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1 2011 Proposal Writing Workshop Joan Prival National Science Foundation Linnea Fletcher Austin Community College

2 Workshop Objectives As the result of this workshop, participants will better understand: Key elements of the Advanced Technological Education Program as it Pertains to Teacher Preparation in Community Colleges Key elements of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program as it Pertains to Community Colleges Key features of a successful proposal to the program

3 Workshop Agenda Introductions Overview: Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Elements of a Good Proposal Proposal Writing Tips and Q & A Meet with a Program Officer

4 “NSF invests in the best ideas generated by scientists, engineers and educators working at the frontiers of knowledge, and across all fields of research and education. Our mission, vision and goals are designed to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering.” National Science Foundation Investing in America’s Future Strategic Plan FY

5 Organization of EHR Directorate Directorate of Education & Human Resources (EHR) Division of Graduate Education (DGE) Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) Division of Research on Learning in Formal & Informal Settings (DRL) 

6 Community Colleges and Teacher Preparation More than 50% of the preservice teachers take their science at a community college There are direct connections to industry via community college workforce programs A diverse population attends community colleges Good teaching is important at community colleges Can you think of other reasons for community colleges to get involved in teacher preparation?

7 Advanced Technological Education: NSF Initiated by an act of Congress Managed by both DRL and DUE Main Goal: Prepare technicians in STEM-related areas at two year schools

8 Advanced Technological Education Tracks: Projects Program Development and Improvement Professional Development for Educators Leadership Capacity Building for Faculty Curriculum and Educational Materials Development (for National Dissemination) Business and Entrepreneurial Skills for Students K12 Teacher Preparation Small Grants for Institutions New to the ATE Program: Conferences and Workshops Centers Targeted Research on Technician Education

9 Why Does the ATE program Fund Teacher Preparation? Teachers are instrumental in successfully recruiting and retaining students in STEM- related areas Teachers are instrumental in providing a quality STEM education to students Teachers are instrumental in ensuring the success of students in STEM-related occupations Can you remember a “teacher” that made a difference in your choice of careers or your success?

10 Sinclair Community College Received its first ATE grant (NSF # ) to develop a strong STEM oriented preservice teacher program, the Dayton Urban STEM Academy. Started in 2009 Establish a new Tech Prep STEM Teacher Education pathway Transitional Activities for future STEM teachers Foster Matriculation of STEM preservice teachers to the 4 yr partnering schools Integrate innovative uses of technology in teaching and learning Received a second ATE grant (NSF # ) to develop the High School STEM Teacher Synergistic Institute, initiated in 2011 Focuses in in-service teachers Composed of a summer workshop, online learning community and externships for teachers in industry.

11 2011 ATE Program Deadlines Full Proposal Deadline(s) 5 pm proposer’s local time: October 20, 2011 October 18, 2012

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13 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Initiated by Act of Congress in 2002 Reauthorized in 2007 (America COMPETES Act) and in 2010 under America COMPETES Reauthorization of Act of 2010 To encourage talented mathematics, science, and engineering undergraduates to pursue teaching careers To encourage STEM professionals to become teachers To prepare Master Teachers

14 2011 Noyce Scholarship Program (NSF ) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Track  Scholarships for undergraduate STEM majors preparing to become K12 Teachers  Internships for freshmen and sophomores  Stipends for STEM professionals seeking to become K12 teachers NSF Teaching Fellowships & Master Teaching Fellowships (TF/MTF) Track  Fellowships for STEM professionals receiving teacher certification through a master’s degree program with teacher certification  Fellowships for science and math teachers preparing to become Master Teachers

15 2011 Noyce Scholarship Program Capacity Building Track (new in 2011) To establish the infrastructure and partnerships for implementing a future Noyce Teacher Scholarship or NSF Teaching Fellowship (TF/MTF) project  Development of new teacher preparation programs for STEM majors and STEM professionals  Development of new programs for developing Master STEM Teachers

