Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program
The Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program
The Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program is part of the STEM Education Initiative at USF that serves as an umbrella for new teacher education programs for middle school STEM teachers. Pre-service teachers in this program earn certification to teach middle school STEM courses.
All content, methods, and education courses in this program are designed to specifically focus on middle school learners, curriculum, teaching, and content. It includes two-semester long early field experiences and a yearlong teaching residency in which the pre-service teachers co-teach with a Hillsborough County Public School teacher for an entire academic year. Development of these teacher education programs is funded by the Helios Education Foundation for $3,166,000.
Making use of a 2.7 million dollar award from the Helios Education Foundation, this project supports the implementation of the newly developed STEM middle school teacher education program for STEM teachers. This program is:
- Collaboratively developed by the USF teacher education, content, and engineering faculty, content specialists from Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), and the Helios Education Foundation.
- Linked to practice through a yearlong residency program supervised by effective teachers.
- Based on ongoing professional development for clinical faculty, collaborating teachers, and residents.
- Supported by clinical faculty tied to both the University and school districts to ensure consistent connections between coursework and practice.
- Dependent on the continuous assessment of teacher effectiveness and student learning.
This program addresses the call to prepare effective teachers for the 21st-century
classroom by engaging them in extensive
field-based clinical training supported by skilled practitioners. The aim is to produce and enhance the retention of middle school STEM educators who enter the field ready to teach rigorous content standards (e.g., Common Core Standards for
Mathematics, Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Science), understand the unique learning needs of adolescent learners, and are prepared to teach a diverse student population, including those in high-needs environments.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Cheryl Ellerbrock
For inquiries contact: Cheryl Ellerbrock, Ellerbro@usf.edu
Visit the Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program site.