Grant-Funded Projects

UTeach Faculty Grant-Funded Projects

UTeach Noyce Scholarships and Stipends

Principal Investigator: Ann Cavallo, University of Texas at Arlington

Co-Investigators: Greg Hale, Ramon Lopez, James Alvarez, J. Carter Tiernan, University of Texas at Arlington

Timeframe: August 2018—August 2023

Funded By: National Science Foundation

Project Description:

This proposed new project: Preparing Highly Qualified STEM Teachers in High Need Schools through the NSF Robert Noyce Program, will build upon our successful Noyce program at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in collaboration with our partner school districts and community college district. Our program has established a strong and on-going pipeline of new secondary science and mathematics teachers who are in high demand by surrounding schools. The new project will leverage lessons learned from our prior successes and challenges while meeting the critical need to offer Noyce Scholarships to recruit, prepare, induct, and retain STEM teachers for our high-need schools. The program aims to extend the collaborative work among the UTA College of Education (COEd) and College of Science (COS), Tarrant County Community College District (TCCD), and the surrounding Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth Independent School Districts to prepare and certify new science and mathematics teachers highly qualified to teach in these high-need, urban districts. In addition, this project will also recruit Engineering candidates into a new computer science/mathematics teacher certification track within their baccalaureate degree. This project therefore extends our collaborative work to include the College of Engineering (COE), such that in addition to recruiting and supporting secondary science and mathematics teacher candidates through Noyce Scholarships, we will also target engineering students seeking computer science/mathematics certification. Specific program objectives are to:

1. recruit mathematics, science, and computer science teacher candidates from community colleges, baccalaureate programs, and career changers from local industry,
2. provide a quality teacher certification program for candidates with significant faculty mentoring, support, and professional development experiences streamed throughout the program, and
3. support and promote teacher induction and retention in the profession, implementing various levels of guidance from professional educators, school-based Mentor Teachers, and Near-Peer Mentors.

This proposed Noyce project aims to prepare 50 new, highly qualified teachers in the high need areas of science, mathematics, and computer science and provide summer internships to 40 STEM freshman and sophomore students as a strategy for teacher candidate recruitment.

UTeach Noyce Scholarships and Stipends

Principal Investigator: Michael Marder, Co-Director, UTeach Natural Sciences, The University of Texas

Co-Investigators: Jill Marshall, Associate Professor, STEM Education, The University of Texas
Shelly Rodriguez, Clinical Associate Professor, UTeach Natural Sciences, The University of Texas

Timeframe: January 2016—January 2020

Funded By: National Science Foundation

Project Description:

This project provides funding for scholarships and stipends for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students as they complete the UTeach program. The grant also provides support for implementing course activities deriving from the maker movement, for developing a maker micro-credentialing program, UTeach Maker, and for evaluating the teaching practices of our students. More information about this project.
 

Enhancing STEM Teacher Leadership Through Equity and Advocacy Development in Houston (LEAD Houston)

University of Houston

Funded By: National Science Foundation

Project Description:

The award will fund tuition and fees for middle and high school teachers to pursue a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in STEM education. To further the impact of the program, the grant will pay salary stipends for the graduates to train other teachers at schools serving significant populations of students who are underrepresented in high-demand STEM careers.
 

Chattanooga STEM Education Noyce Scholarship Program

Principal Investigators: Jennifer Ellis, Kendra Duncan, DeAnna E. Beasley; University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Timeframe: March 2018 – February 2023

Funded By: National Science Foundation
 

Learning Through Collaborative Design: Professional Development to Foster Productive Epistemic Discourse in Science

Principal Investigators: Sherry Southerland, Ellen Granger, Lama Jaber, Miray Tekkumru-Kisa, Zahid Kisa; Florida State University

Timeframe: July 2017 – June 2021

Funded By: National Science Foundation

Project Description:

This project seeks to investigate the role of collaborative design in supporting teachers' professional growth around productive epistemic discourse in high school science classrooms.The first part of this mixed methods, 4-year research project will include two cycles of design and development of the LCD professional development experience and a longitudinal examination of teacher and student learning fostered by this professional development. This will be followed by a field study that employs MANCOVA and HLM analytical techniques to examine the effectiveness of the LCD professional development, as it exists at the culmination of the design and development stages, compared to an alternative professional development experience that is similar to LCD professional development but does not include collaborative design.

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Preparing Secondary Mathematics Teachers with Video Cases of Students' Functional Reasoning

Principal Investigator: Laurie Cavey, Co-Director, IDoTeach, Boise State University

Co-Investigators:

  • Michele Carney, Co-Director, IDoTeach, Boise State University
  • Patrick Lowenthal, Associate Professor, Boise State University
  • Tatia Totorica, Master Teacher, IDoTeach, Boise State University

Timeframe: August 2017 – July 2021

Funded By: National Science Foundation

Project Description:

This project seeks to address a critical area of mathematics, function, which is a unifying concept in K-12 mathematics that applies to the study of algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics, but persists as a challenge for students. To this end, this project will develop a series of video-based online learning modules for use in undergraduate mathematics courses so that prospective secondary mathematics teachers (PSMTs) are better equipped to recognize, analyze, and make connections between the patterns found in students' functional reasoning.

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Collaborative Research: Understanding Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Outcomes in Texas

Principal Investigator: Catherine Horn, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Houston

Co-Investigator: Paige Evans, teachHouston, University of Houston

Timeframe: August 2016 – July 2019

Funded By: National Science Foundation

Research Questions:

  1. Among participants in implemented Noyce programs, what are the characteristics of the associated university-based programs?
  2. For teacher candidates who enter and remain in the teaching profession, how do Noyce and non-Noyce participants compare with respect to a variety of individual and receiving campus characteristics?
  3. Relative to their non-participating peers, to what extent and in what ways does teacher participation in Noyce-based preparation have subsequent influence on K–12 student academic performance?
  4. How are state policies influencing recruiting and retaining teachers?

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