STEM Results Profile of the Day - Teach for America
Submitted by Tommy Cornelis on October 11, 2012
In light of the pressing national need to grow the pool of talented STEM teachers in order close domestic achievement gaps and to improve America’s global competitiveness, Teach for America has designed and implemented a targeted STEM initiative that aims to: recruit more individuals to teach math and science; improve the preparation and support continuum in order to enhance the effectiveness of STEM teachers; and maximize the leadership and impact of alumni in and on STEM education.
In 2011-2012, around 3,200 secondary STEM corps members reached approximately 320,000 students across the U.S. To date 6,000 corps alumni have taught math and science. A 2009 Urban Institute and CALDER study of secondary teachers found the effects of Teach For America teachers in the math and sciences are about twice the effect of having a teacher with three years or more experience relative to having a novice teacher.