To meet the growing national demand for science, mathematics, and computer science teachers, and the reform of K-12 education in these disciplines, the UTeach Institute seeks strategic partners to support UTeach replication at qualified universities.
Strategic partners may provide any of the following types of support:
- Financial gifts dedicated to the development of UTeach Institute products and services
- Ongoing sponsorship of specific UTeach programs
- Planning grants for universities to learn about UTeach and prepare for potential funding opportunities
University sponsorship is the most critical need for UTeach replication. Universities typically are awarded $1.4 million grants over a 5-year period to support UTeach implementation. In addition, funders contribute approximately $100,000 annually to the UTeach Institute’s costs for implementation support and evaluation services. These contributions are based on an established per-site cost structure that allows for flexibility in funding national, state, and local initiatives to replicate UTeach. Funding is directed only to the specific universities sponsored by the funder.
Our initial partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative established a model in which UTeach replication grants were awarded as the result of a national competition. However, we also have worked with states to develop customized RFPs, conduct statewide competitions, and provide implementation support and program evaluation. This approach has been used successfully to establish UTeach programs at universities in Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, and Massachusetts.
At the local level, a single university interested in implementing UTeach may contract directly with the UTeach Institute. This includes institutions receiving private funding or participating in other mathematics and science grant initiatives, such as those funded by the National Science Foundation or the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education.
The UTeach Institute works with a number of strategic partners through a variety of funding models. UTeach replication can be initiated at the national, state, or local levels.