April 2017, Vol. 1

HR Extras

UTeach program producing quality STEM teachers

Established 20 years ago by the University of Texas at Austin, UTeach is a program dedicated to producing more effective math and science teachers in high quantities.

The program has expanded to 44 universities in 21 other states and is expected to produce more than 9,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2020. A recent report from the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) found students taught by UTeach teachers perform significantly better on end-of-grade tests in math and end-of-course tests in math and science by 5 to 12 percent of a standard deviation on the test, depending on the grade and subject.

Students taught by UTeach program graduates are estimated to accrue four to six months of additional learning in a nine-month school year, according to the report.

The study also found evidence UTeach partner universities produce a higher number STEM teachers after implementing the program. Consequently, the program improves the overall quality of the STEM workforce by producing more above-average teachers from universities.

To learn more about the UTeach program, checkout their website at https://uteach.utexas.edu/.

TEA soliciting recommendations on teacher and principal talent pool

Education professionals are invited to endorse distinguished classroom teachers and principals to be included in the Texas talent pool, according to a Texas Education Agency (TEA) press release.

The recommendations are the starting point for nominations and applications for the long-standing Milken Foundation National Educator Awards.

TEA asks interested parties to complete a Talent Pool Recommendation form for each individual, including a one-page letter explaining how the nominated educator fits the listed criteria.  

All nominations are due 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28.