Bryn Mawr Hosts Conference to Support Potential STEM Teachers

Posted May 17th, 2012 at 3:39 pm.

Faculty from over 20 colleges and universities will be attending a conference at Bryn Mawr focused on what liberal-arts colleges can do to prepare and support math and science majors interested in becoming science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers.

“The nation is facing a critical shortage of well-qualified math and science teachers,” says Bryn Mawr Math Professor Victor Donnay, a lead organizer of the conference. “Liberal-arts institutions, with our small education programs, prepare relatively few STEM teachers, but the teachers we do prepare have strong content knowledge, take on leadership roles, and have the potential to make a disproportionately large impact on the schools in which they teach. This conference will be looking at ways to work together to strengthen the teacher-preparation pipeline”

The conference, titled “Building a Network for Excellence in STEM Teacher Education at Liberal Arts Institutions: Doing Together What We Cannot Do Alone,” takes place Wednesday, May 30 through Friday, June 1. For more details visit the conference webpage.

The conference is sponsored by the Consortium for Excellence in Teacher Education and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The idea for this conference grew out of Donnay’s work as principal investigator of the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Noyce Teacher Scholarship program. This program, also funded by the NSF, provides scholarships to math and science majors and alumnae/i of the two colleges interested in becoming secondary teachers and teaching in high-needs school districts. Eligibility details and more information about the program is available online.

More on Donnay’s involvement in efforts to improve math and science education is available on his profile page.

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