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FINAL REPORT TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE On the DEFENSE REINVESTMENT INITIATIVE It was in this context that the NRC convened a two-day planning meeting at the Beckman Center in Irvine, California to study the feasibility and potential design of a project which would offer displaced aerospace and defense personnel an opportunity to become well-qualified, effective mathematics and science teachers. Scientists and engineers leaving the military, defense-related industry, aerospace careers, and national laboratories were assumed to represent a potentially large pool of talent for career teachers who can teach according to the guidelines in the national standards for mathematics and science education. Appendix B is the report from the planning meeting. The issues addressed at the planning meeting were: types of alternative teacher certification programs that existed, primarily in California; credential or licensure requirements for teachers who enter the teaching work force through alternative certification programs; placement and employment opportunities in schools for scientists and engineers after the retraining period; support needed from the current employers of scientists and engineers wishing to make a shift into teaching careers; appropriate role(s) for the various players, including the NRC, colleges and universities, state credential board, cooperating school systems, federal agencies and laboratories, industry, and others; and key elements of successful certification programs. PROGRAM SCOPE The DRI project was divided into five phases plus the pre-award activities described above, as indicated in the following chronology of events. Pre-award Activities 1993 October Feasibility Discussion Group Meeting, Beckman Center Phase I 1994 November Initial Contract with DOD awarded Staff hired and DRIAB appointed 1995 February First DRIAB Meeting March Haberman Interview Training Workshop April Applicant files reviewed May Interviews with applicants June Schools secured Evaluator selected Fellows accepted Phase II July Fellows began CSULB program Second DRIAB Meeting August RFP for second cohort credential program issued September Informational meeting for Proposal for Second Cohort
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FINAL REPORT TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE On the DEFENSE REINVESTMENT INITIATIVE October Professional Development Seminar at California Museum of Science and Industry, Reception for Los Angeles Dignitaries November Third DRIAB Meeting Phase III November Site for Second Cohort selected Professional Development Seminar at California Institute of Technology 1996 January Workshop for Cooperating Teachers June Fellows began Student Teaching August Fellows completed credential program Fourth DRIAB Meeting Professional Development Seminar at Discovery Museum’s Launch Pad September Most Fellows began teaching Phase IV November First Saturday Seminar for Fellows 1997 February Saturday Seminar for Fellows April Two Saturday Seminars for Fellows Paper presented at National Association for Alternative Educator Preparation, Certification, and Licensure meeting, Norfolk, VA May Fifth DRIAB Meeting Saturday Seminar for Fellows August Summer Workshops for Fellows September Two Saturday Seminars for Fellows November Saturday Seminar for Fellows 1998 February Sixth DRIAB Meeting (half-day) Two Saturday Seminars for Fellows March Two Saturday Seminars for Fellows May Saturday Seminar for Fellows Phase V September Final DRIAB Meeting Final Report Drafted Two Saturday Seminars for Fellow (following amendment to contract) December Mentoring Workshop for Fellows (following amendment to contract)
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