Master Teachers/ Teacher-in-Residence Funding & Recruiting Strategies

published by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

There is no question that a university or external funding agency must make a significant financial commitment to support a Teacher-in-Residence. Nevertheless, several PhysTEC sites have made the commitment to fund TIRs out of their own budgets, in order to sustain the benefits that only a Master Teacher can bring to a department that wishes to prepare high-quality teachers. In addition, several universities have attracted external corporate funding for a Teacher-in-Residence program.

Raising funds for UTeach

written by Michael Marder

The article includes a brief history of the UTeach program at the University of Texas - Austin and a detailed discussion of raising funds for the program through private donations.


published by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

Teacher preparation programs will have a significant impact on the number of well-prepared physics teachers in classrooms around the country only if they are incorporated into departmental infrastructure, and do not simply depend on the volunteer effort of a small number of dedicated faculty members. Physics departments and university administrations must buy into the idea that they share some of the responsibility for addressing the nation's teacher shortage. Ultimately, sustainability depends on whether an institution is willing to devote substantial resources, in the form of faculty time, academic credit, and course reform support, to preparing the next generation of physics teachers.

Strengthening the K12 Teacher Workforce

written by Joan Prival

Recent national reports, calling attention to the need to increase and enrich the nation's science and engineering talent pool, are placing an increased emphasis on expanding and strengthening the teacher workforce.  This article offers information about and links to NSF initiatives in STEM teacher improvement and recruitment.

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program

written by the National Science Foundation

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The program provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and programs for students who commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts.

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