- Year 2019
- NSF Noyce Award # 1758406
- First Name Kenneth
- Last Name Smith
- Discipline Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics
Angela Chapman, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenneth Smith, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, email@example.com
This project focuses on recruiting undergraduate majors in science and mathematics and preparing them to become secondary science and mathematics teachers in high-need school districts in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and surrounding areas. This project has the potential to increase understanding of factors that contribute to the successful recruitment and retention of STEM teachers, particularly those serving in largely Hispanic populations.
Guiding questions: What strategies result in the successful recruitment of science and mathematics majors to become teachers? What is the nature of the teacher preparation program?
Strategies describing the recruitment of science and mathematics majors to become teachers, including e-mails, posters, and word-of-mouth methods are presented. In addition, the nature of the teacher preparation program, which is a UTeach replication site, is presented.
In the first year of the project, twenty-seven science and mathematics majors were recruited into the project. Recruitment is ongoing, and evaluation of the project outcomes has begun.
Broader impacts of this project focus on increasing the number of science and mathematics teachers teaching in high-need school districts.