Program designed to put new science and math teachers in Indianapolis Public Schools ready for its next class

Aerial shots of the Purdue campus. (Purdue University)

Purdue University is looking for a new cohort of 15 business, industry or academic professionals with strong science and math backgrounds who are interested in a career change teaching middle and high school students for its Indy STEM Teacher Residency (ISTR) Program, a partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools and Purdue University. The goal of ISTR is to elevate student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines by training people with the educational or professional background – but without extensive teaching experience – to teach science or mathematics in grades 5-12.

The program is funded by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education and involves Indianapolis schools, Purdue’s colleges of Science and Education and CATALYST, an interdisciplinary research-oriented unit in the College of Education focused on building and supporting a community of educational professionals who are dedicated to advancing K-12 STEM teaching and learning.

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