16 Relevance to the Community College Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Track Scholarships for undergraduate STEM majors preparing to become K12 Teachers in a preservice teacher education program at a community college Internships for freshmen and sophomores at a community college that providing teaching experience. For example, students could intern in a STEM related industry and take that experience and translate it into a teaching experience for K-12 students. Stipends for STEM professionals seeking to become K12 teachers in a strong STEM alternative teacher certification program. NSF Teaching Fellowships & Master Teaching Fellowships (TF/MTF) Track Fellowships for science and math teachers preparing to become Master Teachers in a program that is jointly managed by a 2-yr – 4yr partnership such that the education is provided by both or the 2-yr school and the 4 –yr school provides the graduate credit.

17 Relevance to the Community College Capacity Building Track: To start a new or revise a pre-service teacher education program that has strong STEM components; the PI is a faculty member from a STEM related department. To start a new or revise a teacher alternative certificate program that has strong STEM components; the PI must be a faculty member from a STEM related department. To start a STEM-oriented master teacher program, in partnership with a 4-yr school graduate program. For example, the 2-yr school could offer master teacher biotechnology education and the partnering 4-yr school would provide the graduate credit for that education.

18 Noyce Scholarship Program Eligibility Proposals may only be submitted by:  Universities & 2- or 4-year colleges (including community colleges)  Nonprofit entities that have established consortia among such IHEs Principal Investigators:  The PI, or at least one Co-PI, must be a faculty member in a STEM department.

19 Noyce Scholarship Program Scholarship Track To recruit undergraduate STEM majors and STEM career changers who might otherwise not have considered a career in K-12 teaching: Summer internships for freshmen and sophomores to interest students in STEM teaching Undergraduate Scholarships of at least $10,000 per year for up to three years beginning in junior year Undergraduate students graduate with a degree in a STEM discipline and teacher certification and/or licensing. One-year stipends of at least $10,000 for STEM professionals (career-changers) and post-baccalaureate students to obtain teacher certification

20 Noyce Scholarship Program Scholarship Track Scholarship and stipend capped by cost of attendance Recipients commit to teaching in a high need school district for 2 years for each year of scholarship/stipend support. Recipients failing to meet service requirement must repay scholarship

21 Noyce Scholarship Program Projects include: STEM faculty collaborating with Education faculty Strong partnership with school district Recruitment and selection strategies Exemplary teacher preparation programs leading to certification and/or professional development programs for Master Teaching Fellows) Support for new teachers Mechanism for monitoring recipients Institutional support Evaluation

22 Noyce Scholarship Track Phase I: For new awardees or new project with different focus Phase II: For previously funded awardees - Scholarships & Stipends: To expand and extend evaluation efforts begun under previous award and support additional cohorts of scholarship and stipend recipients Monitoring and evaluation: To expand and extend evaluation efforts of previous project without support for additional cohorts.

23 Noyce Scholarship Track Phase I Scholarships, Stipends, Internships Award size up to $1,200,000  Additional $250,000 for collaboration with two-year colleges Duration up to 5 years Administrative/programmatic costs may not exceed 20% of total direct costs 80% of total direct costs must directly support participants No cost sharing

24 Noyce Scholarship Program Scholarship Track Phase II Scholarships and Stipends plus longitudinal evaluation studies of previously supported cohorts of students  Award size up to $750,000; up to 5 yrs.  Up to 20% of budget for admin./programmatic costs)  80% of budget for direct support to participants  No cost sharing Monitoring and Evaluation  Award size up to $150,000; up to 3 yrs.  No cost sharing

25 NSF Teaching Fellowships & Master Teaching Fellowships Track (TF/MTF) NSF Teaching Fellows STEM professionals enroll in a master’s degree program leading to teacher certification or licensing Receive one-year stipend of at least $10,000 while enrolled in the Master’s degree program Selection of Fellows based on professional achievement, academic merit, and demonstration of advanced content knowledge in STEM Commit to teach for 4 years in a high need school district Receive annual salary supplement of at least $10,000 while fulfilling four-year teaching commitment

