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University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler NOYCE Program

NSF Awards: 1035462

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)


The University of Texas at Tyler UTeach program is unique that it is housed at the second smallest UTeach replication site in the country. The program also prepares teachers for rural settings in East Texas. The NSF Noyce Award was instrumental for the success of the UTeach replication. UT Tyler was the top producer of STEM Teachers for Cohort 2 of UTeach Institution during the award period. The video will also highlight the unique teacher preparation opportunities associated with the Noyce Scholars at UT Tyler. This included placement and preparation in a university STEM Charter School, the Innovation Academy at UT Tyler, and opportunities to participate in informal STEM at the UT Tyler managed Science Discovery Place as well as the Mobile STEM Lab. The video will highlight the experiences of NOYCE scholars as well as the settings in which they were prepared.

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Discussion from the NSF 2016 STEM For All Video Showcase (10 posts)
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    Michael Odell

    Lead Presenter
    Co-Director UTeach
    May 17, 2016 | 10:25 a.m.

    The Noyce Program was instrumental in helping us recruit and produce new STEM teachers. This short video will provide an overview of the program with data charts and some classroom footage. I apologize if the first slide takes about a minute…I am a rookie filmmaker. The rest of the video should be very informative. If you have any strategies or suggestions for recruiting STEM teachers, please feel free to share during the session.

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    Brian Drayton

    Co-Principal Investigator
    May 17, 2016 | 01:26 p.m.

    Sounds like a very interesting project: I like the emphasis on supporting induction teachers in such a way that they assume the role of mentor after they are grounded in their practice.
    A few times the video refers to the particular needs or characteristics of these rural students – what are some of the key ones that are challenges for a new teacher? Is the experience different for a teacher who’s from the area?

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    Michael Odell

    Lead Presenter
    Co-Director UTeach
    May 17, 2016 | 04:26 p.m.

    The biggest instructional challenge for rural STEM teachers is being the lone science or math teacher for a grade level or even multiple grade levels. For children the biggest challenge seems to be access to advanced courses in STEM.

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    Jorge Solis

    Assistant professor
    May 18, 2016 | 10:30 a.m.

    Thanks Michael for sharing your work! We are in dire need of more STEM teachers nationally and in Texas. Are participants using particular instructional approaches or lesson models in their teaching?

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    Sarah Gerard

    Education Researcher
    May 18, 2016 | 11:50 a.m.

    Thanks for sharing your work! Sounds like a great program. I’m sure that being the lone science or math teacher for several grade levels in a rural school would come with all kinds of challenges. What sorts of ongoing supports help those rural STEM teachers succeed?

  • Barbara Berns

    May 18, 2016 | 10:28 p.m.

    What a nice surprise to see your video and learn about your current work. The rural needs are still not getting enough attention and your work can inform others.

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    Kelly Pudelek

    Survey Specialist
    May 18, 2016 | 11:04 p.m.

    Great to hear about your work! Can you further describe the mentoring program and the training for leadership roles?

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    Michael Odell

    Lead Presenter
    Co-Director UTeach
    May 18, 2016 | 11:15 p.m.

    Lots of great questions.
    1. Instructional Methods: Our preservice teachers complete the UTeach Curriculum. There is a heavy emphasis on PBL and other inquiry approaches. The following link outlines the program: https://institute.uteach.utexas.edu/curriculum-...

    2. All teachers that finish the program have the option of participating in online or live induction/ mentoring. Keeping contact has been very important for many of the new teachers since many are somewhat isolated due to the small size of their districts.
    3. Our mentoring program approach varies by distance. Basically, our Master Teachers keep in contact and we also invite them all to participate in our funded teacher PD. We train our mentors in a Teacher residency model that is translated for new teachers.

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    Marian Pasquale

    Senior Research Scientist
    May 19, 2016 | 11:34 a.m.

    Mike, it’s good to see that you’re still out there doing good work. The video mentions that students go into classrooms from the get go. Besides the 10 week summer program and mentoring, do they receive any additional PD?

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    Michael Odell

    Lead Presenter
    Co-Director UTeach
    May 22, 2016 | 04:17 p.m.

    They do. They also attend the same PD their clinical teachers attend depending on the class..

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