• N-STEAD Overview


  • The goal of the $1.1 million, National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Noyce STEM Teacher Education in the Arkansas Delta (N-STEAD) program is to recruit and develop high-achieving Hendrix College science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors to be effective teachers. We aim to:

    • Recruit a minimum of 19 Hendrix STEM undergraduates with internships and scholarships into careers in secondary teaching in the Delta (approximately tripling the number of graduating STEM preservice teachers relative to 2011-2012);
    • Develop the instructional leadership of preservice Hendrix STEM teachers by intentionally engaging them with underserved students in formal and informal STEM education settings that reflect the culture of the Delta; and
    • Support novice Hendrix STEM teachers serving in the Delta through a two-year induction program which will extend their professional development in pedagogy, content, and culture.

    We will encourage science and mathematics students to redirect their career paths from a profession in a laboratory into one focused on strengthening the science and mathematics skills of the next generation in the Delta through two major N-STEAD initiatives:  N-STEAD Scholars and N-STEAD Interns. These two initiatives will develop high quality STEM teachers who not only have an understanding of STEM education but also insights into Delta culture. We expect that our resulting teacher education model will be of interest to other teacher education programs nationally, thus expanding the impact of this NSF-supported effort.
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