With a grant from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program, Saint Joseph’s University is working to increase the number of highly qualified math and science secondary school teachers working in high need school districts. Collaborating with the School District of Philadelphia, the project is recruiting current and incoming undergraduate students to the SJU five-year BS/MS programs in mathematics and science secondary education by providing support in the form of educational outreach opportunities for undergraduates in their first two years and tuition scholarships during their fourth and fifth years. In return for these scholarships, graduates of the program commit to teaching in Philadelphia and other high-need public schools. Scholarship recipients are being mentored in their beginning teaching years through the Urban Teacher Collaborative, a program developed at SJU and supported by this grant, which provides monthly workshops for exploring issues specific to teaching math and science in urban high schools.
In its final year of the five year grant with a likely extension into a sixth year, the Noyce program at SJU currently has 8 Noyce Scholars all teaching math and science in Philadelphia with several more scholars in the pipeline. We have worked with half a dozen schools and nature centers providing summer internships for over 30 SJU undergraduates and educational opportunities for over 100 Philadelphia school students. Our more experienced Noyce Scholars are beginning to mentor our more recent graduates and pre-service teachers, and together with other Noyce Scholars in the region are coming together at PRNP sponsored events to build community.
Learn more about the Saint Joseph’s Department of Education here. The Saint Joseph’s University representative to the Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership is Dr. Tanya Berozovski, Associate Professor of Mathematics.