UTeach Institute and University of Texas Computer Science Join Forces to Prepare Students for New AP Computer Science Exam

On June 4, 2015, the College Board officially endorsed Thriving in Our Digital World, a course developed at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), in preparation for the Fall 2016 launch of the new Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Sciences Principles course. Even as a number of national organizations and others work to launch new CS curricula, UT Austin’s course is one of only three complete curricula currently recognized by the developers of Computer Science Principles as having faithfully implemented the framework.

UTeach Alumna Aims for the Stars

Students of a UTeach alumna win the International Space Settlement Design competition.

Programmed for Success: UTeach and the Computer Science for All initative

In his January 31 weekly address, President Obama announced his Computer Science (CS) for All initiative, which would allocate $4 billion in funding for states, including $100 million for districts for CS education and more than $135 million for the support and training of CS teachers.

UT Hosts Fifteenth Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

On February 27, the University of Texas at Austin hosts its 15th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, part of Engineers Week. Hosted by the Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at UT, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day gives elementary- and middle school-aged girls the opportunity to encounter engineering and other STEM fields in an engaging, hand-on space.

Announcing UTeach Implementation Application

The UTeach Institute is currently accepting applications from universities interested in implementing the UTeach secondary STEM teacher preparation program. This opportunity is for universities who intend to self-fund this initiative, as external grant funds are not currently available. Please visit the Join UTeach page to download the complete application packet.

UTeach Arlington Celebrates 100 Graduates

This weekend, UTeach Arlington celebrates having graduated 100 secondary math and science teachers. This is a particularly notable accomplishment since the program is relatively new and has been producing graduates for just three years. 

Ashley Welch, manager of site support for the UTeach Institute and site coordinator for UTeach Arlington, attributes UTeach Arlington’s admirable accomplishment to three main factors: leadership, recruitment, and staffing.

We Prepare Teachers. They Change the World.

By Michael Marder, Professor of Physics and UTeach Executive Director, University of Texas at Austin

In the fall of 1997, the University of Texas at Austin launched UTeach, which began preparing STEM teachers in a new way. Today, 44 universities are part of the UTeach network. Michael Marder is co-founder and co-director of UTeach in Austin, and will give the keynote address at this year’s UTeach Conference.

UTeach Institute and Edhesive Team Up to Deliver CS Principles

The UTeach Institute is pleased to announce its collaboration with Edhesive to deliver its forthcoming AP Computer Science Principles course in a hybrid online platform accessible to high school students across the country. In Texas, only 1 percent of high school students took a CS course in the 2013–2014 academic year, and fewer than 15 percent of high schools offered coursework in the discipline at all. The U.S.

Now Enrolling: Classroom Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning

UTeach Professional Development is happy to announce that our first MOOC, Classroom Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning, is enrolling participants for the second run of the course. This self-paced version will remain open throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.

UTeach Is Turning 20! Celebrate With Us

UTeach anniversary logoTwenty years ago, there was no Snapchat or Instagram. Heck, there weren’t even smartphones! The Spice Girls and Hanson were at the top of the pop charts, George Lucas re-released special 20th anniversary editions of the original Star Wars trilogy with new digitized footage, and UTeach was formed in response to a troubling shortage of STEM teachers in the United States.