Answering a call to ensure
Officials with the university and the Florida Department of Education jointly announced this month that UF’s
The project’s most noteworthy feature is the creation of prototype “teacher induction” programs to support teachers in their first two years on the job. Induction will involve online and face-to-face mentoring, professional development, and networking opportunities with their peers. Center faculty and staff also will assist partnering school districts in creating coaching programs for novice science and math teachers.
To coordinate the project, UF has established a program called Florida STEM-Teacher Induction and Professional Support, also known as
Griffith Jones, a UF science education professor and principal investigator of the project, will oversee development of statewide teacher induction activities. Jones said they will start in Dade, Duval and
“The induction support activities will ensure that the training and collegial support of teachers-in-training won’t end at graduation, but will continue into their first two years of teaching,” Jones said. “We aim to work with districts to reverse the lack of teacher induction support that historically drives nearly one-third of new teachers from the classroom by their third year of teaching.”
Jones said induction activities for new math and science teachers will include professional-development training in new curriculum standards and high-engagement instructional practices, on-the-job training programs, and grade-specific mentoring.
UF professors with the center also will lead Webinars and create a Web-based gateway for collaborating and sharing information so science and math educators can network with peers across the state.
The need for reform in STEM teacher education is well documented. In
Supported by the DOE grant, UF professors also will travel to state universities to share information on a highly touted STEM teacher preparation program called UTeach, which is the model for the
“We are poised to make an important leap in STEM education in
As part of the state grant, UF is providing technical assistance to Florida Institute of Technology in
For more information, visit the Florida STEM-TIPS website at http://education.ufl.edu/stem-tips.