Highly prepared math and science teachers are the catalysts behind the scientific advancements that change our world every day, and yet, there’s not enough of them in our classrooms to instruct the next generation of experts in STEM fields.
West Virginia University is making a calculated effort to change that. Selected by the GFO leadership team, comprised of experts from STEM societies nationwide, WVU is one of six research study sites across the country to pursue a new project, Get the Facts Out. The goal is simple: to help reverse the severe shortage of high school chemistry, math and physics teachers.
While nearly half of mathematics and science majors report some level of interest in K-12 teaching, very few enroll in teacher certification programs. GFO provides faculty with research-based and user-tested strategies and materials designed to help entice STEM college students to consider pursuing a teaching profession by challenging negative perceptions and offering accurate and positive information about teaching.
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