Academics: Center for Academic Planning and Success


Spelman STEM Teacher Education Pipeline 

The goal of this proposed Capacity Building Project is to create an “Exposure, Exploration, Engagement, and Educator-preparation” pipeline for recruiting STEM majors to pursue a career in teaching STEM courses at the secondary level. The components involved in creating this pipeline would involve:

  • Informational sessions and workshops describing STEM education and research in STEM education
  • An undergraduate teaching assistant position (UTA), and
  • A STEM Undergraduate Research Educator (SURE) summer program
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SURE Students Teach Math and Science at Grady High School  

SURE program at Spelman Eight Spelman students recently participated in the STEM Undergraduate Research Educator Summer Program to assist student learning in science and math.

Each week, seniors Tesia Smith, Tia Sylvain, and Courtney Wills; juniors Jada Hoyle-Gardner, Shakevia Robinson, Deja Shands, and Tamara Spikes; and sophomore Morgan Varner, spent Monday through Thursday at Grady High School in Atlanta, where they paired up with a science or math teacher to help teach or present mini-lessons to their respective classes.

Shannon SungOn Fridays, the SURE students obtained further training in STEM education, research and pedagogy at Spelman. During the four-week intensive program, students also presented case study research.

SURE is part of the Spelman STEM Teacher Education Pipeline Program grant funded by the National Science Foundation. It is designed to serve as an educator-preparation pipeline for recruiting STEM majors to teach science and math courses at the secondary level. Shannon Sung, Ph.D., assistant professor of Education Studies, and Viveka Borum, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, serve as the principal investigators.

Shannon Sung, Ph.D., Director of The Spelman STEM Teacher Education Pipeline


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