RMC Research is working with Dordt College to evaluate a newly-awarded, NSF-funded, Noyce Scholars project: Recruiting and Preparing STEM Majors to be Highly-Qualified, K-12 STEM Teachers Serving High-Need, Rural, Local Educational Agencies: DC-Noyce Scholars Program. The project aims to recruit and train high-quality STEM teachers to serve high-needs rural local schools and districts. Specifically, the project will provide (a) scholarship and cohort experiences for STEM Education students and (b) recruitment experiences for K-12 and college students to support the growth of a strong professional learning network.
The evaluation will involve a longitudinal design using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to document changes and activities undertaken as part of the project. RMC Research will work with the leadership team to support the use of evaluation data in long-term planning and guidance. Annual reports with program information, impacts, and recommendations will be provided to support continuous project improvement, and a final summative report will document progress toward project goals, highlighting effective strategies and providing recommendations for sustaining, improving, and replicating practices.