February 11, 2004, Extra Credit
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February 11, 2004
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NCLB Is Helping "Recruit, Prepare and Retain Highly Qualified Secondary Math and Science Teachers" in California

Following are excerpts from a recent article in the Eureka Reporter:

"Three Humboldt State University faculty members and their local school partners have received a three-year, $909,659 federal grant to recruit, prepare and retain highly qualified secondary math and science teachers in the five-county Redwood Region."

"The project builds upon the national reputation of Humboldt State University’s programs in science, mathematics and secondary education, as well as the professional development programs of the Redwood Science Project and the Redwood Area Mathematics Project."

"The project will serve the professional development needs in the five-county North Coast region (Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma counties) and also help alleviate the statewide shortage of teachers in mathematics and science.

"The project includes four major goals:

  • Goal 1: Recruit individuals with strong mathematics and science backgrounds and enthusiasm for mathematics and science into the teaching profession.

  • Goal 2: Collaboratively support induction programs for new teachers in mathematics and science that support instruction aligned with the mathematics and science California Academic Content Standards.

  • Goal 3: Provide professional development opportunities for those teachers who are not fully certified in secondary (grades 7-12) mathematics and science.

  • Goal 4: Engage in research and evaluation activities including assessing the effectiveness of recruitment strategies and specific research projects related to teaching skills for English language learners and American Indian students.

"The California Post Secondary Education Commission funded 17 projects in the state under the Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program. Funds for this project are received from the U.S. Department of Education and authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act."

The complete text of the Eureka Reporter article can be found at:


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