Teach for America | Teachers Teaching with Technology | UTeach | STEM Teacher Recognition Programs
TI recognizes that to increase the number of math- and science-capable students equipped to enter into and graduate from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based disciplines, we must invest in the development and certification of teachers. According to the National Math and Science Initiative, a math or science teacher reaches 125 students each year, on average. However, one out of four math teachers in the U.S. are not certified to teach math, and one out of five science teachers are not certified to teach science.
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Key programs that we supported in 2012 include:
Teach for America
Teach for America recruits, trains and supports top college graduates who commit to teach for two years in underserved public schools. In 2012, the TI Foundation gave $750,000 for the program to benefit schools in North Texas.
Teachers Teaching with Technology
TI's Education Technology business unit sponsors the Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) program, which includes face-to-face and online professional development institutes for educators. T3 has reached more than 100,000 teachers worldwide in 26 countries since 1986.
UTeach started at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin in 1997 as a new way to prepare secondary teachers in STEM fields. Since 2009, the TI Foundation has invested $2.95 million to expand UTeach programs at the University of North Texas and UT at Dallas, as well as through the National Math and Science Initiative for a new UTeach program at the UT at Arlington.
STEM Teacher Recognition Programs
We recognize and reward teachers and schools that make significant advancements in STEM education. These include:
- Our Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards, which the TI Foundation has given to more than 60 outstanding STEM middle and high school teachers in four North Texas districts since 2007. Each principal-nominated honoree receives a $10,000 award: $5,000 for their personal use and $5,000 for technology or professional development.
- The California Department of Education's California Teacher of the Year program, which recognizes 15 exemplary teachers who symbolize the profession's contributions to quality education.
- I Rock Math, a United Way of Metropolitan Dallas initiative that helps teachers implement innovative teaching practices designed to strengthen pre-algebra skills in sixth and seventh grade students in North Texas. Individual teachers and teaching teams apply for competitive grants that help them expand the impact of their effective teaching practices.
- The Junior League of Dallas' Grants for Innovative Teaching program, which provides $2,000 grants annually to teachers in the Dallas Independent School District.