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Rep. Kathleen Rice Announces $1.2 Million Grant For Adelphi University to Support Next Generation Science Teachers

National Science Foundation Grant will help meet the national need for high-quality science teachers in high-need school districts

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Garden City, NY, April 23, 2019 | comments

GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that the National Science Foundation has awarded $1,199,752 in federal grant funding to Adelphi University’s Adelphi's Scholar Teacher Education Program to recruit, support, and prepare 24 science teachers, including those from typically underrepresented groups, to take STEM teaching positions in high-needs school districts. This project is a partnership between Adelphi University, Mineola Public Schools, New York City Department of Education/Queens High School for Teaching, Global Kids, Operation SPLASH, and Nassau Community College.

Undergraduates working to obtain baccalaureate degrees in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics or environmental studies will be recruited through Adelphi's Scholar Teacher Education Program, a five-year, combined baccalaureate and master's program for students preparing to teach at the adolescent level. They will receive support from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (Noyce) for their junior, senior, and master's years. In addition, one year of support will be provided to STEM Professionals (i.e. graduates from STEM programs and/or career changers from STEM fields) as they earn Master of Arts in Education degrees with teacher certification. This grant aims to address an acute shortage of well-prepared grade 7-12 science teachers on Long Island and in Queens, New York.

“Right now, we’re facing a national shortage of educators who are equipped to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – subjects that are critical to preparing students for college and the 21st-century economy,” said Representative Kathleen Rice. “That’s why this grant program is so important – it will allow Adelphi University to recruit, train and support new STEM teachers for our local schools. This vital funding will ensure that our students receive an education today that will prepare them for the job market of tomorrow.”

"As Principal Investigator, I am delighted to see this project funded,” said Dr. Tracy Hogan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Science Education. “This grant serves to unite the efforts of the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences at Adelphi University, Mineola School District, Queens High School of Teaching/NYCDOE, Global Kids and Operation SPLASH. We see this as a great opportunity to advance the vision and mission of Adelphi University in its commitment to supporting the development of science teachers working in our underserved school districts on Long Island and in the metropolitan area.”

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