Special STEMTEC Statewide Summer Institute Announcement


Student-Active College Teaching in Math and Science

Improving the math and science preparation of prospective teachers

July 18-23, 1999

University of Massachusetts Amherst



STEMTEC is funded by the National Science Foundation under the

Collaboratives for Excellence in Teacher Preparation program

The Institute will model a range of approaches for student-active, collaborative learning, including informal and formal group work, problem and project based learning, alternatives to traditional tests, and ongoing student feedback in courses. The course reforms are aimed at all students and especially at prospective K12 teachers because many people "teach as they were taught."


Qualifications: Applications 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.


Benefits: Participation in summer residential institute at UMass, Amherst (July 18-23, 1999) plus 1-2 academic year meetings. $1000 stipend plus a meal allowance and dormitory lodging for the Institute.


Deadline: Team applications should include brief vitae for the participants and a short statement of the college's vision for better math and science teacher preparation. Funding is available for 8 to 10 teams. A similar institute is planned for additional teams in July, 2000.


More information:


To apply: Application forms are available from your campus representative listed below or via the web at http://k12s.phast.umass.edu/~stemtec/workshop99. They should be submitted to your campus representative by April 10. Team applications should be sent to STEMTEC by April 15.


Campus representative: