UI, DMACC partner in project to train more diverse math teachers
The University of Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College announced they are collaborating on a new project aimed at increasing the number of secondary school mathematics teachers in Iowa from underrepresented communities. The National Science Foundation has awarded UI a grant of $1,233,606 to support the project, which is being led by two math education faculty members at the university. The project will provide 25 Robert Noyce Teacher scholarships to students studying mathematics over the five-year grant period, which began on July 1. The $13,000 Robert Noyce Teacher scholarship is awarded to exceptional science, technology, engineering and now mathematics students who plan on teaching in a high-need school district after graduation. The project team will be creating new coordinated recruitment strategies to encourage underrepresented students in mathematics courses at DMACC and UI to consider secondary mathematics teacher careers.