As Leslie Postal reported this evening in the Orlando Sentinel, some of Florida’s Race to the Top money will fund four new UTeach replication sites at postsecondary institutions in the state. FSU and UF already have replication sites funded by money from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI, whose money originally came from ExxonMobil) and the Helios Foundation. But the four RTTT-powered sites do not have to be SUS institutions, and one or more of the postsecondary institutions selected in the competitive process may very well turn out to be state colleges or even private colleges or universities.
NMSI CEO Mary Ann Rankin promoted the coming competition for the four UTeach replication sites in a recent letter to the editor in the Sentinel, saying that the UTeach program and its replication sites recruit and prepare “science, technology, engineering and math majors in college for careers in teaching. UTeach enables them to pursue deep content knowledge in their field, while receiving hands-on teaching experience that begins with their first semester.”
In addition to the four replication sites, $1.5 million from RTTT will be awarded to one of the two existing Florida UTeach sites at UF and FSU to establish a “coordination and induction center” that will service the new replication sites. The UF effort in this competition will be driven by the same personnel who led the developmental work on content modules for the federally-funded PROMISE professional development program.
“Letters of interest” for both competitions are due at the Florida Department of Education headquarters in Tallahassee this Wednesday, November 30. A letter of interest must be submitted to keep an institution eligible for competition.
Update (February 2): School Zone list of submitters of letters of intent – UCF, FAU, FIU, FGCU, UWF. FGCU will not submit. Don’t be surprised if UCF and FAU, with their large existing programs that would be gutted, do not submit.