26 NSF Teaching Fellowships & Master Teaching Fellowships Track NSF Master Teaching Fellows: Fellowships for math and science teachers preparing to become Master Teachers Selection of Fellows based on professional achievement, academic merit, demonstration of advanced content knowledge in STEM, demonstrated success in in improving student achievement Must have Master’s degree Commit to teach for 5 years in a high need school district Receive annual salary supplement of at least $10,000 for 5 years plus professional development while fulfilling the teaching commitment

27 NSF Teaching Fellowships & Master Teaching Fellowships Track Award size up to $3 million over 5-6 years  Additional $250,000 for collaboration with two-year colleges Matching funds required:  30% of total budget for request less than $1.5 million, excluding two- year college incentive  50% of total budget if request is $1.5 million or more, excluding two- year college incentive  At least 50% of cost share must be cash At least 80% of total direct costs must be for direct support to participants (stipends, salary supplements, professional development)

28 TF/MTF Proposals Must Include: 1. A department within an IHE that provides an advanced program of study in math and science, 2. A department or entity within an IHE that provides teacher preparation or a 2-year institution that offers a teacher preparation program or a dual enrollment or an articulation agreement with an IHE that credentials teachers, 3. At least one high need school district and public school(s) within this district, and 4. At least one nonprofit organization with the capacity and expertise to support the goals of the project.

29 Noyce Scholarship Program Capacity Building Track Development of new programs, partnerships, infrastructure for future Noyce project  Award size up to $300,000; up to 2 yrs.  May include an additional $50,000 over 2 years for collaborations between two-year and four-year institutions.  No restriction on budget allocation (within standard NSF policies)  No cost sharing

30 Project Description: Phase I Scholarship Track Results from relevant prior NSF support Descriptions of:  proposed scholarship or stipend program  teacher preparation program  recruitment and marketing activities  selection process  management & administrative structure for administering scholarship or stipend program  plans to monitor & enforce compliance with the required teaching commitment

31 Project Description: Phase I Scholarship Track Provide evidence of:  infrastructure to support new teachers,  collaboration between STEM & education faculty,  a functioning partnership between the IHE(s) & school districts,  a commitment to making the program a central institutional focus Include an objective evaluation plan

32 NSF Review Criteria NSF Merit Review Criteria  Intellectual Merit  Broader Impacts Additional Considerations  Integration of Research & Education  Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs Additional Noyce Program specific review criteria, dependent on proposal type

33 Review Criteria: Phase I Scholarship Proposals Capacity and ability of institution to effectively conduct the program Number and quality of students that will be served by the program Justification for number of students and amount of stipend & scholarship support Ability of the program to recruit STEM majors who would not otherwise pursue a teaching career Quality and feasibility of recruitment & marketing strategies Quality of the preservice educational program

34 Review Criteria: Phase I Proposals Extent to which STEM & education faculty are collaborating in developing & implementing the program Quality of the preservice student support and new teacher support infrastructure Extent to which the proposed strategies reflect effective practices based on research Degree to which the proposed programming will enable scholarship or stipend recipients to become successful mathematics & science teachers Feasibility & completeness of an evaluation plan that will measure the effectiveness of the proposed strategies Institutional support for the program and the extent to which the institution is committed to making the program a central organizational focus

35 Project Description: TF/MTF Proposals Results from Prior NSF Support Description of proposed Fellowship program:  For NSF Teaching Fellows  Description of the Master’s degree program  Evidence of an infrastructure that is supportive of new teachers  For NSF Master Teaching Fellows  Description of the professional development program  Evidence of an infrastructure that will support and facilitate the Fellows’ work as Master Teachers

36 Project Description: TF/MTF Proposals Describe:  Recruitment activities  Selection process  Management and administrative structure  Cost sharing, including source and amount; enter amount on Budget form Line M

