Warner School Announces Full Scholarships for Math, Science Teachers 

NSF Noyce Award to Prepare Future Teachers for Digitally-Rich Classrooms
Noyce scholarsThanks to funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the University of Rochester will be awarding a total of 26 full tuition scholarships over the next five years to prepare math and science teachers for high-need schools. In addition to obtaining a master’s degree and teacher certification at the Warner School of Education, scholarship recipients will receive a state-approved Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools. The recruiting and preparation of these teachers is a partnership between the Warner School of Education and the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University, as well as with the East Irondequoit School District and East High School. This project is funded by a $1.2 million grant from the NSF’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. 
A select number of awards are available immediately, for study beginning in May 2018. Applications are due by April 12 for candidates hoping to start immediately and be teaching by fall 2019.
This grant is the third award Warner has received in the past decade from the prestigious Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, which aims to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and career changers to become secondary math and science teachers in high-need urban and rural schools. Previous awards have prepared a total of 57 math and science teachers for high-need districts since the original Noyce grant was awarded in 2008.  This new grant will address the growing national demand for math and science teachers who are equipped to teach in digitally-rich classrooms and who can harness the power of digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning in math and science.
“As more districts across New York State are moving toward incorporating electronic devices in all classrooms, the new award recognizes the need for more math and science teachers who can thoughtfully utilize the plethora of digital programs into the classroom to promote student learning and achievement,” says Jeffrey Choppin, chair of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School who will serve as the principal investigator on this Noyce award. “These full-tuition scholarships will play a pivotal role in increasing the number of secondary teachers who can incorporate high-quality, digitally-based curriculum and instruction in high-need schools.”  
Over the next five years, the program will recruit, prepare, and retain 26 secondary math and science teachers who are prepared to use digital resources to provide rich learning experiences for students from diverse backgrounds. All Noyce scholars will complete their student teaching experiences in a school that is highly innovative in its use of technology and a school engaged in transformative urban educational practices, respectively. The first placement will be at East Irondequoit, a local pioneer in digital conversion, and the second placement at East High School, a secondary school within the Rochester City School District that is undergoing major transformations under the oversight of the University of Rochester. Students awarded the scholarships will also be required to teach for at least two years in a high-need district following the completion of the program.
Learn more about the Warner School’s graduate teacher preparation programs in mathematics and science and K-12 Digitally-Rich Teaching, as well as these special full-tuition scholarships. Contact admissions at admissions@warner.rochester.edu or (585) 275-3950 if you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity.
About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education offers graduate programs in teacher preparation, K-12 school leadership, higher education, education policy, counseling, human development, online teaching and learning, program evaluation, applied behavior analysis, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education also offers PhD programs and an accelerated EdD option that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 
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