The University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education has received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, in order to enhance and expand current efforts to prepare K-12 master teachers in math and science in the Rochester City School District, officials from the school stated.
The funding will allow 14 teachers to assume leadership positions in math and science in RCSD, through the UR Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellows (MTF) Program, over the course of five years. In addition, the training will provide teachers with intensive professional development to engage in school reform efforts, and provide leadership in math and science in high-need schools.
The school initially received $3 million for Phase I of the program, which launched in 2010. The current combined funding of $5 million will also allow the university to continue the program in RCSD, as well as the Geneva City School District and the Newark Central School District, U of R officials said.
The program will also include a new focus on online teaching and learning, as well as a new emphasis on serving English Language Learners (ELLs); supporting teachers with the rollout of the Common Core State Standards; and potential new national standards in science.
“Receiving this new grant will allow us to continue to work to address the critical need to improve STEM instruction in urban classrooms,” Cynthia Callard, principal investigator on the project, stated. “We are pleased that the National Science Foundation shares our commitment to the support of science and math teachers, and has recognized the university’s success with a grant that will enable the program to grow and expand its work. Together, both grants will allow us to increase the number of STEM master teachers in the region who can teach and mentor other educators and have an immediate impact on their students.”