Michele Cahill Joins White House-Convened Roundtable Discussion on Shortage of STEM Teachers

Michele Cahill, Vice President for National Programs and Director of Urban Education at Carnegie Corporation will participate in a special media conference on the shortage of teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields convened by the White House today.

Discussion participants included Dr. Sean Carroll, Vice President for Science Education at HHMI; Sara Martinez Tucker, CEO of NMSI; Dr. John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy;; and Dr. Michael Marder, Professor of Physics at The University of Texas at Austin and Co-Director of the UTeach program.

The roundtable event follows today’s announcement by the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) of a new $22.5 million grant by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The five-year grant from HHMI, one of America’s premier medical research institutions, will make it possible for NMSI to expand The University of Texas at Austin’s highly-successful UTeach program.

The grant will provide $20 million for expansion into 10 leading research universities and $1.25 million for UTeach to further develop curricula and assessment. HHMI committed an additional $1.25 million to offer course-based authentic research experiences to UTeach students through the HHMI Science Education Alliance. With the HHMI grant, the 10 universities are expected to produce more than 1,700 math and science teachers over the five-year grant period and nearly t 18,000 math and science teachers by 2022. Universities will be chosen through a UTeach RFP Process.

Read the announcement. Also see White House press release and "Gift Aims to Add More Math Teachers" in the Wall Street Journal.