- Year 2023
- NSF Noyce Award # 2243319
- First Name Susan
- Last Name Ferguson
- Discipline Mathematics
Joe Gaston, Kelly Byrd, Katie McCorrison, Christopher Parrish, Madhuri Mulekar, Andre Green, Tres Stefurak, Shenghua Wu
Susan Ferguson, Joe Gaston, Kelly Byrd, Katie McCorrison, Andre Green
It is projected that through coursework, a Summer STEM and Diversity Institute, seminars, immersive field trips, and workshops focused in culturally relevant pedagogy and diversity education, and through real life personal connections with middle and high school students, PTM 2 scholars will graduate with the tools and dispositions to meet the academic, social, and psychological needs of students in the population they will serve. This Track 1: Scholarships and Stipends project is supported through the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program (Noyce). The Noyce program supports talented STEM undergraduate majors and professionals to become effective K-12 STEM teachers and experienced, exemplary K-12 teachers to become STEM master teachers in high-need school districts. It also supports research on the effectiveness and retention of K-12 STEM teachers in high-need school districts.
A critical characteristic of intellectual merit for PTM 2 will be its capacity to produce mathematics teachers who stay in the profession while evaluating effects of an integrated STEM approach to teaching mathematics starting in the middle grades.
The Pathway to Mathematics II (PTM 2) project intends to help schools fill gaps in student mathematical understanding while staffing title one schools with 20 high quality mathematics teachers over a five year period, continuing to mentor current teachers produced by the initial PTM project. A focus of PTM 2 will be attracting racially and ethnically diverse STEM majors from related disciplines such as mathematics and engineering, traditionally underrepresented in the mathematics teaching field, by an extensive recruitment campaign. A hallmark of the project will be its pre-residency experience, allowing prospective teachers to observe with mentor teachers prior to joining the PTM 2 project. Scholars will graduate with a master’s degree in mathematics education, including graduate coursework in both teaching pedagogy and mathematics content.