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Only for the Brave: Reflections from the Ninth Annual UTeach Conference

Our development manager, Stephanie Markman, shares her reflections on the Ninth Annual UTeach Conference, which was held May 19-21 in Austin, Texas. In his keynote address of the Ninth Annual UTeach Conference, Robert Krulwich, co-host of NPR’s Radiolab, pronounced to a room full of educators and students, “This is not work for the un-brave.” While few may think of teaching science or math as work that requires bravery, he was absolutely right. The work of teaching science and math and the work of preparing excellent teachers requires ingenuity, passion, expertise, adaptability ...

Gifts from Bechtel Group Foundation to Support UTeach Alumni

Beginning in 2014, Bechtel Group Foundation—the giving arm of the Bechtel group of engineering and construction firms—has awarded gifts totaling $300,000 to support NMSI’s UTeach Expansion Program, a collaborative partnership forged with the UTeach Institute at The University of Texas at Austin to grow the STEM teacher workforce in communities across the country. Beyond supporting the graduation of top-notch math and science teachers, NMSI is committed to increasing retention of UTeach graduates in the classroom, increasing student achievement in new teachers’ classrooms, and moving new teachers along the continuum from novice ...

National Math + Science Initiative, UTeach Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Announce Expansion of UTeach Program to Five Additional Universities

NMSI-UTeach Partnership to Produce 8,300 Math and Science Teachers by 2020 DALLAS – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced today that five additional research universities have been selected to join a national network of universities in the expansion of the UTeach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher preparation program, made possible by a $22.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).  Beginning in the fall of 2015, the UTeach program will be offered to students at George Washington University; Louisiana Tech University; the University of ...

Business Engagement and Education Reform: Three Best Approaches to Improving Education

“The time has come for America’s business leaders to consider anew how they work with the nation’s educators to support our schools.” So opens a new report issued by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Boston Consulting Group, and Harvard Business School, which surveys the current landscape of American education. According to the report, right now things could be better. On a global scale, the U.S. ranks 23rd in science and 30th in math. “For young Americans to succeed,” the report states, “they must out-innovate and out-produce the ...

RFP Now Open To Implement UTeach Program at 5 Additional Universities

Is your university interested in producing and retaining more STEM teachers in United States? NMSI has partnered with the UTeach Institute to expand the UTeach secondary STEM preparation program model to five additional universities in the fall of 2015, funded by a generous grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Those who are interested must download and submit a grant application – the National UTeach Request for Proposals – which you can do so here. A letter of intent is requested from interested universities by March 27, 2014 followed by ...

What UTeach Students & Graduates Are Saying About Teaching in STEM

Yesterday we had the distinct pleasure of announcing the expansion of the UTeach program to five research universities across the U.S., thanks to a generous $22.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).This incredible program equips STEM majors with the skills and expertise needed to effectively teach in a 21stcentury classroom, and with the addition of these five universities, we are on track to help train more than 9,000 math and science teachers in the U.S. by 2020. It’s an amazing opportunity for students interested in STEM fields to consider a career in education as well! For ...

National Math and Science Initiative, UTeach Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Announce National Expansion of Highly Successful UTeach Program

National Math and Science Initiative, UTeach Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Announce National Expansion of Highly Successful UTeach Program Five universities awarded grants to implement transformative program for STEM teacher preparation; additional schools encouraged to apply for second round of funding DALLAS – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) today announced the expansion of the UTeach secondary science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher preparation program to five research universities, made possible by a $22.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). With the expansion of UTeach to ...

State of the Union 2014 – The State of STEM Education

During President Obama’s State of the Union Address last night, he emphasized the importance of “preparing students with skills for the new economy – problem solving, critical thinking, science, technology, engineering, and math.” Indeed, throughout the speech, the President highlighted critical industries, such as renewable energy, healthcare, advanced manufacturing and technology, all of which demand STEM-literate workers and innovators. But will our students be prepared to take on these jobs of the future? Unfortunately, it’s clear that our nation is still facing a STEM crisis. The latest PISA scores have highlighted as much, with the U.S. ranking 30th in math ...

Student Skills and Graduate Success: The Need for Algebra II

We have long stressed the immediate need for a stronger focus on the subjects of math and science in America’s education system. The need for more rigorous and cohesive STEM instruction can been seen as early as the elementary grade levels, and as students move through the middle and high school grades, the importance of an effective and engaging education becomes all the more prevalent. Students are struggling in these critical subjects, and the ripple effect of their struggles has culminated into a nationwide STEM crisis. Therefore, it is ...

Is the STEM Crisis a Myth? The Truth About STEM Education

The STEM crisis is considered by many to be one of the foremost issues facing America’s education system and our economy. However, there are some who call the shortage of STEM graduates and professionals a myth. NMSI STEM Student Engagement Director, Lynn Rogers, explains the nature of the STEM crisis and what we need to do to fix it. According to Lynn, there are some professionals who believe that the STEM crisis is a myth, based on the idea that recent STEM graduates are having trouble finding positionsin their field. ...

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