UTeach Expands to 44 Universities
Beginning in Spring 2015, the UTeach STEM teacher preparation program will expand to five additional universities!
We welcome George Washington University, Louisiana Tech University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, the University of Nevada, Reno, and West Virginia University to the UTeach community.
Each of the five universities new to UTeach were selected through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process to receive $1.45 million over a five-year grant period to support implementation of the program. The grants are made possible by a $22.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)to the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI).
“NMSI is committed to building a pipeline of skilled students and teachers to meet the nation’s need for a STEM-capable citizenry and workforce,” says Sara Martinez Tucker, CEO of NMSI. “The UTeach expansion initiative is a proven way to ensure teachers are equipped with the STEM content knowledge and instructional expertise needed to be effective in the classroom.”
With the five new programs, there are now 44 UTeach programs in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Collectively, UTeach programs are expected to produce more than 8,000 secondary math and science teachers who will teach 4.8 million students by 2020. Currently, there are more than 6,700 students enrolled in UTeach programs and 2,100 UTeach graduates nationwide.
“In the United States today, there’s a shortage of good science and math teachers in classrooms,” said HHMI president Robert Tjian. “We must continue to take steps toward change to replenish this country’s star teachers—teachers who can move students to love math and science.”
We are excited to introduce these five new UTeach programs. Michael Marder, executive director of UTeach at The University of Texas at Austin, is excited, too: “With each new university joining UTeach, our community of scientists, mathematicians, science and math teachers, and former and future teachers grows stronger.”
About the UTeach Institute:Established in 2006 at UT Austin, The UTeach Institute assists universities with implementation of the UTeach program and supports a growing, national network of K–12 educators and university-based research and clinical faculty collaborating to strengthen STEM education in the United States. This work is supported through a variety of strategic partnerships at the national, state, and local levels. For more information, visit www.uteach-institute.org.
About the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI):NMSI, a nonprofit organization, was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education, and science to transform education in the United States. NMSI has received national recognition for training grade 3–12 teachers and improving student performance through the rapid expansion of highly successful programs: NMSI's College Readiness Program, NMSI’s Laying the Foundation Teacher Training Program and NMSI’s UTeach Expansion Program. Inaugural funding for NMSI was provided by ExxonMobil, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. For more information, visit www.nms.org.
About the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI):HHMI plays an influential role in advancing scientific research and education in the United States. Its scientists, located across the United States and around the world, have made important discoveries that advance both human health and our fundamental understanding of biology. The Institute also aims to transform science education into a creative, interdisciplinary endeavor that reflects the excitement of real research. For more information, visit www.hhmi.org.