This is a letter sent to campus representatives in March, 1999.


We may have reached you on the telephone before you received this packet. If not, some explanation may be in order.

As you probably know, STEMTEC is a NSF funded collaborative of eight colleges dedicated to improving the preparation of prospective science and math teachers, and to increasing their numbers and diversity. On November 11, we hosted a meeting of college science, math, and education faculty and administrators at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester to talk about ways to assist colleges statewide in similar efforts. In particular, we have funding for two cycles of summer institutes to address these issues.

At that meeting, we asked for volunteers to serve as STEMTEC representatives for their campuses. In some cases, people were suggested who not actually present. You were one of those people. We hope you will be able to serve in that capacity. If not, we would appreciate your help in locating a suitable person on your campus.

We have been working with the planning committee formed at the November 11 meeting to define an exciting summer institute, and will send you more details as they become available.

The Institute will run from Sunday evening, July 18, to Friday, July 23, and will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. One or two follow-up meetings will be held during the academic year. Participants will receive a $1000 stipend plus a meal allowance and dormitory lodging.

Applications for the Institute will be accepted from teams of faculty at colleges in Massachusetts who teach science, math, or education to prospective teachers (and possibly other students) and have interest and/or expertise in student active learning. Teams should normally have four college faculty, including at least one from education, plus a K12 teacher experienced in student-active learning. The teams will work together improving science and math preparation on their campuses.

We would appreciate your help in forming a team from your campus. To facilitate this, we are enclosing a few copies of a flyer to distribute and an application form for individual faculty. Please Xerox more if you need them. Note that the flyer has a place for you to put your name and contact information.

Your team’s application should be sent to me as a packet, with an application form and brief vitae for each participant and a short team application form. The packet should also include a brief statement of your college’s vision for improving math and science teacher preparation. This statement can be written by you or a colleague. It should describe what has been accomplished already in your college to improve math and science teaching, and what else needs to be done.

The application deadline is April 15. However, we would like a letter (or e-mail) of intent as soon as possible. We have funding for 8 to 10 teams this year and a similar number next year. We hope to be able to reach most of the major teacher education programs in Massachusetts, but if we get too many applications, we will give weight to the size of the program and the likely impact of the Institute.

We know that serving as the campus representative will take a significant amount of time. We will ask you to be the primary contact with your team. To make that a bit less of a chore, we will be able to pay you a stipend of $500 for your service. That’s in addition to the stipend for the institute if you are one of the participants from your college.

Please call or email me if you have any questions.


Very truly yours,


Morton M. Sternheim