The Teaching Scholar Partnerships (TSP) project was an initiative developed by AACC in partnership with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Independent Colleges Office (ICO), with support from the National Science Foundation. This collaborative program brought together science, technology, engineering, and mathematics faculty from 28 two- and four-year colleges, exemplary K-12 science and math teachers, and undergraduates in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering to seek solutions to the shortage of qualified science and math educators at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels.
The undergraduates, known as Teaching Scholars, brought their scientific and mathematical knowledge into K-12 classes across the country. The activities and findings of the TSP program demonstrated the importance of collaborative K-16 partnerships in the enhancement of K-12 science, math, and technology curriculum as well as the development of effective teacher preparation programs.
Multi-layered mentoring enriched the project. College faculty and K-12 classroom teachers alike mentored the college students, and the college students served as role models and mentors for the K-12 students. In addition, AACC, CIC, and ICO provided current and former faculty members and administrators as mentors and advisors to the 28 colleges and universities.
During the two-year initiative, over 220 undergraduates in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields served in more than 300 classrooms in 94 K-12 schools across the country. A total of 221 college and university faculty served as mentors to the Teaching Scholars.
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