Midwest Robert Noyce Conference Examines Strategies to Improve Math and Science Teaching

Release Date: 
Mar 31 2009

(MARCH 31, 2009) -- Teachers, professors, and student teachers from around the Midwest will gather on the campus of IUPUI this week to discuss strategies for preparing successful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers, at the Midwest Robert Noyce Regional Conference on April 2-3 at IUPUI's University Place Conference Center.

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a nationwide program to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 STEM teachers. Robert Noyce Scholars who become STEM teachers commit to teaching in high-need schools as a part of their scholarship.

IUPUI has two different Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Programs, coordinated through UCASE (the Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education), a joint effort between the School of Science, School of Education, and School of Engineering and Technology on the IUPUI campus. Through a combination of program development, STEM education research, and graduate and undergraduate scholarships, UCASE fosters the goals of all three schools in increasing the numbers of highly qualified K-12 STEM teachers in Indiana.

At the conference, sponsored by the NSF and the IUPUI Conference fund, participants will discuss common goals, strategies, and challenges of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, sharing best practices in teaching the STEM disciplines, engaging K-12 students, supporting new teaches in STEM disciplines, and examining the success and future of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Robert Noyce programs from 12 states will be represented at the meeting, including Illinois, Indiana, , Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Keynote speakers at the conference include Dr. Ken Tobin, Presidential Professor, City University of New York and NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar, and Tom Bloch, author of "Stand for the Best: What I Learned after Leaving My Job as CEO of H & R Block to Become a Teacher and Founder of an Inner-City Charter School".  Joan Prival, the NSF Program Director of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, will give closing remarks on April 3, 2009.

The Midwest Robert Noyce Conference will be held at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel, IUPUI, 850 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202. For more information, contact Dr. Kathleen A. Marrs at kmarrs@iupui.edu..