Presentation on theme: "Recruiting and Selecting High Caliber Mathematics and Science Students: Successes, formative changes and lessons learned Noyce Scholarship Program, University."— Presentation transcript:
Recruiting and Selecting High Caliber Mathematics and Science Students: Successes, formative changes and lessons learned Noyce Scholarship Program, University of Houston Dr. Laveria Hutchison, Dr. Robert Houston, and Dr. Susan William
University of Houston Noyce Scholarship Program – An undergraduate teacher preparation program for math and science majors
Need for 23% of students in Texas reside in Greater Houston Area 170 high schools 18,000 HS teachers Over the last 10 years, the number of full-time high school teachers assigned out-of-field increased by 65% for science and 30% for mathematics.
Need for With 23% of Texas students living in the Greater Houston Area, the University of Houston is strategically positioned to: generate additional highly-qualified high school science and math teachers who are knowledgeable of research-based science and math curriculum, comfortable with a variety of instructional strategies and technologies, and trained to teach in urban schools.
Recruitment: Recruiting Events: Freshman Orientation, Transfer Student Orientation, NSM Classroom Visits, Cougar Travel (Texas High School Counselors)
Recruitment: teachHouston Recruiting Events: UH Cougar Preview, Cougar Fridays, Cats Back, Activities Fair, High School Visits
Recruitment: teachHouston Professional Events: teachHOUSTON posters, display boards with talking points
Recruitment: teachHOUSTON End-of-Year Celebration and teachHOUSTON Open House - events that create greater community access and program visibility.
Recruitment: teachHouston Electronic: teachHOUSTON, NSM, & COE Websites, You Tube Videos, Blasts, and NSM & COE LCD Monitor Ads
Designed to be student oriented, user friendly, and informative for both current and prospective tH students: Targets organizations and individuals interested in the professional and financial support of teachHOUSTON students. Website is linked to the University of Houston, College of Education and College of NSM homepages.
Partnerships: teachHouston Partnerships: NSM Undergraduate Advising Office, COE Advising Office, Admissions, NSM Faculty and Faculty Advisors, Scholar Enrichment Program
Partnerships: teachHouston Partnerships: School District Partners (Fort Bend ISD, Houston ISD, Spring Branch ISD)
Partnerships: Partnerships: Strong business connection built through the teachHOUSTON Advisory Board.
Partnerships: teachHouston Partnerships: teachHOUSTON Student Society
Branding: Houston Print Materials: flyers, recruiting brochures, and personalized post cards targeted to UH/NSM undergraduate students.
Recruiting, developing, and retaining a new generation of STEM teachers. BRANDINGBRANDING
Recruiting Focus Unique Attributes of Undergraduate teacher preparation program for STEM majors. Scholarships and internships for academically talented students. Passion for teaching math and science with instructional technologies in urban schools. Teaching experiences begin 1 st semester. Five field-based semesters (including 14 weeks of student teaching). STEM degree and certification in 4 years.
Recruitment: teachHouston Key Recruiting Approaches – Freshman Orientations – NSM, COE, and teachHOUSTON Advisors – Blasts and On-Campus Electronic Ads – NSM Classroom Visits – Noyce Teacher Scholarships Best Promotional Items – Brochures – teachHOUSTON T-Shirts and Pens
Steps to Enrollment Once student is admitted to the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, they 1. Complete teachHOUSTON interest form. 2. Meet with teachHOUSTON Advisor. 3. Meet with NSM Advisor. 4. Enroll in STEP I- CUIN 1101.
Course TitleField Experience STEP 1: Teaching Science and Math in ESElementary School STEP 2: Teaching Science and Math in MSMiddle School Knowing & Learning Science and MathNone Classroom Interactions in Science and MathHigh School Perspectives of Mathematics and ScienceNone Research Methods in Science and MathNone Multiple Teaching Strategies in Math & ScienceHigh School Student TeachingHigh School
Results of Recruiting Total Student Enrollment
- Majors Effect of Noyce Teacher Scholarships Of the 362 students, 48% are math majors and 52% are science majors. Biology Majors 114 Chemistry/Bio-Chem*50 Geo-Sciences 09 Physics Majors*14 Mathematics175
Results of Recruiting teachHOUSTON Student Ethnicity Houston Ethnicity
Partner School Districts Three School District Partners – Fort Bend ISD – Houston ISD – Spring Branch ISD Goal is to train students in urban settings. 80% of the schools we are using this semester serve predominately underrepresented populations
Graduates Of the 28 students who graduated prior to this spring semester, 23 of them (82%) are teaching. Of those 23 who are teaching, 100% of them are teaching in the Greater Houston Area.
Graduates Of the 28 students who graduated prior to this spring, 13 (46%) are Noyce Scholars. All but one of the 13 Noyce Scholars are teaching. Of the 14 students who just graduated this spring, 6 of them (43%) are Noyce Scholars. The Noyce Teacher Scholarships are clearly having an impact on the teachHOUSTON program.
Noyce Scholar Opportunities Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp BHSSC is a two-week, academic, residential camp for 54 historically underrepresented middle school students. Goal of camp - increase students math and science skills while introducing them to college life and stimulating their interest in science and engineering career paths. Noyce Scholars serve as BHSSC counselors.
Noyce Scholar Opportunities Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp Noyce Scholars assist with the instructional activities, projects, and field trips. They are paid for their services through teachHOUSTON Internship funds.
Noyce Scholar Opportunities Mars Rover Celebration and Contest Noyce Scholars share an instructional activity with Mars Rover Contestants.
Noyce Scholar Opportunities Presentation for Student Society The teachHOUSTON Student Society is a student organization that provides professional development, service, tutoring, and social experiences for students in the program. Approximately one professional development opportunity is provided each week. Approximately one service event is provided bi-monthly. Weekly tutoring sessions are held by the tHSS.
Noyce Scholar Opportunities Presentation for Student Society Noyce Scholars are encouraged to present a professional development workshop at least once each semester. Noyce Scholars are encouraged to assist with the tutoring sessions.
Noyce Scholar Opportunities teachHOUSTON sponsored a regional T3 Conference this fall. The program included not only expert workshops but also student-led workshops. Noyce Scholars were assisted in preparing a student presentation for the conference. Many administrators and department chairs chose to attend these student-led sessions to preview potential teacher candidates.
Noyce Scholar Opportunities Induction Support for Noyce Scholars 30% of Texas teachers leave the profession within their first 2 years of service. 55% of Texas teachers leave the profession within their first 3 years of service. To address this difficult problem, teachHOUSTON has joined forces with UTeach Austin and UTeach Dallas to supply induction support to approximately 250 graduates of the programs in the Austin, Houston, and Dallas/Fort Worth areas.
Noyce Scholar Opportunities Induction Support for Noyce Scholars New teachers are provided induction support during their first 2 years of teaching. Each new teacher is visited once a week.
A Formula that Works Early and Continued Field Experiences Master & Mentor Teachers Strong Content Coupled with Education Minor Education Courses focused on Math & Science Training Infused with Instructional Technologies Scholarships & Internships New Teacher Induction Support