TI Foundation grant boosts UNT’s Teach North Texas program

From left, Tom Luce, CEO, National Math and Science Initiative; James Spaniolo, president of the University of Texas at Arlington; President Gretchen M. Bataille; Myron Salamon, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Texas at Dallas.UNT’s Teach North Texas program will share a $1.5 million grant from the Texas Instruments Foundation to expand the program and add two new master teachers to its staff. The funding is part of a $3 million grant to Dallas-Fort Worth area school districts and universities to promote an increase in science and math teachers.

Launched in 2008, Teach North Texas is a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education through a partnership with the Fort Worth and Denton school districts. The program offers students the opportunity to explore the teaching profession in two free 1-hour courses that can be taken as early as their freshman year. Students also interact with master teachers, experienced high school teachers hired by UNT to teach courses, supervise field work and offer mentorship and real-world advice.

The program expects to graduate at least 60 students a year with bachelor’s degrees in math, science or computer science with teacher certification.

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