U.S. Senator touts success of Teach North Texas


U.S. Sen. John Cornyn visited UNT Aug. 19 to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM) education and the impact of Teach North Texas— a program that addresses a national shortage of qualified teachers in these critically needed areas by training students to earn teacher certification while also earning undergraduate degrees in math and science.

The invitation-only event featured a roundtable discussion with Cornyn, UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson, UNT President V. Lane Rawlins and other UNT officials, corporate representatives, superintendents and other education professionals, and current students and alumni of the Teach North Texas program.

The Teach North Texas program allows undergraduate students studying math or science to earn teacher certification while receiving intensive field experience in the classroom as early as the first semester. They also receive guidance from highly experienced master teachers and faculty members throughout the program. 

Nearly 300 students are currently enrolled in Teach North Texas, and 81 students have graduated from the program since its first graduating class in 2010.  Teach North Texas alumni are teaching mathematics or science in 49 schools in 31 school districts across the North Texas region. Graduates from the Teach North Texas program will impact about 10,000 school children in 2013-14 and are expected to impact more than 100,000 school children by 2019.

The roundtable participants discussed how Teach North Texas prepares students for careers as math and science teachers, challenges faced by secondary teachers of mathematics and science and how the Teach North Texas program contributes to a healthy and robust workforce.

(Above, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, middle, talked with UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson and President V. Lane Rawlins. Photo by Michael Clements/URCM.)

Originally published through InHouse by URCM.

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