UB Program Trains Teachers For Urban Schools

From the University of Bridgeport:

The University of Bridgeport has received a $192,347 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a program to recruit and train teachers in high-need urban schools throughout Southwestern Connecticut and train them to teach physical science with the aim of increasing student performance and interest in the physical sciences.

The project, “Planning for a Teacher Fellowship/Master Teacher Fellowship Program to Serve High-Need Schools in Urban Southwestern Connecticut,” will be led under the direction of School of Education professor Ioana Badara with School of Education professor Nelson Ngoh, electrical engineering professors Buket Barkana and Navarun Gupta, and Maria Gherasimova, from the School of Arts & Sciences.

The grant provides funding for the design of a combined teaching fellowship/master teaching fellowship program. Due to launch in January 2014, the yearlong program also will expand UB’s already significant outreach in area schools.

UB’s School of Education, for instance, currently prepares teachers to become certified as elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers of English, math, science, social science and music.

“This NSF grant will help us develop a combined program to produce effective science teachers who teach physical science in Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Stamford public schools,” said Dr. Badara.

When complete, “will have a huge impact on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in the area, placing UB as a leader,” she added.



  1. How Pathetic,We just keep Tap-Dancing around the real problem.Why don’t we start giving Tough-Love to Bad parents and Kids like other districts across the Country.If you are uneasy about jailing them,Fine them if they are working,if they are collecting make them sit beside their kids till they are learning at grade level.

  2. Every year there are new tax and spend gimmicks and every year piss-poor achievement levels and 70% dropout rates. Living is free and easy off other people’s taxes. Nobody held accountable for anything. Keep those children down and in the dark.


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