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Teachers

UH is committed to training and supporting K-12 teachers who are uniquely capable of transferring knowledge and interest in STEM education to youth. Among the various objectives of improving STEM training for educators, math and science curriculum at the high school level should be improved to meet the standards needed for entering freshmen, as identified by UH, with the goal of eliminating the need for remedial math education after admission.

The development of America’s future teachers undergoing training at the UH College of Education will be addressed through increased technology literacy instruction through the College of Education to graduating student teachers. Such instruction will provide undergraduate teaching students with an improved working knowledge of the world’s technology, so that they can more effectively integrate math and science into their classrooms. Also, school career counselors will be provided appropriate career advising information related to STEM careers.

Resources

Innovative ways of engaging students is key to generating interest in the pursuit of a career in a STEM field.

Texas Project Lead the Way
Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM
National Science Teachers Association
PBS Teachers
Mars Rover Celebration
UH STEM Center's YouTube Playlist for Teachers
Association of Space Explorers - Request an Astronaut
NASA Wavelength

Training and Certifications

Many programs at the University of Houston can help expand your skills and knowledge in STEM fields.

GK-12 Program “Innovations in Nanotechnology and Nanosciences”
For: UH graduate students and K-12 teachers
At: College of Engineering
Contact: psharma@uh.edu
When: Fall, Spring, Summer for Students; Summer for Teachers

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
For: High school science and math teachers
At: College of Engineering
Contact: ret@egr.uh.edu, 713-743-4204
When: Summer

iSMART: Integrated Science Math and Reflective Teaching
For: Middle school teachers
At: College of Education
Contact: ismart@mail.coe.uh.edu
When: Summer

Science Teaching Equity Project (STEP)Science Teaching Equity Project (STEP) - Physics The program is supported by a Teacher Quality Grant from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.For: High school physics teachers
For: Third through sixth grade teachers
At: College of Education
Contact: step@uh.edu, 713-743-4383
When: Fall, Spring

QuarkNetThe UH Department of Physics partners with Rice University's physics department to implement the largest QuarkNet program in the U.S. A National Science Foundation-sponsored outreach program, QuarkNet focuses on high school physics teachers, with the goal of exposing more students to physics, cutting-edge research and career opportunities. Activities include a summer program for teachers, "Saturday Physics" for students and teachers, and presentations at schools.

For: High school physics teachers
At: Department of Physics
When: Fall, Spring, Summer

The Houston Area Calculus Teachers Association (HoustonACT) The Houston Area Calculus Teachers Association has been directed by NSM since 2001, and it offers five, free workshops to AP teachers each year.

For: AP teachers
At: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Contact: jmorgan@math.uh.edu
When: Fall, Spring, Summer

Eat Math (HoustonACT program) College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has directed at least five, free teacher workshops each year for area Algebra I teachers since 2007.

For: Middle and high school Algebra 1 teachers
At: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Contact: jmorgan@math.uh.edu
When: Fall, Spring

HoustonATS The Houston Area Teachers of Statistics has been directed by NSM since 2008. The organization offers free teaching materials and practice testing materials to area high school AP statistics teachers.

For: AP statistics teachers
At: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Contact: jmorgan11@uh.edu
When: Ongoing

For: Teachers interested in educational technology T3 Regional Conference (Teachers Teaching with Technology) The two-day, T3 Regional Conference is open to all educators, administrators, professors, and pre-service teachers interested in using educational technology to enhance teaching and learning in mathematics and science. The conference is designed to help teachers integrate Texas Instruments and other technologies into the classroom. Sessions are full of ideas to make learning engaging to students and to deepen the understanding of concepts. The conference's primary sponsor is Texas Instruments.
At: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Contact: mbenzon@central.uh.edu, 713-743-2853
When: Annually

UH Center for STEM Teacher Professional Training
For: STEM teachers from kindergarden through 12th grade
At: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Contact: wdominey@uh.edu
When: Annually

Mars Rover Curriculum Module
At: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
When: Workshops take place in the Fall

Scholarships

At some point, you may decide that you would like to pursue a degree in a STEM field. The State of Texas provides incentives to teachers in the form of scholarships for certain degree programs.

Robert Noyce University of Houston Scholarships
Mathematics Preservice Teacher Scholarship
The Elizabeth P. and Harold R. Williams Foundation University of Houston Scholarship
AFCEA Educational Foundation Scholarships