Susan Johnson, program director of Cal Teach, and students from the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara will present a workshop at the 2011 Western Regional Noyce Conference on March 26. The presentation, “Getting Ideas to Stay Put without Duct Tape,” will involve the attendees in looking at the ways in which they can prepare science lessons that engage students, focus their thinking on the big ideas, and give those ideas tenacity. Along with Johnson, the presenters will be three Noyce Scholars: current scholars Natalie Behr (science) and Jacob Sproule (mathematics) and 2009-10 scholar Kate Dickinson (science).
The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program – funded through the National Science Foundation – seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and math majors and professionals to become K-12 math and science teachers and provides funding to support scholarships, stipends, and programs for students who commit to teaching in high-needs K-12 school districts. In 2009 the National Science Foundation, through its Division of Undergraduate Education, awarded a $900,000 grant to UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School to help support the education of mathematics and science teachers in the Cal Teach program. The funding, made available as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provides $10,000 fellowships for 75 teacher candidates pursuing their Masters Degree – 15 candidates a year for five years.
The Western Regional Noyce Conference is a great professional development opportunity for Noyce scholars, mentor teachers, and project staff to meet, network and discuss issues pertinent to teaching in high need schools. By attending the conference, scholars will increase their knowledge and strategies to enhance student learning in their classrooms, making them better prepared for their teaching assignments and closing the achievement gap.
[The Gevirtz School presenters are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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