Science education experts at UTeach say the skills students need go beyond focusing on things such as content mastery.
67 high school teachers from 18 states and 56 school districts (with more than 40% of those teaching in rural locations) attended the UTeach Computer Science Principles training on the University of Texas at Dallas campus, thanks to generous support from Infosys Foundation USA.
The shortage of high-quality STEM teachers has long been a problem in national efforts to improve K-12 STEM education. This has colleges and universities looking to explore innovative approaches to strengthen the preparation of STEM teachers and to recruit STEM majors into teacher preparation programs.
Teacher preparation programs, and differences among programs, play a significant role in producing effective STEM teachers.
College readiness of Texas high school graduates has plummeted. This does not mean quite what it seems: students are not necessarily less ready to go to college. But it will have a real effect on their opportunities.
Who inspired you to try hard and think bigger? Often we forget to credit the people who deserve it most: our teachers.
Four recommendations for sending more STEM majors into teaching.
UTeach has been preparing America's teachers for 20 years.
Looking for an effective math teacher? What about a skilled science instructor? Need both? UTeach programs have you covered.
Using administrative data from the state of Texas, we measure UTeach impacts on student test scores in math and science in middle schools and high schools. We find that students taught by UTeach teachers perform significantly better on end-of-grade tests in math and end-of-course tests in math and science by 5% to 12% of a standard deviation on the test, depending on grade and subject.
Our country's single biggest obstacle is a perpetual STEM teacher shortage. In surveys of school districts, openings in physics, chemistry, and math are regularly near the top of the list of positions hardest to fill. As a result, a large percentage of high school STEM teachers have neither a college major nor minor in their main assignment, or they lack full certification. Forty percent of math teachers fall into one of these categories. In physics, chemistry, and earth science, the number is over 60 percent.
Bored and intimidated by math and science, American teenagers are disengaged from the classes that prepare them for today’s tech-driven labor force — making UTeach needed now more than ever.
With science, technology, engineering and math driving long-term growth, Texas is primed for a bright economic future. Over the past decades, the state has leaped ahead in STEM fields. But if we're to fully realize the state's potential, we have to ensure our economy has access to the one precious resource it can't do without: bright, young minds equipped with a quality STEM education.
This is the first time a computer science workshop has been offered through UTD's UTeach Dallas program. The program started in 2008 and focuses on recruiting, developing and retaining a new generation of math, science and computer science teachers at UTD [...].
Our economy is rapidly shifting, and educators and business leaders are increasingly recognizing that CS is a “new basic” skill necessary for economic opportunity and social mobility. By some estimates, just one quarter of all the K-12 schools in the United States offer CS with programming and coding, and only 28 states allow CS courses to count towards high-school graduation, even as other advanced economies are making CS available for all of their students.
An era of unprecedented change is underway in both K–12 and teacher education across the United States. As states focus their attention on preparing students to be college and career ready, teacher education programs are also in a time of renewal—exploring the question of how to prepare teacher candidates for the demands of teaching and learning in the 21st century.
National Math and Science Initiative has expanded the UTeach secondary science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher preparation program to five more universities and will expand again to another five universities in the fall of 2015, bringing the total number of universities implementing the program to 45.
STEM jobs, those that rely on expertise in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, comprise a growing and increasingly important economic sector in Texas. There are 2.5 STEM jobs available for every unemployed person in Texas. In contrast, there are 3.3 unemployed people for every non-STEM job available in Texas. Productivity and further economic growth in Texas increasingly depends on an educated STEM workforce.
North Texas universities will produce about 800 math and science teachers over the next five years through the program, providing a needed infusion of expertise in math and science for area schools and affecting nearly a half a million students.
A report on the committee on STEM education.
Twenty-nine percent of UTeach students come from Latino and African-American populations. That’s a significant number, given the disproportionately low national rate of Hispanics earning STEM certificates and degrees.
Traditionally, education colleges have trained math and science teachers, in contrast to the partnership between the math, science and education faculties in the UTeach program. The curriculum is intense, but also relatively condensed, mainly because UTeach students spend more time teaching rather than observing.
In 14 years, UTeach has created a unique educational model for preparing science, technology, engineering, and math teachers, and the nation is following its lead.
If we are truly intent on re-chartering the course of education in this country, there is another group that needs our focus just as much as our youth: teachers. Teacher preparation is an extremely important element of developing a talented high-tech workforce. We are very fortunate here in Texas to have the UTeach program, started in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas. UTeach prepares math, science, and engineering majors to also be certified high school teachers without extending the amount of time needed to attain their bachelor’s degree.
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology discusses UTeach as a model teacher-preparation program that marries intensive pedagogical instruction with rigorous majors in STEM disciplines.
UTeach Natural Sciences was named one of the Top 50 Innovations in American Government today by Harvard’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
The University of Texas at Austin has built a teacher education model that presents courses through the lens of math and science.
In a world where advanced knowledge is widespread and low-cost labor is readily available, U.S. advantages in the marketplace and in science and technology have begun to erode. A comprehensive and coordinated federal effort is urgently needed to bolster U.S. competitiveness and pre-eminence in these areas