April, 2010Two dozen teachers in their first through fifth year of teaching in San Antonio schools will receive an Apple iPod touch this Saturday at a technology training offered by The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Generating Educational Excellence in Math and Science (GE2MS) program. The technology training, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is a local example of how colleges and universities are enhancing the efforts of school districts to support new math and science teachers to combat attrition.
UTSA’s technology training is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 3 at the Region 20 Education Service Center located at 1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio.
For the last few months, the cluster of math and science teachers attending Saturday’s training have participated in local outings to learn how San Antonio organizations incorporate math and science into their daily work. Field trips have included a visit to H-E-B to learn how the grocery chain uses math and science in its stores to control temperature and electricity, a trip to CPS Energy to learn what happens when someone flips an electrical switch and to Lockheed Martin to learn how math and science are used in the aerospace industry. This weekend’s technology training takes that programming one step further by providing the new teachers with hand-held equipment to integrate video from future field trips into classroom lessons.
“The shortage of math and science teachers in Texas and the high attrition rate of new teachers are very serious issues that our region’s school districts are working diligently to address,” said Joseph Lazor, director of UTSA’s GE2MS program, which promotes teaching careers. “Saturday’s technology training is just one example of how San Antonio colleges and universities are helping local school districts support their new teachers. By offering teachers technology for the classroom, we’re supporting the districts and we’re telling new teachers that we, too, want them to be successful.”
UTSA’s GE2MS program, formerly known as UTeach, is a collaborative initiative of UTSA’s College of Sciences and its College of Education and Human Development in close partnership with local school districts. The four-year program allows UTSA undergraduates to earn a College of Sciences degree while becoming certified teachers. While in GE2MS, participants receive academic support, career advice and opportunities to observe local classrooms. The program also works with local school districts to offer supplementary training and incentives to new teachers.
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