Jimmy Padilla: CalTeach Success Story
Jimmy Padilla, trying to make it from a tough background in LA, nearly failed out of UCSB. But persistence, hard work, and courses in CalTeach gave him focus. Read his story here.
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CalTeach Prepares Exceptional K-12 Teachers in Science and Mathematics
CalTeach is a University of California system-wide program to recruit, prepare, and support exceptional K-12 science and mathematics teachers. The initiative began in response to both state and national concerns about the critical shortage of qualified science and mathematics teachers.
CalTeach at UCSB includes opportunities for both undergraduate students and graduate teacher credential candidates. These opportunities are outlined below.
At the undergraduate level, CalTeach combines quality courses and classroom experiences to prepare students to enter a teacher education program, such as the UCSB Gevirtz School’s Teacher Education Program. Many students taking CalTeach courses opt to fulfill the Science and Mathematics Education Minor, which has two tracks. One track is for prospective elementary teachers and the second is for prospective secondary teacher. In addition, the Noyce CalTeach Physical Sciences and Engineering (CTPSE) program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), provides internship opportunities for undergraduates pursuing majors in chemistry, engineering, computer science, and physics to explore teaching as a career. Learn more about Noyce CTPSE here.
At the graduate teacher education level, those who have taken CalTeach courses and/or participated in the CalTeach Physical Sciences and Engineering program as undergraduates are given preference for the NSF Noyce Teacher Scholar awards. For 2016-2018, the Noyce CalTeach Physical Sciences and Engineering award is available for students seeking a secondary credential in chemistry or physics in the UCSB Teacher Education Program. For 2016-2020, the Noyce STEM Teachers for English Language Learners: Excellence and Retention (STELLER) award is available for students seeking a secondary credential in mathematics or science, again in the UCSB Teacher Education Program.
Both Noyce Scholar awards require recipients to commit to two years of teaching in a high-need school. Noyce Teacher Scholars also participate in regular enrichment activities and join a community of Noyce Teacher Scholars in California and the nation. For additional financial support for secondary science and mathematics teachers, see the Financial Support link on the left. Learn more information about Noyce CTPSE and Noyce STELLER here.
Science and Mathematics Teacher Education Scholarship Opportunities
Application for Noyce CalTeach Physical Sciences and Engineering, Noyce STELLER, and Hearst Scholarships for Mathematics and Science Teacher Candidates for 2016-17: CLOSED for 2016-2017
Applications for Noyce CalTeach Physical Sciences and Engineering Undergraduate Internship 2016-17: CLOSED for 2016-2017
Undergraduate Opportunity: UCSB Learning Assistants Program in Chemistry
The Learning Assistants Program in Chemistry achieves the following goals: (1) to improve the quality of science education for all undergraduates; and (2) to recruit and prepare talented science majors for careers in teaching. LAs work directly with peers in the general chemistry laboratory in a role similar to that of a Teaching Assistant (TA). This experience provides an opportunity for the LAs to develop deeper chemistry content knowledge, communication skills, and teaching skills; an understanding of the learning process; and a sense of compassion towards those students struggling to learn concepts. As the LAs learn about STEM education pedagogy, they can practice what they learn as LAs in the chemistry lab.
To receive course credit, LAs enroll in CHEM 183, a Teaching Assistant course for undergrads. CHEM 183 will meet Friday, 11-11:50 AM, in Phelps 1508.
To apply, click on the following: Chem 183 Learning Assistant Application F15
ANNUAL NOYCE LECTURES IN SCIENCE EDUCATION FOR UCSB CAMPUS
Harvard Physicist and Physics Educator, Dr. Eric Mazur, presented "Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning" at UCSB on November 7, 2014 in Corwin Pavilion.
Physics Nobel Laureate and nationally recognized science educator, Dr. Carl Wieman, presented "Taking a Scientific Approach to Science and Engineering Education" at UCSB on February 19, 2013. See his PowerPoint on the need to reform undergraduate science education. Read the news article about Dr. Wieman's visit.
To Learn More about CalTeach
For more information about UCSB's CalTeach contact:
UCSB CalTeach Program Director
For more information on the UC-wide CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative: http://calteach.universityofcalifornia.edu/