Gregory Rushton & Keith Sheppard receive NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant

    Greg Rushton and Keith Sheppard, science education faculty in I-STEM, have recently been awarded $1.02M by NSF to study early career teachers at five sites across the US. Using social network theory and social network analysis techniques as experimental methods, they will answer critical questions about Noyce teacher programs and the links between communities of practice (CoP) and teacher retention. Specifically, they seek to determine (i) how different Noyce program types and support features have influenced the development of teacher communities of practice, (ii) the extent to which Noyce programs and teacher communities of practice impact teacher disposition toward remaining in the profession, and (iii) the effect of different Noyce programs and teacher communities of practice have on teacher identity. Congratulations Greg and Keith!