American University’s School of Education, Teaching and Health (SETH) and the Departments of Mathematics & Statistics and Environment Science in partnership with The Carnegie Institution of Washington's Carnegie Academy of Science Education (CASE) have launched From the Laboratory to the Classroom (Lab2Class) in Washington, DC.
The goal of Lab2Class is to ensure excellence in science and mathematics teaching in DC public and public charter middle and high schools by recruiting, training, and retaining talented science and mathematics teachers who commit to teaching in DC schools for a four-year period.
The 2013 and 2014 cohorts are generously funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation's Teaching Fellowships track of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program and the Toyota USA Foundation.
Lab2Class recruits fellows who demonstrate both science or mathematical talent and a strong commitment to the teaching profession and service in DC. Fellows participate in SETH's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program in Secondary Education: Science or Mathematics. After completion of the MAT program, fellows teach math or science in DC schools for at least four years.
How the Fellowship Works
Year 1: Prepare to become a secondary school science or math teacher
- 14-month Masters level teacher preparation program with tuition and fees paid by Lab2Class - MAT Program of Study
- Extensive student teaching experience
- $23,520 living stipend
- Pre-service professional development
Years 2 – 5: Teach in a Washington DC high need public or public charter school
- Receive a regular teacher’s salary and salary stipends of $10,000 per year
- Mentoring, coaching, and other support services
- Participate in professional development activities
Broader Project Goals
The overarching goal of Lab2lass is to increase the quality of math and science teachers in Washington, DC who will have the skills to take on leadership roles and engage in a more systemic change to improve STEM education in the District and beyond.American University, the Carnegie Institution of Washington and its partners will strive for this project to serve as model of teacher development in STEM education and, as DC schoolteachers and students represent an ethnically, culturally, and socially diverse community that is typically underrepresented in the sciences, to increase the pipeline of minority students into the STEM fields.
Through the Lab2Class program, the partners will effectively prepare math and science teachers who have deep content understanding. The Lab2Class program is unique for its pedagogical innovations in teaching to traditionally under-prepared urban students. The coursework focuses on providing Fellows with a comprehensive understanding of how to teach their content at the middle and high school school level for deep student understanding and high student achievement. Through ongoing mentoring and professional development, the program will challenge and empower Fellows to think differently about how they teach in the STEM fields focusing on inquiry and by using assessments as a tool for instructional decision-making.