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 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)