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Collaborating to Address the Math and Science Teacher Shortage Warren J. Baker, President California Polytechnic State University California State University Mathematics and Science Teacher Summit March 2, 2006
A Commitment to America’s Future: Responding to the Crisis in Mathematics and Science Education Elements of a Strategy for Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education strong leadership from P-16 state councils; closer alignment of K-12 and higher education standards and curriculum; engagement of business and higher education in more effective K-12 reform efforts; and a public awareness campaign designed to engage parents, students, and the public-at-large.
CSU Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative Partnering to put into place a comprehensive, multi-part strategy to recruit, educate and retain a new generation of mathematics and science teachers.
A Commitment to America’s Future: Responding to the Crisis in Mathematics and Science Education National and state policy leadership Alignment of local education support programs with statewide education priorities Support for mathematics and science teacher recruitment, education, professional development and retention A key element in the BHEF initiative is expanded engagement of business in support of math and science education reform:
Examples of Business Support for Math and Science Teachers Scholarships for undergraduate students in STEM fields and for math and science teacher candidates. Programs through which scientists and engineers mentor new teachers. Professional development programs for math and science teachers. Scholarships for experienced teachers to obtain National Board Certification.
Developing a Dual Employment Track for Math and Science Teachers Summer internship, co-op and employment opportunities in industry and federal labs for math and science students, student teachers and teachers Workshops and field trips Mentoring by industry and federal lab professionals Assistance in developing lab experiences for students
Transition Programs for Science and Engineering Professionals Important roles for: Business and Industry Colleges of Education School Districts
Additional Examples of Business Support for Mathematics and Science Teacher Recruitment, Education, Professional Development and Retention Boeing Northrop Grumman Space Technology Pfizer Merck
Examples of federal laboratories active in professional development Lawrence Livermore Teacher Research Academies –Teachers can spend from 6-8 weeks on a mentored research experience in labs (e.g. biotechnology, astrophysics) conducting scientific research under the direction of a scientist –Shorter programs (3-5 days) introduce teacher to research methods in the same labs –Over a hundred teachers participate each year Lawrence Berkeley: Laboratory Science Teacher Professional Development Program (LSTPD) –Teachers As Investigators: teachers spend four weeks with a research group at Berkeley Lab, gaining first hand experience in areas ranging from computer science to genomics –Teachers As Research Associates: eight week mentored research experience under direction of a Berkeley researcher; teachers are full partners with the R&D team, required to write a research paper
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