The UTeach Program is Fighting to Improve STEM Education in Our Communities


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Buried in this article are statistics that should be brought to the attention of all NSBE members.

In recent years, a nationwide problem with retaining effective teachers has surfaced, due to what’s known as the “revolving door” effect. Teachers often leave the profession within five years — before they’ve had the time to gain experience. Nationally, 65 percent of teachers are still in schools five years after starting, according to NMSI. But that high turnover rate is particularly harmful for students in disadvantaged schools, which typically receive a disproportionate amount of ineffective teachers.

Unfortunately, African Americans are over-represented in the disadvantage schools mentioned in the excerpt above. According to this article, the UTeach program is making some headway in changing the landscape of STEM education.

While the majority of UTeach partner programs at 35 other universities produced their first graduates during 2011-12, the retention rates are similar: 78 percent of graduates entered teaching, and 98 percent remained employed by a school or district as of January. The majority of those teachers (69 percent) are also working in low-income schools, according to UTeach.

Hopefully, the UTeach program will prove to be a major player in reversing the growing trend of inequality in the US.   To read the article for yourself, please click here

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