About the IDeA InstItute

The UM Instructional Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA) Institute is a collaborative effort between the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the School of Education. IDEA brings faculty members and students together to improve and advance, through research and practice, undergraduate teaching and learning; precollege teaching and learning; preparing future faculty; and new pathways for identifying and recruiting pre-college teachers. The work of the IDEA Institute is built on the concept of forming interdisciplinary and intergenerational “teaching groups” in order to take on the large and complex problems in education, comparable to the way in which “research groups” have enabled people to take on the important problems in their various fields.

IDEA Institute The University of Michigan 204 Washtenaw Avenue 3236 USB (Undergraduate Science Building) Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2215 Phone: 734.647.9353 Email: ideainstitute@umich.edu Web: http://ideainstitute.umich.edu

WAnt to teAch?
explore the unIte program created for exemplary university of Michigan science & Mathematics students

unIte: unIversItY netWork For IntegrAteD teAcher eDucAtIon » scIence or MAtheMAtIcs concentrAtIon

YeAr 1
freshman year
Coursework for B.S. Degree FUTURE participation

YeAr 2
sophomore year
Coursework for B.S. Degree FUTURE participation

YeAr 3
junior year
Application process for combined degree in LSA and School of Education. Apply to Noyce Fellowship program if desired. Coursework for B.S. Degree FUTURE participation

YeAr 4
senior year
Begin Coursework for Master’s degree and Certification while completing coursework for B.S. Degree Practicum experience in School of Education

YeAr 5
graduating year
Complete coursework for Master’s degree and Certification Student Teaching Graduation

unIte: university network for Integrated teacher education

An Integrated bs/MA Pipeline Program for STEM Teacher Certification
The UNITE program is a 5-year B.S./M.A. pathway for undergraduate LSA science and mathematics students to also earn a School of Education M.A. degree along with teacher certification at the high school level. Using current resources in both LSA and the School of Education, UNITE introduces early intervention, identification, and recruitment activities related to K-12 teaching into the first 2-3 LSA years. Using an application process in the 3rd year, students would then be admitted to 2 years of a sequential program in which they would complete their LSA undergraduate degree and also earn the Master of Arts with Certification. The NSF-funded Noyce Fellowship grant, which provides 7-8 two-year, $20,000 awards for the next 5 years, provides significant incentive for students to consider this program (NOTE: 2 years of Noyce funding requires 4 years of full-time, in-service teaching, including support structures from the University of Michigan). The IDEA Institute, which received the Noyce award, and currently organizes a number of early intervention activities, manages the UNITE program. Additional information and details about the application process can be found online at: ideainstitute.umich.edu/?page_id=890

Future: Foundations of undergraduate teaching uniting research and education Program
The FUTURE program provides undergraduate students at the University of Michigan with an opportunity to explore outreach in middle and high school classrooms. By working with ideas suggested by classroom teachers in science and mathematics and supported by IDEA Institute staff, and each other, FUTURE students create exemplary science and math teaching materials and implement lessons in middle and high school classrooms. In addition to work in schools during the school day, FUTURE students can be part of the IDEA Institute’s summer science camp program for middle and high school students and the Science Saturdays program held in the winter semester.

InsPIre program

International noyce summer Pre-service & In-service research experience
In the INSPIRE program, Noyce Fellows are eligible to apply for a two summer research experience in Beijing, China, at a premiere research institution. The first summer is targeted at Noyce Fellows with one year remaining in their undergraduate, pre-service education. Fellows participate in a 10-week research experience that begins with an orientation session followed by nine weeks of full-time research in one of the research groups at our host schools. The summer program will also include activities geared toward strategies for introducing both internationalization and your research experiences into a Fellow’s future work in the classroom. The second summer occurs two years later, after Fellows have had at least one year of experience as an inservice teacher. Joining the same research group in Beijing, Fellows will resume their international research experience, and work on an instructional development proposal to create teaching materials for use in their classrooms. In addition, Fellows will interact with teachers and students in Beijing classrooms, forming possible contacts for future collaborations.

noyce Fellows program
Supported by the National Science Foundation, the Noyce Fellows program provides fellowship funding for students who are obtaining teaching certification in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering or math). For each year of funding, Noyce Fellows are required to teach for two years in a school district that includes a high percentage of disadvantaged students. Each year of Noyce support requires two years of service as a teacher. Select school districts are part of this program and support is provided for students to identify appropriate school districts.

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