Funding for Teacher Education Programs Invited Talks


PhysTEC Comprehensive and Pilot Site Proposal Preparation   -   Workshop

Theodore Hodapp, American Physical Society

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) will award both Comprehensive and Pilot sites in each of the next 3-4 years.  This workshop will acquaint you with the type of proposals that will be considered, and answer questions on how to work with your department and institution now to prepare a stronger proposal in the future.  We will discuss the required components and institutional resources necessary to build a strong teacher preparation program at your institution.  We will also describe the selection process, and answer questions about the logistics of becoming a PhysTEC supported site.   Building a strong proposal means you must have good support from your institution, a well-informed coherent plan, and a departmental imperative to pursue the preparation of physics teachers.  Our goal will be to help bring these elements together and focus your efforts on how to address challenges and consequently build a strong proposal to PhysTEC in a coming year.

UTeach Replication   -   Workshop

Michael Marder, University of Texas at Austin

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

UTeach is a program for the preparation of secondary science and mathematics teachers at The University of Texas at Austin. It is currently being replicated at 17 universities across the United States with funding sources that include grants from the National Math and Science Initiative and state sources in Texas and Tennessee. I will discuss the design of the replication process, progress of replication to date, and provide suggestions both on how to respond successfully to new calls for proposals and how to help generate new calls for proposals.

NSF Noyce RFP & mock review panel   -   Workshop

Co-presenters: Deborah Allen, National Science Foundation; Bert Holmes, National Science Foundation

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and STEM professionals to become preK-12 mathematics and science teachers. This workshop is designed to foster an understanding of the features of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program in order to assist interested participants in developing their ideas for projects and proposal preparation. Following an overview of the major elements of the program, including the new NSF Teaching Fellowships and Master Teaching Fellowships track, a sample funded proposal will be used to launch discussion of the features of an effective proposal. The session will conclude with a brief look at additional funding opportunities offered by the NSF in support of teacher education.

Bringing it all together: A synergistic model of institutional change   -   Talk

Valerie K. Otero, University of Colorado at Boulder

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The University of Colorado, Boulder has established an integrated model of institutional change by leveraging funding from professional societies, national foundations, industry, and the University. The University of Colorado recruits teachers through an experiential learning model associated with the nationally emulated Colorado Learning Assistant program and through the STEP I and STEP II courses of the CU-Teach curriculum (part of the UTeach national replication effort).  Another form of recruitment and retention included in the Colorado integrated effort is the Noyce Fellowship program, which provides support for LAs and CU-Teach students who have committed to teaching in high needs school districts. Finally, the Master Teacher track of the Noyce program provides salary supplements for career teachers to participate in the design and implementation of professional development communities for teachers as a means by which to develop mastery and leadership. In this presentation, we will discuss various aspects of the Colorado experiential learning model for institutional change and how we leverage various funding efforts.