|[May 24, 2012]
National Math and Science Initiative's Acclaimed Teacher Training Program Reaches Enrollment Milestone of 5,500 Students
DALLAS --(Business Wire)--
Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) has announced that its highly
acclaimed teacher training program, UTeach,
has reached the enrollment milestone of more than 5,500 students and 800
program graduates, creating a new generation of science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) teachers for our U.S. public school system.
The announcement was made yesterday at a high-profile STEM teacher
panel, "America's Future STEMS on Good Teachers: Are We Ready?," which
NMSI hosted at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Leaders also
announced that the UTeach program has expanded the program to its 30th
university campus, Towson
University, near Baltimore, Md.
The UTeach program encourages college students majoring in math,
science, or computer science to pursue careers in teaching and enables
them to receive full teaching certification without adding time or cost
to their degrees. NMSI, in partnership with the UTeach
Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, has implemented the
program in college campuses across the U.S. since 2008. Eight hundred
college students - and potential future teachers - have graduated from
the program, which has seen its enrollment nearly quintuple in just four
years. NMSI estimates that the first group of UTeach graduates will have
taught more than four million students by the year 2020.
Dr. Nancy Grasmick, the former State Superintendent of Schools for the Maryland
State Department of Education and a featured guest at yesterday's
panel discussion, celebrated the decision to bring UTeach to Towson
University in Maryland to boost the number of STEM educators in the
state. "There is an urgent need for Americans to be engaged in STEM
careers if our nation is to remain competitive with the rest of the
world," Grasmick said. "Well-prepared teachers are critical to achieving
this goal and no program is more effective at this preparation than
NMSI has been a leader in addressing the nation's call for a new
pipeline of highly qualified STEM teachers through its UTeach program
and through partnerships with national organizations such as 100Kin10,
which seeks to recruit 100,000 new math and science teachers in the next
10 years. Teacher training for existing STEM teachers nationwide is also
a critical component of NMSI's Advanced
Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) and Laying
the Foundation program.
"Our nation needs an additional 280,000 math and science teachers by
2015, and the UTeach program is playing a key role in providing those
teachers," said Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, President and CEO of NMSI. "The
expansion of the program to Maryland underscores that demand for the
UTeach program continues to grow around the country. This proves that
more college students will seek careers as math and science teachers if
you provide an approach that makes sense," she added.
Funding for the new program at Towson University was made possible
through a $1.33 million grant from the Maryland State Department of
Education, which received federal Race
to the Top funds. Through the Michael
& Susan Dell Foundation, NMSI committed an additional $680,000
in funding, and the University
System of Maryland pledged another $300,000 annually.
Dr. Carl Wieman, Nobel (News - Alert) Prize winner and Associate Director for Science
in the White House Office
of Science and Technology Policy, also spoke at the STEM teacher
panel, adding: "STEM is vitally important in today's society and for the
future of our country. We need a scientifically literate population that
can make wise decisions about the critical issues facing humanity. We
have to find ways to have highly effective teachers, and programs such
as UTeach really have to become the norm."
Towson University, the state of Maryland's largest producer of teachers,
expects to graduate up to 250 new teachers in STEM disciplines within
four years of the program launching next fall.
Originated at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997, the UTeach
program enables students majoring in math, science, or computer science
to receive full teaching certification without adding time or cost to
their degrees. Ninety-two percent of UTeach graduates from the UT-Austin
program become teachers, and 82 percent are still in the classroom after
five years. About 45 percent of the UTeach graduates teach in high-need
The core elements of the UTeach program include:
Active recruitment and incentives, such as offering the first two
courses for free.
A compact degree program that allows students to graduate in four
years with both a degree and teaching certification.
A strong focus on acquiring deep content knowledge in math and
science, in addition to research-based teaching strategies focusing on
teaching and learning math and science.
Early and intensive field teaching experience, beginning in the UTeach
students' first semester.
Personal guidance from experienced master teachers, faculty and public
The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) was launched in 2007 by
top leaders in business, education, and science to reverse the troubling
decline in American math and science education. NMSI is dedicated to
dramatically impacting the U.S. public school system by bringing best
practices to education and replicating programs nationally that have
documented success in math and science education. These programs include
the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program to prepare more
high school students to succeed in college level courses, as well as the
UTeach program to recruit and train more math and science teachers and
the Laying the Foundation program to prepare middle school and high
school students to succeed in pre-AP and AP classes.
Inaugural funding for NMSI was provided by the Exxon Mobil
Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael
& Susan Dell (News - Alert) Foundation. Expansion of the UTeach program is
supported by additional funding from the UTeach Institute, AT&T, Texas
Instruments Foundation, the Texas High School Project, the Greater Texas
Foundation, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Tennessee
Department of Education, Texas Education Agency, the Michael & Susan
Dell Foundation, and other private contributions. With funding from the
Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Michael & Susan Dell
Foundation, NMSI is increasing the impact of the program through an
alumni network for UTeach graduates.
For more information, visit www.nationalmathandscience.org.
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