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IUPUI to Participate in NBC's Education Week; Event Coincides with Recruitment of Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows

Release Date: 
Sep 27 2010

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NBC News will launch its first annual “Education Nation” this week - a national conversation about improving education in America, broadcast live from New York City. Hosted by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a kickoff event at 2:00 pm E.S.T. Monday will introduce a new national initiative, the TEACH campaign, to encourage students to consider teaching as a profession.

The summit highlights one of the most pressing national issues of our time: Education in America. At a time when 68% of eighth graders cannot read at their grade level and American students rank 25th in math and 21st in science compared to 30 other industrialized countries, "Education Nation" brings together more than 300 members of US government, politics, business and technology – as well as school administrators, teachers, parents and students – to tackle the challenges in education and highlight exciting opportunities and big ideas in education reform. The event also represents a unique opportunity to work with colleges and universities across the country to share this significant message with large groups of undergraduate students.

IUPUI will lead a series of events this week related to Education Nation to highlight the importance of the teaching profession to college students, with an emphasis on attracting college freshmen and underrepresented minority students to teaching, Master’s degree programs for “career changers” who are thinking about teaching as a second career, and new IUPUI initiatives to increase college graduation success.

  • Monday Sept 27: Over 600 IUPUI Freshmen science majors will hear about opportunities for STEM teaching and teaching scholarships at IUPUI during a morning session led by Dr. Kathy Marrs, Director of UCASE, the Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education. The presentation will showcase IUPUI’s many scholarships for students seeking a career in teaching, including the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teach Science scholarship and the Robert Noyce Summer Internship program that recently earned IUPUI national attention.
  • Wednesday Sept 29: A public information session for students and career changers interested in the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program will be held from 7:00-8:00 pm in IT 267 at IUPUI. The WWITF Program is a prestigious fellowship program funded by the Lilly Endowment for individuals wishing to become STEM teachers in high need school districts in Indiana, and provides a competitive $30,000 scholarship to earn a Master’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) Education, with the option for dual Special Education certification offered only at IUPUI due to a recent $3 million Department of Education grant awarded to Dr. Pat Rogan, Executive Associate Dean of the School of Education at IUPUI.
  • Thursday Sept 30: A kickoff meeting will be held for IUPUI faculty involved in a new $1.9 million National Science Foundation STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP), recently awarded to Dr. Jeff Watt and colleagues in the Schools of Science and Engineering and Technology. The STEP grant provides new STEM summer bridge programs, undergraduate course transformations, and 2+2 degree programs between IUPUI, Ivy Tech and Butler University to enhance four-year graduation rates among STEM majors at IUPUI over the next 5 years.

For more information about “Education Nation” including a list of participants and schedule of events, visit www.educationnation.com, or follow @EducationNation on Twitter. Special news coverage and programming will air across all NBC News programs throughout the week of September 27th, on NBC “Nightly News,” “Today,” “Meet the Press,” “Your Business,” MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, msnbc.com and nbclearn.com. Education Nation Media Contact: Summer Wilkie - 212-413-6776 or Summer.Wilkie@nbcuni.com

For more information about becoming a teacher, please contact Dr. Pat Rogan, Executive Associate Dean of the School of Education (progan@iupui.edu, 274-6862). To learn more about UCASE, a partnership between the School of Education, School of Science, and the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, see www.iupui.edu/ucase/. Please direct inquiries about UCASE programs to Director Dr. Kathy Marrs (kmarrs@iupui.edu), or Operations Director Kim Nguyen (knguyen@iupui.edu, 284-1126).