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Warner School receives grant to develop math, science teachers

By NATE DOUGHERTY - 9/12/2011 3:26:54 PM

The University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education has received a $749,994 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program to better address the shortage of highly qualified math and science teachers locally.

The funding will encourage more talented science, technology, engineering, and math undergraduate majors and professionals to become certified K-12 math and science teachers, UR officials said. The effort aims to expand the number of quality teachers serving the Rochester City School District and other high-need districts across state, officials added.

The grant follows an earlier $760,983 grant to the UR’s Robert Noyce Scholars Program, which targets teacher preparation for high-need schools. The program was launched three years ago through a partnership of the Warner School; the Colleges of Arts, Sciences and Engineering; and the Rochester City School District. The combined funding of $1.5 million provides full tuition scholarships to STEM undergraduates and professionals who wish to pursue a career in teaching.

“Receiving these two competitive grants is a great tribute to our teacher preparation programs and to the strong collaborative efforts among education faculty at Warner and STEM faculty at the college, as well as with the Rochester City School District and Rochester Museum and Science Center,” said Raffaella Borasi, dean of the Warner School and principal investigator on both grants.

“Together, both grants will continue to allow us to prepare graduate students to develop strong teaching skills and prepare them for meeting the challenges of working in underserved school districts most in need of committed, talented, and well-prepared math and science educators,” Borasi said.

The grant will allow 27 new Noyce scholars to enroll tuition-free into one of the Warner School’s 15-month graduate teacher preparation programs in mathematics or science over the next three years, officials said. In return, the Noyce Scholars will commit to teach for at least two years in Rochester or another high-need district upon successful completion of their master’s program.

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