The University of Rochester will be awarding a total of 26 full tuition scholarships over the next five years to prepare math and science teachers for high-need schools because of funding from the National Science Foundation.
In addition to obtaining a master’s degree and teacher certification at the Warner School of Education, scholarship recipients will receive a state-approved Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools. The recruiting and preparation of these teachers is a partnership between the Warner School of Education and the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University, as well as with the East Irondequoit School District and East High School. This project is funded by a $1.2 million grant from the NSF’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.
A select number of awards are available immediately, for study beginning in May. Applications are due by April 12 for candidates hoping to start immediately and be teaching by fall 2019.
This grant is the third award Warner has received in the past decade from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, which aims to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and career changers to become secondary math and science teachers in high-need urban and rural schools. Previous awards have prepared a total of 57 math and science teachers for high-need districts since the original Noyce grant was awarded in 2008. This new grant will address the growing national demand for math and science teachers who are equipped to teach in digitally-rich classrooms and who can harness the power of digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning in math and science.
“As more districts across New York State are moving toward incorporating electronic devices in all classrooms, the new award recognizes the need for more math and science teachers who can thoughtfully utilize the plethora of digital programs into the classroom to promote student learning and achievement,” said Jeffrey Choppin, chair of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School who will serve as the principal investigator on this Noyce award. “These full-tuition scholarships will play a pivotal role in increasing the number of secondary teachers who can incorporate high-quality, digitally-based curriculum and instruction in high-need schools.”
Over the next five years, the program will recruit, prepare and retain 26 secondary math and science teachers who are prepared to use digital resources to provide rich learning experiences for students from diverse backgrounds. All Noyce scholars will complete their student teaching experiences in a school that is highly innovative in its use of technology and a school engaged in transformative urban educational practices, respectively. The first placement will be at East Irondequoit, a local pioneer in digital conversion; and the second placement at East High School, a secondary school within the Rochester City School District that is undergoing major transformations under the oversight of the University of Rochester. Students awarded the scholarships will also be required to teach for at least two years in a high-need district following the completion of the program.
For more information, email admissions@warner.rochester.edu or call (585) 275-3950.