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ENABLE STEM: EHE's new teacher preparation grant

EHE Office of Research
October 31, 2016

The Department of Teaching and Learning has a long history of collaboration with Columbus City Schools, focusing on urban teaching and learning as evidenced by previous work on the U.S. Department of Education-funded ASPIRE (Apprenticeships Supported by Partnerships for Innovation and Reform in Education) program, as well as the Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows program. Project ASPIRE (Principal Investigator Sandra Stroot, 2009-2015, $13M) provided teacher candidates with deep content knowledge, preparing them for success as teachers who support the learning of all children, particularly those attending schools in high-need, urban areas.

EHE’s newest award is funded by the National Science Foundation through their Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. The focus of the Noyce Program is on programming that addresses the critical need for recruiting and preparing highly effective K-12 STEM teachers, especially in high-need local school districts.

The project, Empowering Noyce Apprenticeships by Leadership Engagement in STEM Teaching (ENABLE-STEM), is led by principal investigator Karen Irving and co-investigators Patricia Brosnan, Lin Ding, Valerie Kinloch (all from Teaching and Learning) and Larry Krissek (Department of Earth Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences). The anticipated total award amount is just under $1.4M. Additional partners include the Columbus City Schools (CCS), and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI).

The components of the program include a strong teacher preparation experience with a prolonged field experience in CCS, close collaboration with informal science educators at COSI, and a four-year induction support system. An Urban Teaching Seminar (UTS) specifically designed for the ENABLE-STEM Fellows will provide additional background and support for teachers in the unique context of an urban, high-needs school. The ENABLE program will also continue to implement the co-planning/co-teaching model for student teaching developed by Patty Brosnan (Teaching and Learning) and implemented during Project ASPIRE. This model supports mentor teacher and student teacher teams by maintaining a consistent focus on the impact on student learning of pedagogical choices in the classroom.

The six year ENABLE-STEM program will provide full tuition for two cohorts of up to a total of 16 graduate students to complete the three-semester EHE Master of Education (MEd) program. Fellows are required to have already completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics or science and meet the National Science Teachers Association or the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards for science or mathematics content preparation for teaching at the secondary level before they enter the program. In addition, fellows will receive salary supplements during their next four years teaching at a school in a high needs district. The total value of the award for each participant is an estimated $67,000.

For more information about this project or research opportunities, email Brittany Garvin.

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