The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is a national initiative sponsored by the National Science Foundation that seeks to increase the number of talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and career professionals who become K-12 mathematics and science teachers by providing scholarships, stipends and academic programs. Awardees commit to teaching two years in a high-need school district for each year of support they receive.
In the Greater Philadelphia region there had been seven colleges/universities that are associated with the Noyce Scholarship program. Bryn Mawr/Haverford Colleges, Drexel University, La Salle University, Saint Joseph’s University, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. These institutions of higher education, along with Arcadia University, West Chester University, the Community College of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Education Fund have formed the Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership (PRNP). They received an initial two-year $300,000 grant (2011-14) from NSF to build the capacity of the Noyce programs in the region and a second grant (2014-16) to develop and pilot a comprehensive New Teacher Support Program for Noyce Scholars. Taken together, these programs represent more than 200 math and science pre-service, novice, early career and master teachers, a valuable resource for school districts in the Phila
delphia area. In 2016, PRNP received its third NSF grant, Education for Sustainability-Philly Teacher Leadership Program, focused on supporting the School District of Philadelphia’s GreenFutures Sustainability Plan by developing a cadre of teacher leaders dedicated to integrating Education for Sustainability into their curriculum.
In 2018, six partner institutions of the Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership (PRNP), lead by Saint Joseph’s University, were awarded a $1.45 million National Science Foundation (NSF) five year collaborative grant to recruit, prepare and retain STEM Teachers. The Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership – Scholarship program partners include Arcadia University, Bryn Mawr College, Community College of Philadelphia, La Salle University , Saint Joseph’s University and Temple University. The project aims to:
- recruit 55 new STEM teachers in the next five years with the goal of:Increasing the number of STEM majors that enter and remain in teaching in high-need schools in the Philadelphia region
- Increase the social capital of Noyce program participants at all levels
- Increase Noyce teachers’ understanding of Culturally Responsive Teaching practices
- Increase Noyce teachers’ knowledge of Education for Sustainability content and pedagogical practices
In addition to offering up to $15,000 scholarships to students during their certification year, the program will support its Scholars through their active and continuous engagement in a cohort-based learning community during the pre-service year and for the first two years of their in-service teaching. Scholars will receive mentor support and opportunities for professional development. The project will also financially support 14 student interns from Community College of Philadelphia who are interested in exploring a career in STEM teaching through a summer program in which they will learn about and have the opportunity to practice STEM content pedagogy
To find out more about the PRNP contact Victor Donnay, Principal Investigator (firstname.lastname@example.org).