for undergraduates with the goal of increasing the number of highly-qualified science and mathematics teachers teaching in high-need school districts, including several rural districts. The SU-Noyce project is preparing 36 additional highly-qualified mathematics and science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science) teachers over a five-year period, resulting in a 41% increase over the current capacity. The project supports two-year scholarships for undergraduate junior and senior STEM majors in a four-year teacher education program, three-year scholarships for STEM majors enrolled in a five-year BA/MS degree program leading to teacher certification, and one-year stipends for STEM professionals and recent STEM graduates pursuing teacher certification through a master's degree in mathematics or science education. SU-Noyce Scholars participate in a robust and sustained mentoring and professional development program during their first three years of teaching in a high-needs school district to reduce the rate of attrition during the challenging induction period and encourage these scholars to remain in high-needs schools beyond the period of their service obligation. Research associated with the project is providing evidence of (a) the effectiveness of the use of the Central Tasks of Learning to Teach (Feiman-Nemser, 2001) framework with candidates at all stages of the professional learning continuum of preparing, inducting and supporting teachers, and (b) the supports that are most helpful to teachers as they transition from novices to competent professionals.
Project Description: The Syracuse University Noyce Scholars Program for Science and Mathematics Teachers (SU-Noyce) is a multi-faceted project involving Syracuse University and the Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) consortium, partnering with area high-needs schools districts and a network of informal STEM education centers from across central New York with the goal of increasing the number of highly-qualified science and mathematics teachers teaching in our nation?s neediest schools. The specific goals of the project include: 1) Offering substantial scholarships to prepare 36 additional highly-qualified secondary mathematics and science teachers (years 2-5 of the project), a full 41% increase over the current capacity; 2) Creating a multi-media recruitment and advertising campaign to attract a diverse and academically gifted pool of applicants for the SU-Noyce Scholars Program (years 1-5); 3) Offering 24 paid summer internships (6 per year during years 2-5 of the project) for talented STEM undergraduates to participate in service learning programs working with students from high-needs schools; 4) Facilitating the supported transfer of diverse STEM majors from our community college partners into SU?s teacher education programs; 5) Providing a robust and sustained mentoring and professional development program for the SU-Noyce Scholars during their first three years of teaching in a high-needs school; and 5) Conducting a rigorous external project evaluation to measure the overall effective of the SU Noyce Scholars program on an annual basis. Our activities during year 1 of the project are focused primarily on developing the multi-media advertising materials and application procedures necessary to recruit the first cohort of SU Noyce Scholars and interns who will be begin June 2010. During the first three months, we have begun building a project website, designing print and electronic advertisements, and generating the SU Noyce application materials.
Jobs Summary: Not applicable at this time. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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