Presentation on theme: "Emily Thrasher Morgan Early North Carolina State University May 25, 2012 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference Washington, DC."— Presentation transcript:
Emily Thrasher Morgan Early North Carolina State University May 25, 2012 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference Washington, DC
North Carolina State University PI: Hollylynne Lee Co-PIs: Karen Hollebrands, Roger Woodard, Irina Kogan Program Managers: Ayanna Franklin, Emily Thrasher
Background-NCSU-Noyce METS Program Supports/Evaluation Funds/Mentors Meetings Wiki Observations Questions to Consider
Strong connections with STEM depts. Offer two double degrees at undergraduate level Masters and PhD programs in which some also earn an initial teaching license. Funded in Fall 2007 Near Research Triangle Park--Urban setting with suburban and rural contexts within 45 minutes Largest Mathematics Education program in NC
Increase the number of highly qualified high school mathematics teachers prepared with a major in a mathematical science and in mathematics education. Aim: To fund 26 scholars, undergraduate and graduate 26 Scholars have been funded 15 are current teachers Financial benefits while in school: $24,000 over two years (undergrad), $24,000 one year (grad) One national conference ($1000) & two state or regional conferences ($200) Technology ($250)
A major focus of the NCSU Noyce METS program is the establishment of a scholarly community Within our community of faculty, staff, and scholars, we have designed supports that will help meet the needs of your beginning teachers
An additional $300 for technology or PD A paid in-school mentor for 1 year 60% of our scholars rated their in-school mentor as very useful to their development Graduate scholar salary supplements ($20,000 over two years) were awarded to 1-2 scholars from each cohort One scholar wrote about the supplement: I am more free to go to professional development because of my salary supplement. When it comes to going to other conferences over the summer or even throughout the school year, its not a big deal for me to have to take money out of my personal funds to pay for food or lodging or whatever.
Have a streamlined process that does not put extra burden on the scholars Have one place online for all forms. Educate scholars on their funds and how to use them
3-5 face-to-face meetings throughout the year. Meetings with whole Noyce Program Skype Professional development opportunities iPad Workshop
Monthly meetings held through Elluminate, an online synchronous classroom. Meetings allow for scholars to visit with each other and discuss topics important to the classroom (e.g., classroom management, Common Core)
Advantages of Elluminate: Online so everyone can participate Opportunities to catch-up with scholars. One scholar said: Hearing about the trials and tribulations of my fellow Noyce scholars has been very useful, if only for the sake of knowing that others have the same fears and anxieties that I do and have been able to work through them. Time to disseminate research based practices
Disadvantages: Scheduling a Time One scholar wrote, It would be useful for me if some sessions events were held during the summer. Since I am also a coach, almost all of my afternoons and nights are taken up with practices or games. Most other afternoons, I have scheduled meetings to attend, student tutoring, or need time to catch up on grading. Suggestions: Conduct professional development during the summer
I would love to have more online resources that do not require me to physically be somewhere and do not require me to access them at a certain time. A forum or a wiki would be great. Some helpful activities and lesson plans would be wonderful as well. –Noyce Scholar http://noyce-ncsu.wikispaces.com/ Use a password protected wiki.
Observations include: Pre-observations e-mails to ask about a focus for the observation A full class period observation Post-conference where scholars are asked to reflect and discuss collected data Drawbacks Travel money and time Ideas to consider Video-recorded observations
Noyce offers a lot of security and support. If I had support like this throughout my career, I think I would be more likely to stay in the profession. The community surrounding NOYCE has helped better prepare me to teach and has allowed me to take advantage of many more opportunities otherwise not available to all beginning teachers. The faculty, staff, managers, scholars, and mentors have all been there when I needed advice on handling certain teaching obstacles and also with finding and developing classroom content.
What does a community of scholars in math education look like? How do we measure and evaluate the effectiveness of a community of scholars in mathematics education? Are there other types of supports that beginning teachers need that this type of community can provide?
To learn more about the Noyce Mathematics Education Teaching Scholars program at NC State please visit us at http://poe.ced.ncsu.edu/noyce/