Green Speaks on Noyce at NSF Meeting
Posted on May 12, 2022
Dr. André Green, associate vice president of academic affairs at the University of South Alabama, was a keynote speaker at a May 3 National Science Foundation meeting celebrating 20 years of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.
The Noyce program provides funding for universities to recruit and train STEM majors to become kindergarten through 12th-grade science teachers.
“One thing we’re proud of here is our selection program,” said Green. “We give people a chance to try out teaching to make sure it’s the right fit. And we mentor our students after they graduate. We support our scholars.”
At South, Green has worked with the Noyce program for 13 years. It offers practices and strategies for preparing and retaining teachers in high-need schools and school districts.
In recent years, the Covid pandemic and a wave of teacher retirements have only increased the importance of recruiting instructors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“The need for teachers is just as great as it was 2009,” Green said. “It might be greater. Artificial Intelligence is big now. Gaming is big now. All of these things are STEM.”
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