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Grad Students Head to Class as New NSF Teaching Fellows

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Science  29 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5441, pp. 895
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5441.895

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Thirty-one universities are participating in the National Science Foundation's Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education program, a $13 million, high-profile program that gives 1-year stipends and tuition support to graduate students and advanced undergrads. Its aim is to raise student achievement, upgrade classroom teachers' skills, elevate the importance of teaching in the research community, and create a cadre of science communicators. But, although nobody disputes the fellows' potential contribution to U.S. elementary and secondary math and science instruction, some educators say that the program's expansive goals and the variety of approaches it is supporting will make its long-term impact extremely hard to measure.