Home Invites Members Groups Events Careers Videos News Photos Blogs Polls Forums Chat
Home > News > Post Content

Alcorn State University’s School of Education and Psychology awarded over $1 Million grant for STEM educators (105 hits)

A new grant at Alcorn State University that focuses on preparing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students to enter the field of education will lead them a step closer to their dream.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Alcorn's School of Education and Psychology over $1.1 million in grant funding for the School's "Be Brave, Teach STEM: Building a Diverse Teacher STEM Workforce in Mississippi" program. The program is designed to follow the aim of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to ensure that talented STEM majors become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The NSF grant will allow the university to serve as a STEM educator hub for rural southwest Mississippi.

Dr. LaShundia Carson, who served as the principal investigator on the grant, acknowledged her colleagues' efforts in helping to secure the monumental grant. The grant will not only benefit Alcorn, but also surrounding school districts such as Adams, Claiborne, Jefferson, Warren, and Wilkinson counties.

"I feel very appreciative to have been a part of the team that worked diligently to provide a new pathway to assist junior and senior STEM majors in becoming STEM teacher candidates," said Carson. "After speaking with Dr. Malinda Butler (former associate dean of the School), I felt compelled to address the lack of STEM teachers in high-need school districts. All students deserve to have qualified teachers, so it is equally exciting that we will be able to assist partner school districts by increasing the number of STEM teachers needed in these critical shortage areas."

Carson also thanks Alcorn alumnus Dr. Mitchell Shears (‘98) for sharing his grant writing experience to help their alma mater.

The four components of the Be Brave program will consist of Marketing, Recruiting, and Selection; Pre-Noyce Scholars Support; Noyce Pre-Service Teacher-Scholars Support; and Novice Teachers Support. The program will also build on the conceptual framework for the School. The School will implement the 5E Instructional Model, which is considered to be one of the most innovative approaches for effective classroom instruction. This model will be embedded in the project activities and contributes to the conceptual understanding of science and mathematics in pre-service teachers.

The School will award 36 scholarships to junior and senior STEM majors. Upon accepting the scholarships, students will be required to serve as STEM teachers in high-need school districts. Carson gave a brief description of how the School plans to equip its STEM student teachers.

"We will provide scholars with mentoring, intrusive advising, teacher boot camps, workshops, and clinics. Students will also attend professional conferences and given support during their novice years as educators."

The project will allow the university to be creative in being strategically aligned with the strategies included in the Mississippi State Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators and will serve as a national model for other minority-serving institutions, especially HBCUs.



-ALCORN-

Alcorn State University is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally competitive leaders, and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships that benefit the surrounding communities, state, nation, and world.

----
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Thursday, June 20th 2019 at 5:12PM
You can also click here to view all posts by this author...

Report obscenity | post comment
Share |
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
$2.25 Million Awarded to Alabama State University for its Bioengineering and NanoBiotechnology
Alabama State University Awarded $1.47 Million from NIH to Train Students in Biomedical Research!
Alcorn State University family officially welcomes 20th president, Dr. Felecia M. Nave
Two Oakwood University Legends Publish Book on Preaching
New UNCF Scholarship Offers Oakwood University Students Debt Relief
UNCF Study, Proves HBCUS Out-Perform Expectations in Graduating Students, Strengthening Economies
Oakwood University's OLA Opens La Casita for Latino Students
Oakwood University Hosts the Adventist English Association Conference
Forward This Article Entry!
News Home

(Advertise Here)
Who's Online
>> more | invite 
Latest Photos
>> more | add
Most Popular Bloggers
elly moss has logged 63023 blog subscribers!
tanisha laverne grant has logged 51911 blog subscribers!
>> more | add 
Latest Member Activity
bonnie bailey just edited her profile. 03:10PM
bonnie bailey just became a new member. 03:05PM
les martin just became a new member. 06:21PM
victoria sedwick just edited her profile. 03:03PM
victoria sedwick just became a new member. 02:55PM
destiny foreman just edited her profile. 08:22AM
ramatu abdul hamid just became a new member. 10:44AM
taylor moore just became a new member. 12:45AM
jordan bryant just edited her profile. 08:47PM
jordan bryant just became a new member. 08:39PM
jeffrey coleman just became a new member. 01:31PM
janessha strong just posted a photos entitled 'janessha'. 03:01PM
>> more | invite friends