The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds the Robert Noyce Program, which supports training for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers in high needs K-12 classrooms. The program involves four tracks: scholarships and stipends, teaching fellowships, master teaching fellowships, and research on the preparation, recruitment, and retention of K-12 STEM teachers. In addition, the NSF funds regional conferences. For example, the Midwest Regional Noyce Connections Project has held conferences for scholars and researchers associated with Noyce projects of any track in the Midwestern region in Omaha, NE.
RMC Research serves as the evaluator for the Midwest Regional Robert Noyce Connections project. In partnership with the project team, RMC Research conducted a needs assessment in 2015. Results from needs assessments were used to inform the selection of primary conference strands, including mathematics science teaching and learning, equity, assessment, and recruitment and retention. Key findings from the 2015 conference suggested the Noyce Connections Conference was informative and well-organized, participants were satisfied with the Noyce Connections Conference (sessions were rated as useful, inspired new ideas, and provided new knowledge and information for participants), and participants in the Noyce Conference expanded connections with other individuals in the Noyce Community. This year, the Midwest Regional Noyce conference is supporting scholars from current projects to attend a conference at the Kennedy Space Center, “Exploring Space Science,” from June 20-22, 2016. To learn more about this upcoming conference, click here.
In addition, RMC Research is the evaluator for several other NSF-Funded Noyce projects of various types in partnership with principal investigators at institutions including: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Denver, University of Louisiana- Lafayette, and a team from Wayne State University, Henry Ford College, and Detroit Public Schools. We look forward to continued collaboration and partnership in this work!