NSF grant will help develop STEM teachers

Scott Franklin

RIT and Nazareth College have won a $300,000 grant from 
the National Science Foundation to cultivate interest among RIT science majors in careers in secondary education.

The grant from the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholar Program will fund an RIT Learning Assistant program specifically for majors in physics, biology, chemistry and math in RIT’s College of Science. “The Learning Assistant program is the gateway through which RIT students can enter the Tech2Teach program and should increase the number of students who pursue secondary-education careers,” says Scott Franklin, professor of physics and director of the Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative at RIT. “As a result, public schools will ultimately be able to recruit from a pool of new teachers who have a deep knowledge of a STEM discipline as well as educational theory and practice.”