Educators Gather at UTeach Institute Conference to Discuss Boosting Number of Science Teachers

May 19, 2008

Event: Educators from around the country interested in replicating The University of Texas at Austin's successful UTeach program for preparing secondary math and science teachers will attend a three-day conference Tuesday through Thursday.

When: May 20-22.

Where: Thompson Conference Center on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

Background: The National Math and Science Initiative-UTeach Institute Conference is the largest national workshop since the UTeach program's inception 11 years ago. More than 230 educators will attend the three-day meeting, which starts at 1 p.m., Tuesday.

Attendees will learn more about the highly successful UTeach program and explore issues related to science and math education with university faculty, administrators and others implementing UTeach programs across the country.

The UTeach program is being replicated at 13 universities in the United States through the UTeach Institute and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). UTeach provides teacher preparation for undergraduate majors earning degrees in science, math and computer science without adding time or cost to their degrees. The result is that greater numbers of graduates with degrees in these fields are going into teaching careers.

The mission of NMSI is to advance math and science education in the United States by expanding programs with proven results on a national scale in order to have a positive impact on America's 50 million-student public school system.

Conference attendees will include representatives from recipients of NMSI-UTeach grants, including: Florida State University, Louisiana State University/Southeastern Louisiana University, Northern Arizona University, Temple University, University of Kansas, University of California-Berkeley, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of California-Irvine, University of Florida, University of Houston, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Dallas and Western Kentucky University.

Other attendees interested in the UTeach program are from universities from Tennessee to Monterrey, Mexico.

For more information, visit the UTeach Institute, UTeach Natural Sciences and the National Math and Science Initiative.

For more information, contact: Lee Clippard, College of Natural Sciences, 512-232-0675; Rena Pederson, NMSI, 214-665-2523.