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The departments of mathematics, biology, and chemistry and the teacher education program at the College of Saint Elizabeth (New Jersey) are working in partnership with a public school to improve the teaching of mathematics and science in preschool through high school levels and to recruit minority science and mathematics teachers. The program aims to aggressively recruit 10 to 20 minority women for the teacher education program to pursue science and mathematics majors by targeting high schools throughout the state with promotional materials and by conducting open house sessions for prospective students. The program aims also to retain 80 to 85 percent of these students by linking courses to enrichment groups and by conducting small group sessions guided by professional group leaders who will work with faculty to help students develop study and communication skills, master course content, and build self-esteem and self-confidence. Finally, the program aims to renew the teaching of math and science by employing two outstanding master teachers (one in math and one in science) who will provide specialized teacher training in 2-hour seminars each semester, by collaborating with selected public schools with which the college has established partnerships, and by faculty collaboration at the college for the improvement of the teaching learning process on campus. In the first year of implementation 10 students were recruited for the program. (JB)

Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, College School Cooperation, College Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Mathematics Instruction, Minority Group Teachers, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Instruction, Teacher Recruitment

Author: Walters, Joan T.


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