- Year 2023
- NSF Noyce Award # 2151122
- First Name Paul
- Last Name Adams
- Discipline Chemistry, Life Sciences, Physics, STEM Education (general)
Eric Deyo, Matthew Clay
Addressing preservice teachers’ intentions to teach in rural schools, as well as their persistence and retention once hired as rural STEM teachers, is an important step in providing equity for rural students.
What are best practices for recruiting pre-service teacher candidates into the program to prepare them for rural school science teaching assignments?
FHSU has created the postbaccalaureate program to increase the number of secondary teachers to meet the demand of schools. The project modifies and adapts the program to prepare science teachers for rural communities. The modifications and adaptations are informed by our prior work in preparing traditional undergraduates for teaching in rural schools utilizing the 3C Framework: Curriculum, Context, and Conveyance.
The project is designed to fund thirty stipends over five years for STEM majors entering a post-baccalaureate program to prepare them to teach in high-needs rural schools.
The broader impact of this project is the development of educator preparation programs and Noyce programs designed to support rural STEM teacher persistence and retention.