Noyce Borderlands Master Teacher Fellows (BMTF) "Building Culturally Competent STEM Teacher Leaders for Rural, High-need Schools Near the U.S. Border with Mexico". This five-year, 1.5 million dollar National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce project aims to address the critical shortage and low retention of STEM teachers in U.S. border schools and to help overcome current opportunity gaps in STEM experiences on the Arizona-Mexico border.

The Noyce Borderlands Master Teacher Fellows recently participated in the first annual STEM Leadership Institute, held at Biosphere 2 (see images above).

The objective of the annual STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) is to provide leadership training for exemplary teachers. With the overall goal of improving the STEM educational outcomes in border schools, we work with middle and high school teachers to enhance their confidence, preparation, and effectiveness through providing for their leadership and career advancement – without leaving the classroom. The 2021 event at Biosphere 2, sponsored in large part by the APS Foundation, linked University of Arizona expertise, invited guests, and other resources for teachers in service of enhanced, evidence-informed pedagogical practices and content knowledge. This annual event allows us to work together to envision the future of STEM leadership in our regional schools.

The leadership team for the Noyce Borderlands Master Teacher Fellows NSF Grant 1950129: Dr. Etta Kralovec is the Director of the Borderlands Education Center and a Principle Investigator on the APS engagement project and the BMTF project. Dr. Kevin Bonine is also a PI on the BMTF project and the Director of Education for both Biosphere 2 and the UA Arizona Institutes for Resilience. Eric Meyer is a Co-PI on the BMTF project and is the Director of the Sin Fronteras STEM Teacher Leadership Program.

For more information, contact Eric Meyer

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant # 1950129 Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.