Informal Science Education 44Division of Educational System Reform 44Statewide Systemic Initiatives Program 44Urban Systemic Initiatives Program 45Rural Systemic Initiatives Program 46Division of Human Resource Development 47Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation -Pre-Service Teacher Preparation Initiative 47Program for Women and Girls (Program for Gender Equity) 49Program for Persons with Disabilities 50Division of Research, Evaluation, and Communication 50Research on Education, Policy, and Practice 50TEACHER PREPARATION EFFORTS IN OTHER AGENCIES 51APPENDICES 52List of Awards by State 52List of Awards by Principal Investigator 57List of Awards by Discipline 60ForewordThe National Science Foundation (NSF)s Directorate for Education and Human
Resources (EHR) is responsible for providing national leadership and support forimproving the quality of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology(SME&T) education, kindergarten through graduate school. In exercising thisresponsibility, the Directorate has established the SME&T education of future K-12 teachers as one of its highest priorities. The ultimate goal is to achieveexcellence in the preparation of the nations future teachers teachers who are
knowledgeable in the content areas and in the practice of teaching, creative andenthusiastic, and dedicated to life-long learning.Teacher preparation is a complex undertaking. In fact, every component of thenations educational enterprise must be engaged to
achieve success in this critical endeavor, including, for example: undergraduateinstitutions and, in particular, their mathematics,science, and education faculties and departments; practicing K-12 teachers;schools and school districts and their administrators;organizations responsible for teacher certification and licensure; developers ofnational standards in the sciences and mathematics;providers of informal educational experiences (e.g., science centers, museums,zoos); and parent, community and businessorganizations. The entire educational enterprise will benefit, both directlyand indirectly, through a focus on improving thiseducational workforce.The NSF effort in teacher preparation bridges several divisions of EHR. Primaryprogrammatic emphasis and responsibility forcoordination resides in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE),reflecting the fundamental role of undergraduate educationin the preparation of teachers. The NSF Collaboratives for Excellence inTeacher Preparation (CETP) program, with additionalsupport within other programs of the Division, is central to EHRs efforts to
effect long-lasting institutional reform in SME&Tteacher preparation. The Collaboratives are developing the state and regionalapproaches necessary for systemic change, engaging abroad range of stakeholders in the design of exemplary courses and programs.