Some of the most prestigious universities in the united states are taking in the challenge laid down by The president and have dedicated to training 100,000 new science and math teachers by 2022. Because of the $22.5 million grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the popular and effective teacher training program called UTeach will find a home within the top ten research universities in the country.
According to Tom Luce, the head of he National Science and math Initiative, schools embracing UTeach is a superb step forward. Now? the same universities that have been responsible for training the top researchers in the country will also put their expertise towards turning out science and mathematics teachers badly needed in America’s schools.
The mission of coaching 100,000 new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers originates from a 2010?report?by the President\’s Council of Advisors on Science, \”Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) For America\’s Future.\” The president first mentioned the aim in his 2011 State of the Union Address, saying, \”over the following 10 years, with so many baby boomers retiring from our classrooms, we want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science and technology and engineering and math.\”
UTeach has its origins in University of Texas where the program was initially put into practice in 1997, Scientific American reports. It is based on the premise C long embraced by education experts C that to become an effective science or math teacher, you have to also have thorough understanding of the subject area along with the strong teaching skills necessary for any educational professional.
The poor performance of American students in science and math could be explained partly by the fact that less than 60% of math teachers and only 61% of science teachers in American high schools even majored science or math. The numbers are substantially worse in middle schools.
UTeach instills both teams of skills in its students. The program is a collaboration among a university\’s schools of education, liberal arts and sciences and local school districts.? It recruits undergraduate science and math majors to pursue teaching careers, and students graduate in four years with both a STEM major and all the courses required for a teaching certification.
One from the benefits of UTeach is always that its graduates stick around the teaching professions at a much higher rate compared to average new teacher. Roughly 40% of teachers leave the profession within 5 years of starting their employment; the attrition rate for UTeach graduates is not even half of that. Eighteen percent of teachers who trained at UTeach leave within the first five years, for a retention rate more than 80%.