- Year 2022
- NSF Noyce Award # 1833694
- First Name John
- Last Name Stewart
- Discipline Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics
John Stewart, West Virginia University
West Virginia is chronically on of the most educationally and economically disadvantaged state in the US. The need to move the WV economy into the 21st century is critical and requires a STEM trained workforce. This proposal will support at least 25 additional new high school teachers with $14,500 scholarships annually, up to two years. It leverages the internal expertise in the WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education, coupled with the implementation of a UTeach replication site (WVUteach), to fulfill an institutional commitment to increase the number of STEM teachers produced both in the short and long term.
This project seeks to answer the following questions: 1) How does Noyce scholarship support affect the growth of the teacher preparation program in an economically challenged state? 2) Is NAPE micromessaging training effective in preparing teachers for rural classrooms? 3) Do highly qualified teachers improve student success in the rural classroom?
WVUteach-Noyce implements a promising strategy for preparing teachers to serve in high-need classrooms and will aid in its dissemination. The project supports the rapid expansion of WVU’s new four-year STEM teacher preparation program, WVUteach, by providing scholarships to STEM majors to go into teaching while also implementing a partnership to provide relevant cultural competence, pedagogical knowledge and disposition to our students and the mentor teachers that will support them as they learn to teach in high-need Appalachian schools.
Four years of evaluation data show the NAPE micromessaging curriculum embedded in the UTeach model produces significant increases in the students understand of equity and privilege. The curriculum alignment with the UTeach model could be replicated at other UTeach institutions.
Twenty-three STEM future teachers (nine mathematics, four chemistry, eight biology, and two physics; eleven men and twelve women) have been supported to date. Sixteen have graduated and have received certification. These teachers are impacting students across the Appalachian region. The NAPE micromessaging curriculum integrated into UTeach provides a possible model to increase equity at many institutions.