College of Education Faculty Receive $2.1 Million Grant to Support STEM Teachers in Urban Schools

Three faculty members in the College of Education’s Department of Early Childhood Education have received a $2.1 million grant to train and support teachers dedicated to teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects in high-need urban schools.

Associate Professor Diane Truscott and Assistant Professors Nancy Schafer and Brian Williams received the funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Transition to Teaching program for their “Teaching Teachers Together: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Success” program, which will recruit teachers into the college’s Urban Accelerated Certification and Master’s Program.

“Our focus is to build on what we’ve already learned from our previous grant experiences in high-need urban schools and to increase the number of highly qualified teachers who commit to teaching in those schools,” said Truscott, principal investigator for the grant. “We have a commitment in the program to support children in schools who are culturally and linguistically diverse, and now we’re trying also to emphasize science and mathematics content.”

Participants in the grant program will conduct their field experiences in Atlanta Public Schools classrooms with mentor teachers, and will have the opportunity to attend professional development seminars, classes and science summer camps that Truscott, Schafer and Williams are developing at a professional learning site.

By the end of the five-year grant, the researchers hope to have a better understanding of what teachers need in order to teach STEM subjects effectively and have curriculum for math and science classes that can be used as a model for summer camps, after-school programs and general classroom instruction.

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