Breakout session:
Motivating and preparing students for careers as K-12 science/math teachers

Breakout session:
Motivating and preparing students for careers as K-12 science/math teachers

Saturday, September 6, 2003
10:30 - 11:45 am

John W. Emert, Professor & Assistant Chair, Department of Mathematical Sciences- Ball State University
William H. Rauckhorst, Senior Associate to the Provost- Miami University
Joanne Goodell, Assistant Professor of Mathematics- Cleveland State University


The state of Ohio has taken an active interest in inflating its pool of K-12 science/math teachers by utilizing a multi-faceted approach. With support for the state government and an NSF grant, Ohio has taken steps to unifying its approach to teacher recruitment and retention, as well as fostering relationships between schools districts, colleges and universities, and business and industry.

K-12 Science/Math Teachers

  • Clear need for high-quality teachers
  • OBR and ODE warning of shortage
    • Approximately 600 science/math teachers per year
    • Approximately 450 new science/math teachers per year produced by 51 teacher education programs in Ohio
    • Gap expected to grow because of "baby boomer" retirements

Centers of Excellence

  • Create regional college/university and school district partnerships
  • Provide a forum for sharing best practices and ideas
  • Unify our approach to teacher recruitment, retention, and status issues
  • Highlight the importance of teaching and learning to business, industry and the public
  • Encourage greater activity within individual districts and universities

Science/Mathematics Teacher Development Efforts in Ohio

  • Discovery, 1991-present
  • SUSTAIN, 1996 to 2002
  • Eisenhower Program, 1987-present
  • Urban and Rural systemic initiatives
  • Ohio Math/Science Coalition, 1995-present
  • Ohio Resource Center, 2000-present
  • Ohio Project to Enhance Undergraduate Science Education, 1999-present

Project RADII: NSF Proposal

  • Regional Center of Excellence partnerships
  • Working teams within the centers
  • Centers connected to one another and to state policy (RADII)
  • "Adapt and Adopt" philosophy among centers
  • Dissemination through the Ohio Resource Center, the Ohio Project, and digital technology
  • Improved student learning

Needs Analysis

  • Evaluation of Discovery
  • Strategic planning with OSI-Discovery
  • Studies by the Ohio Math/Science Coalition
  • Governor's Commission for Student Success and Commission for Teaching Success
  • ODE/OBR blue-ribbon panel and conference on "closing the achievement gap"
  • Others

Strength: Statewide Support

  • Governor Taft, pledge of $10 million in difficult budget times
  • Ohio Department of Education
  • School Districts
  • University Presidents
  • Business and Industry
  • Major laboratories including NASA Glenn, Battelle-Columbus, and Wright Patterson AFB


  • Very ambitious, comprehensive project
  • Builds on major strengths
    • Regional centers of excellence
    • Prior efforts
    • Needs analyses
    • Statewide support
    • Continuous strategic improvement