37 Project Description: TF/MTF Proposals Describe:  Plans to monitor and enforce compliance with the required teaching commitment  Plans for sustaining activities beyond NSF funding period  Evaluation plan Provide evidence of:  Collaboration between STEM faculty and education faculty  Functioning partnerships between IHEs, school districts, and non- profit organizations  Commitment to make the program a central institutional focus

38 Review Criteria: TF/MTF Proposals Extent to which the proposed strategies reflect effective practices based on research Extent to which STEM & education faculty are collaborating in developing & implementing a program with curriculum based on the specialized pedagogy needed to enable teachers to effectively teach math & science & to assume leadership roles in their schools. Degree to which the proposed programming will enable the participants to become successful mathematics and science teachers or Master Teachers

39 Review Criteria: TF/MTF Proposals Capacity & ability of institution to effectively conduct the program Number & quality of Fellows that will be served by the program Justification for number of Fellows served & amount of stipend & salary supplements Quality & feasibility of recruitment & marketing strategies

40 Review Criteria: TF/MTF Proposals Feasibility & completeness of an objective evaluation plan that will measure the effectiveness of the proposed strategies Institutional support for the program & the extent to which the institution is committed to making the program a central organizational focus Evidence of cost sharing commitments Plans for sustainability beyond the period of NSF funding

41 Review Criteria: TF/MTF Proposals NSF Teaching Fellows only: Ability of the program to recruit individuals who would not otherwise pursue a career in teaching & to recruit underrepresented groups Quality of the Master’s degree program leading to teacher certification Quality of the preservice student support and new teacher support infrastructure NSF Master Teaching Fellows only: Quality of the professional development that will be provided

42 Project Description: Capacity Building Projects Results from Prior NSF Support: Address prior support relevant to the proposed project A description of the activities planned, timeline, and outcomes expected to result from the proposal. Plans for evaluating progress and outcomes of the project.

43 Review Criteria: Capacity Building Proposals Clarity of proposed plans and activities that will lead to a well-designed program consistent with the requirements of the Noyce Scholarship Program. Clear statement of objectives to be completed and expected outcomes of the project. Evaluation plans that will measure stated objectives and outcomes.

44 Math and Science Teachers Project: Teachers of Excellence Program Lake City Community CollegeDUE PI: Pamela Carswell  Alternative certification program for STEM professionals in rural North Central Florida  Practical experience with lesson planning, classroom management, and research-based cooperative learning strategies  Integration of real world math and science into classroom  Cohort development, mentoring, and follow-up supervision

45 The Process Proposals may be submitted to FastLane or grants.gov (Use FastLane for TF/MTF proposals) All proposals are peer-reviewed according to standard NSF merit review criteria Notification of results within six months of receipt Reviewers’ comments may be accessed through FastLane after final decision is made

46 All Proposals Must Include: One page Project Summary (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact) Project description (15 pages) Budget forms and narrative for each year Biosketches Current & Pending Forms Facilities document References Mentoring Plan for Postdoctoral Researchers (if in budget) Data Management Plan (consult NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 11-1) Indicate Human Subjects status on cover sheet (pending, approved, or exempt)

47 Data Management Plan The Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) contains a clarification of NSF’s long standing data policy. All proposals must describe plans for data management and sharing of the products of research, or assert the absence of the need for such plans. FastLane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing a Data Management Plan. The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal, or both, as appropriate. More information can be found in the Grant Proposal Guide Chapter II.C.2j (NSF 11-1 ).

48 FY 2011 Noyce Scholarship Program Deadlines Letters of Intent (optional): February 23, 2011 Full Proposal Deadline: March 23, 2011

49 Questions? Joan Prival Richard Alo Mary Lee Ledbetter Contact a Noyce Program Officer: Other Resources:

50 Questions? Celeste Carter David Campbell Other Resources: Linnea Fletcher Go to the ATE site in DUE Contact an ATE Program Officer:


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