UTeach Dallas in the News

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Governor Rick Perry announces the UTeach Dallas replication grant at UTDallas. Dec 2007

Listed below are current and previous news stories about UTeach and UTeach Dallas.


Communities Foundation of Texas Awards More Than $1.3 Million in Grants to Improve Middle School Education in North Texas

February 17, 2014
EDUCATION FOUNDATION  $74,812 to provide gender equity training to pre-service teachers through theUTeach Dallas program. UTeach recruits students from UTD’s pool of undergraduate STEM majors to consider a career teaching in middle and high school math and science classrooms. Read full story here


5 More Universities Will Create STEM Teacher-Training Programs

U.S. News & World Report  Feb 2, 2014

Universities are responding to President Obama’s State of the Union call to better educate the future workforce.  Five more universities will start UTeach programs in the fall of 2014 to simultaneously award undergraduates STEM degrees and teaching credentials.  Read full story here


UTeach Dallas: Transforming Science and Math Education 

The President’s Viewpoint  April 2013

In 2007, Amiee Himler enrolled in UT Dallas’ School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a field she loves—mathematics. The Terry Scholar was given an opportunity to try out a new initiative at the University called UTeach Dallas, and she fell in love again—with teaching. …..  Read full story here


UTeach is Transforming Teacher Preparation in North Texas

April 3, 2013   

National Math + Science Initiative Blog

A special event was held today at the Perot Museum of Science and Nature celebrating the impact of the UTeach program on education in the DFW area. The three UTeach programs in the North Texas region have experienced rapid growth in recent years: 

  • UTeach Dallas at UTD has grown from 24 students the first semester to its current 350 students, a 1350 percent increase.   Recent graduates are all employed in school systems or science learning centers or have gone on the graduate school.  The 100-plus graduates since the program’s inception could potentially impact about 79,000 middle and high school students by 2019.   Read full story


UTeach Dallas Meets Fundraising Challenge, Receives $2 Million

Apr. 3, 2013

Grants Will Further Advance Math and Science Teacher Training in Growing Program.   Dallas-area foundations and industry partners in science and technology have provided $2 million to support an innovative program at The University of Texas at Dallas aimed at training the teachers who will inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs. read full story


“Communities Foundation of Texas Grants Over $2 Million to Improve Middle School Education.”

Communities Foundation of Texas Press Release 10/15/12.

“The Communities Foundation of Texas has announced eight grants totaling more than $2 million to seven nonprofits working to improve middle school education in the Dallas area.  Awarded through the foundation’s community impact funds, the grants will support efforts to recruit and train high-quality teachers and administrators to serve in at-risk middle schools across North Texas. Grant recipients include the University of Texas at Dallas (UTeach Dallas), which was awarded $500,000 over three years to actively recruit, through its UTeach Dallas program, STEM majors to teach in high-need urban middle school math and science classrooms;”… full press release


UTeach featured on NBC Nightly News

Published on Sep 28, 2012

view the video here


Annual Physics Camp Aims to Hook Girls on Science

June 18, 2012

Giant slingshots, model rockets and home-made hot air balloons are all part of the plan at the annual UT Dallas Physics Camp for Girls to inspire more girls to study science. read more


Students Watch Venus Cross Between Earth and Sun

Jun. 06, 2012

“As a planetary scientist, I am very excited about this. An astronomical phenomenon like this is a very rare event, and it will also coincide with the research found with NASA’s Kepler [telescope].” — Dr. Mary Urquhart, head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education read more

UTeach Grad Strives to Build Science Excitement

Feb 8, 2012

UTeach alumnus Gianfranco Herrera knows kids can be a tough crowd when he is presenting one of his science demonstrations. But more often than not, they’re in awe.  read more


Featured on Change the Equation

It’s no wonder school districts pay a premium for secondary math and science teachers: There just aren’t enough to go around. Read feature


TI Program Energizes Science and Math Teachers

July 25, 2011

Eighteen educators from area school districts spent part of their summer at UT Dallas in a program sponsored by Texas Instruments to improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Read the full story

Obama Launches Initiative to Train 100,000 New STEM Teachers

February 8, 2011

During his State of the Union address in January 2011, President Obama “announced an initiative to train 100,000 new teachers in mathematics, science, technology, and engineering, or STEM subjects. He plans to expand ‘promising and effective teacher preparation models’ for STEM teachers.”   Read the full story.

President Obama Mentions UTeach in National Address

April 21, 2010

“And we also need to reward states that are placing outstanding teachers in schools and subjects — like math and science — where they’re needed most. That’s one way to foster the next generation of math and science teachers. And by the way, everyone has a role to play in training these teachers. So universities and nonprofit organizations can launch programs like UTeach at UT Austin that allows aspiring teachers to get a math or science degree and teaching certificate at the same time. And businesses can follow the examples of Intel and Microsoft by developing the software tools and cutting-edge technologies that prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s teachers…”

Gift to Boost Ranks of Math and Science Teachers

February 9, 2010

A $500,000 gift from the O’Donnell Foundation will support the UTeach Dallas endowment and provide flexibility to support scholarships, internships, and other aspects of the program. Read the full story.


UTeach Dallas Awarded Support for Master Teachers

September 10, 2009

Texas Instruments Foundation Funding to Help Mentor Future Science Teachers
Increasing the supply of qualified math and science teachers in America’s secondary schools received a big boost Wednesday when the Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation awarded a $450,000 grant to UTeach Dallas. Read the full story.


UTeach Dallas Lauded as a Bridge to the Future

September 1, 2009

Tech Titan Award Recognizes Program to Interest Students in Math and Sciences
The Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC), the largest technology trade organization in Texas, has awarded UTeach Dallas the 2009 Tech Titan of the Future award in the university category at a ceremony. Read the full story.


Gov. Perry: UTeach, UT Dallas to Help Close Math and Science Gap

December 06, 2007

DALLAS – Gov. Perry today participated in the presentation of a $2.4 million grant over a five year period from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to the University of Texas (UT) at Dallas to replicate the UTeach program, which will certify UT Dallas undergraduates to become high school math and science teachers. UT Dallas is one of 12 sites nationally to be awarded a replication grant.

“Texas is once again leading the nation with winning ideas, such as the UTeach program, which will help us close the math and science gap in today’s schools, before it becomes a salary gap in tomorrow’s workplace and an opportunity gap for Texas families.”    Read the full story.