NSF Robert Noyce STEM Teacher Scholarship and Stipends Program
Nationwide there is a serious shortage of well-qualified secondary STEM educators, and a lack of diversity among the teaching population as a whole. Through the support of the NSF Robert Noyce STEM Teacher Scholarship and Stipends Program (NSF 1660506) Metropolitan State University of Denver, a leader in the preparation of teachers and education of underrepresented students in Colorado, provides equitable STEM teaching and learning through innovative curricula and comprehensive support services to recruit and prepare STEM majors to teach in grades 7-12.
U-STEM focuses on increasing both the number and diversity of secondary STEM educators through the scholarship program. Partnerships with high-need schools and districts across metro Denver serve as sites for transformative preservice clinical experiences and in-service educator professional development. Providing tailored recruitment and retention to graduation of diverse students to STEM and STEM teaching through multiple pathways designed to meet the needs of metro Denver and Colorado.
Program highlights include:
- Scholarships for STEM majors pursuing secondary teacher licensure
- Recruit and prepare STEM majors to teach in high-need schools
- Establish an innovative induction program for Noyce U-STEM Teachers
- Online resources and tools
- Support for STEM students by a Student Success Professional
- Professional development for partner school mentor teachers
Grounded in the university's mission to equitably reshape existing structures and build innovative new collaborations, the goals and objectives for the Noyce U-STEM program include:
- Recruit and graduate diverse mathematics and science educators responsive to the needs of underrepresented communities through highly effective, inquiry based, integrated STEM instruction.
- Prepare and support Noyce U-STEM Scholars to become Noyce U-STEM Teachers through clinical experiences designed in collaboration with K - 12 school partners, and an innovative induction program.
- Assist K - 12 school partners and districts with professional development for STEM equity, developing teachers committed and able to work in high-need urban schools.
- Utilizing ongoing mixed methods research, develop and test effective recruitment and graduation strategies focused on increasing the percentage of under represented students majoring in STEM fields who enter the teaching profession.