Augsburg College students teach science and math to middle schoolers
Local middle school partners with ELCA college to enable ethnically diverse students to thrive.
Ethnically diverse Cedar Riverside area 6th, 7th and 8th graders are learning science and math these days with the help of students from Augsburg College, just down the street from their homes.
The Teaching Scholars Pro-gram (TSP) is a new federally funded program through the National Science Foundation and the Independent Colleges Office.
The Augsburg College of Education, Natural Science Division (Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics departments) and the Cedar Riverside Community School are in partnership on this two-year, $30,000 grant.
TSP provides sophomore, junior or senior college students opportunities to explore teaching science or mathematics, receive ongoing mentoring and feedback by faculty and staff, and the opportunity to explore science and mathematics curricula with a small group of students during the school year.
The Augsburg students commit at least seven hours each week to the program. They are working with students in grades 6, 7 and 8 at Cedar Riverside, a school located in the urban core of Minneapolis. Cedar Riverside serves children of Somalian, Ethiopian, Hmong and African-American families living within the Cedar River-side neighborhood.
Some of the goals of the program are:
* to develop Augsburg Teaching Scholars’ understanding of and confidence in the teaching and learning process for middle school math and science education;
* to increase the science and/or math aptitude of 6th through 8th grade students;
* to develop positive attitudes toward greater confidence in math and/or science; and
* to develop a replicable model of the TSP Program which encourages math and science undergraduates to participate in K-12 education initiatives.
Students who successfully complete the first year as a Teaching Scholar may be eligible for a second year in the program. Four Teaching Scholar positions are available each of the next two academic years. The students may also have the opportunity to present their experiences at several national conferences.