A Message from the Director
Welcome to UCASE, the Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Education. UCASE was funded as an initiative between the School of Science, School of Education, and School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Since 2006, we have successfully launched a number of programs for the preparation of new STEM teachers under the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship and Internship Programs. Through the generous support of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the Lilly Endowment, we developed the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship to prepare a new generation of highly qualified STEM teachers. Combined with an option for Dual Certification in STEM and Special Education, made possible by additional TQP (US Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership) funding, fellows can combine their certification in a STEM discipline with certification in Special Education, further preparing our Woodrow Wilson Fellows for teaching students with exceptional learning needs.
Our Woodrow Wilson and Noyce fellows, working in high need urban schools in the Indianapolis area and statewide, aim to close the achievement gap in high need schools by providing high-quality STEM education to all students. Indiana students need a strong foundation in STEM to be ready for success in college, to thrive in a global economy, and to lead the next era of scientific discovery and technological innovation. We see the efforts of UCASE as a key part of this process for the state of Indiana.
Our UCASE affiliated programs, such as the NSF funded GK-12 program, bring as aspect of civic engagement to the Indianapolis metropolitan area, with graduate fellows and local teachers working together to increase involvement in scientific questioning, data collection, and research-based high school projects.
Our UCASE affiliated faculty have also collaborated on national research initiatives to expand knowledge of STEM teaching and learning through APLU's Science and Math Teacher Imperative, strengthened partnerships among university and K-12 educators through Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences, and created partnerships among university and K-12 educators, museums, civic groups, and other initiatives to address the needs of Indiana's STEM workforce. I invite members of the STEM education and research community to contact me for further information or to become involved in our STEM initiatives.
Jomo Mutegi, Ph.D.
IU School of Education, ES 1115
902 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5155