$3 million grant awarded to help math and science teachers
By WRCB Staff
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
A $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation has been awarded to the Public Education Foundation (PEF), the Hamilton County Department of Education and Tennessee Tech University to help meet the need for math and science teachers in grades seven through twelve in the state.
The grant supports Project Inspire, which is a teacher residency program that helps people with math and science bachelor's degrees earn a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee Tech University while learning and teaching alongside a mentor teacher in a high needs classroom.
“Project Inspire graduates are currently teaching in eight of our high-need schools,” said Rick Smith, Hamilton County Department of Education superintendent. “All of our principals said they would hire another residency graduate again, and the data show that these teachers are more effective than many other first year teachers.”
Candidates will spend four days per week working with a mentor teacher and gradually taking on more teaching responsibilities.
As part of the program, they will also complete program-specific coursework, receive individual mentoring and coaching, and have access to other resources to help them along their way.
The two-year grant provides funding for 24 teacher candidates.