MIL-OSI USA: Capito Announces Grant to Concord University to Prepare STEM Teachers in Rural Schools

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US Senate News:

Source: United States Senator for West Virginia Shelley Moore Capito

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Related Agencies (CJS), announced a grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) to Concord University to serve the national need of increasing and retaining STEM teachers.
“In order for the United States to have a next generation workforce, we must invest in students early,” Senator Capito said. “I was proud to secure this grant for Concord University to help create a pipeline of new teachers for our rural schools and I am even prouder that they will be learning right here in West Virginia. This project will help rural students get a high-quality education at a young age that will help prepare them for STEM jobs in the future.”
Award details listed below:
$2,317,725 NSF grant to Concord University (Athens, W.Va.) for a project titled: “Utilizing Wrap Around Mentorship and Virtual Reality to Prepare and Sustain STEM Teachers in Rural High-Need Schools.” The proposed project will provide insight into the successful recruitment, preparation, and retention of STEM professionals who have chosen to pursue a career in STEM education. Through this funding, Concord University will deliver an online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) curriculum, implement a comprehensive wrap around mentorship program utilizing a virtual platform to connect a multidisciplinary team of mentors with the Teaching Fellows (TFs), develop and maintain a Professional Learning Community (PLC), and incorporate the use of Virtual Reality (VR) technology within the MAT curriculum. Furthermore, Concord University will utilize the virtual platform as well as data management software for ongoing mentoring and tracking of TFs as they fill STEM teaching positions in rural high-need P-12 schools.