Millions in grant money to bring STEM teachers to Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A multi-million dollar grant will help educate and bring more teachers to Indiana. The grant is worth $9.7 million.

It’s from the state’s STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund, and will focus on the four STEM subjects; science, technology, engineering and math.

Gov. Mike Pence announced the grant during Wednesday’s Indiana Career Council meeting.

Thirteen school districts and education organizations applied for the grant. Ten were awarded money.

Pence says STEM subjects are critical in preparing students for the working world.

The grant money will help college students earn degrees in those subjects.

It will also recruit those soon-to-be teachers to start their careers in Indiana.

“The school teacher I’ve been married to for 28 years taught me a long time ago what I probably already knew from growing up, that is a good teacher makes all the difference. And in this case, Indiana is poised to continue to promote and advance STEM education,”  Pence said.

There’s no exact time table on when the applicants will get the money. Those that were awarded part of the grant all received less than what they had requested. Each group will have to fine-tune their plan to fit the new amount.

Here are a few examples of how the money will be used.

The Hamilton Southeastern School Corp. will get $188,100. It will allow seniors in high school to take college level courses related to STEM.

Also, more $3,716,304 will go to the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program. It will allow college graduates who specialize in STEM subjects to complete their Master’s Degrees.

Here is the list of applicants that received grant money according to the Indiana Education Round Table:

  • Teach for America                                                                                          $1,976,426

Recent college graduates will be recruited to teach STEM subjects in Indianapolis and northwest Indiana low-income schools; Participants commit to at least two year teaching assignments in Indiana schools with high at-risk student populations; more than 70 percent of Indiana Teach for America participants continue to teach in Indiana beyond their initial commitment. Teach or America’s participants receive training through Marian University and the University of Phoenix.

  • Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program                       $3,716,304

By recruiting recent college graduates and professionals who have already completed undergraduate degrees in STEM fields, the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program has partnered with Ball State University, the University of Indianapolis, Purdue University, and IUPUI to support 180 participants complete Master’s Degrees to become licensed to teach STEM subjects.  Graduates commit to teach for at least three years in Indiana schools with high at-risk student populations.

  • Independent Colleges of Indiana                                                                $1,529,550

The 31 Indiana independent, non-profit colleges and universities will collaborate to train more STEM teachers by (1) strengthening STEM preparation for pre-service teachers to become licensed in STEM subjects; (2) expanding STEM graduate course opportunities for teachers to complete licensing requirements in STEM subjects; and (3) organizing course and other training for teachers to become certified to teach STEM dual credit courses.

  • University of Southern Indiana Foundation                                                 $ 835,138

The University of Southern Indiana departments of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, physics, mathematics, and teacher education will recruit STEM majors to complete secondary education teacher licensure requirements and will support elementary education majors interested in completing science teaching or elementary/middle level math minors. Program participants – Teaching Eagles – will also be engaged in co-curricular service learning opportunities.

  • Indiana Association of Career & Technical Education Directors             $ 290,881

The IACTED will partner with the Indiana Department of Education, Ball State University, Indiana State University, IUPUI and Vincennes University to recruit and train teachers for STEM career and technical education courses. Participants will complete the Workplace Specialist I CTE teacher training program and Workplace Specialist II licensure requirements.

  • Conexus                                                                                                              $ 393,141

Through the development of the Hire Technology advanced manufacturing and logistics curriculum for high school students, Conexus is preparing students for middle-skills jobs in high wage economic growth sectors. Conexus will expand the recruitment and training of Hire Technology teacher by including pre-service teachers at Marian University and Ball State University. Additionally, Conexus will recruit college graduates and working professionals to complete Hire Technology teaching certification requirements through Ivy Tech Community College.

  • Indiana After School Network                                                                          $ 311,850

The Indiana After School Network will partner with Marian University and Indiana University-South Bend to recruit undergraduate STEM majors who are not yet enrolled in teacher education programs and pre-service teacher education students who are not yet in STEM fields to participate in STEM instructional activities for students during out-of-school time. Through the Ignite! Scholars Program, these undergraduate students will engage students in after school programs at Indiana Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center, using NASA Ignite and First Robotics curricula.

  • Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation Foundation                           $ 188,100

By establishing “senior academies” to transform the senior year of high school so that eligible students can complete college coursework, the Hamilton  Southeastern School Corporation will train teachers to be licensed or certified to teach STEM Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses and STEM dual credit courses in partnership with three of the state’s major research universities (Purdue University, Indiana University, and Ball State University).

  • Purdue University Research Foundation: Agricultural Science                 $ 173,250

To increase the number of agricultural science teachers, Purdue University will partner with Vincennes University, Ivy Tech-Columbus, and Ivy Tech-Ft. Wayne to recruit students completing agricultural science associate degrees to transfer to baccalaureate degree agricultural science teacher licensure programs. This 2 + 2 model will be supplemented with a distance-based introductory agricultural science education course to be offered to associate degree students.

  • Project Lead the Way                                                                                           $ 247,500

Recognized as a national leader in high school engineering and biomedical science curricula, Project Lead the Way will expand training opportunities for teachers to become certified to teach PLTW Pathway to Engineering, Biomedical Science, and Gateway Technology courses and curricula.  PLTW will focus on    STEM career and technical education pathways for high school students aligned with work-based learning opportunities, particularly in advanced manufacturing.

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