We are super stoked to start new evaluation work with the Education Development Center (EDC) and University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMB) together with partners from nine additional Noyce-funded programs across the country on a Track 4 (research) grant from the National Science Foundation.
EDC and UMB’s proposed research will investigate how these Noyce programs prepare scholars to be science and mathematics teachers in high-needs schools, and the relationship between alumni’s preparation and their persistence as teachers in these schools beyond their service requirement.
Over the course of three years, EDC and UMB will:
- Develop a community of practice (CoP) among UMB and nine additional Noyce programs to examine Noyce scholar persistence in high-needs schools and districts
- Use a participatory research framework to understand the components of the 10 Noyce programs that may support the persistence of Noyce alumni
- Use survival analysis methodology to understand the persistence of Noyce scholars from diverse Noyce programs in the teaching profession for three years, five years, and beyond
- Develop and refine tools to conduct this research, including Noyce scholar and alumni surveys that will enable a deep understanding of scholars’ experiences and program components that support persistence and
- Work with a total of 10 Noyce program partners to disseminate research and evaluation findings across the NSF Noyce network and through other venues.
MNA is the evaluator for the project and will work closely with EDC, UMB, and their partners to assess the efficiency and efficacy of the project. Stay tuned for project-related updates!