UE receives $113,000 Grant for Recruitment and Retention of Teachers

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

The University of Evansville has received a $113,551 grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to support programs that recruit teachers in high-need subjects and schools.

“These grants are enhancing our efforts to prepare the next generation of Hoosiers for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “Rewarding and scaling effective programs throughout the state will help attract and retain STEM teachers who will make a difference in high-need areas.”

The University of Evansville School of Education has identified recruitment and retention of teachers as a priority and has already implemented new initiatives addressing these areas through the Teaching Aces Program. This STEM grant will allow the School of Education to expand the Teaching Aces program and license additional teachers in the math and science fields for public schools in Indiana.  This grant will also offset the costs of teacher preparation for Transition to Teaching students through full tuition scholarships.

Additionally, the grant will enable UE to train current, licensed elementary education teachers and undergraduate elementary education majors at the University of Evansville and enhance their knowledge of STEM education areas leading to more effective instruction in the elementary school classroom. 

Finally, this grant will provide funds to develop a formal orientation program for new Transition to Teaching students in the math and science fields as well as a mentoring program for math and science Transition to Teaching students and recent graduates.

“These funds will allow us to positively impact our entire region,” said Sharon Gieselmann, associate professor and chair of UE’s School of Education. “By increasing the quantity and preparedness of our teachers, we’re able to directly impact the quality of education offered in our schools.”

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