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Elmhurst Noyce STEM Teacher Preparation

Share the Joys of STEM as a Teacher

Elmhurst University is a 2020 recipient of a National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program capacity-building grant. The project title is “Building Capacity for Recruiting Elmhurst STEM Undergraduates for Lifelong Teaching (RESULT) in Illinois.”

We invite students, families, and school and institution partners to join in our effort to develop a new generation of STEM professionals.

Project Summary

The purpose of the project is to build Elmhurst’s capacity for recruiting, retaining, and preparing STEM majors, especially from underrepresented groups, to better meet the increasing demand for STEM teachers in Illinois.

One of our institutional goals is to transform STEM education by promoting curricular revisions that incorporate culturally responsive pedagogy (CRP) and content area literacies in both STEM and education courses.

These revisions will improve the cultural understanding and scientific and mathematics literacy of graduates from the STEM education programs, ensuring that teachers are better able to respond to student needs in linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms and offer a higher quality of instruction in secondary STEM classrooms.

STEM Teaching Conference and Workshops

Spring 2021 Conference

Empowering Minds: Culturally Sustaining STEM from Theory to Practice

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021

A follow-up to the Fall Conference with a focus on best practices in STEM teaching and learning.

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Image of the Empowering Minds Culturally Sustaining STEM from Theory to Practice Conference, including presenter information and a schedule of events.

Community College Partners

The project will endeavor to strengthen existing transfer relationships with three area community colleges: Triton, Harper and College of DuPage. Teams will work to create degree maps that clearly identify pathways to STEM and Teacher Education degrees.

School Partners

The RESULT project seeks to ensure that all teachers understand and respect the unique cultural backgrounds of their students and that all students are empowered to succeed within the STEM fields. We are partnering with Fenton School District 100 and other local high-needs districts to provide teacher professional development that orients participants in the use of culturally relevant pedagogy.

Summer STEM Academy 2020

Hosted by Elmhurst University and featuring our outstanding faculty, the Summer STEM Academy engages upper high school students in college-level math courses, science workshops and dialogue with guest speakers. Courses may be taken for college credit.

Past Themes
  • Summer 2020: STEM Connections: The Spread of Infectious Disease
  • Summer 2019: STEM in the World Around Us


Principal Investigator

Theresa Robinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education and Director of Secondary Education
Department of Education

Co-Principal Investigators

Debbie Cosgrove, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Elementary Education
Department of Education

Kelly Mikenas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biology; Director, Environmental Studies Program
Department of Biology

More STEM Opportunities at Elmhurst

The Recruiting Elmhurst STEM Undergraduates for Lifelong Teaching (RESULT) Noyce Capacity Building Grant is supported by the National Science Foundation through Award Number 1950200. 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.

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