The need for secondary education teachers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) outpaces the number of recruits entering the field. Also, the persistence of these individuals once they begin in the profession is an area of concern.
The goal of the REMAST (Recruit and Engage Math and Science Teachers) Phase I program at Newberry College was to more than double the number of secondary education math and science (Chemistry & Biology) teachers certified in a five year period.
After achieving this goal, Phase II now focuses on studying the factors that contribute to the retention of our scholars within the profession.
REMAST is unique in that we utilize several different avenues to build skills and community among the scholars (students at the undergraduate level), teaching fellows (students who have graduated from the program, and are now in the field), and mentor teachers (teachers that have served in the field and supervise our scholars during student teaching), including:
Newberry College sponsored professional development
Regional and national sponsored conference attendance Retreats
Continued access to REMAST faculty
Information about all of these, including the resources and development opportunities our scholars, fellows, and mentors have found the most useful, are located on the project Findings & Data page.
REMAST provided substantial scholarship funding for individuals pursuing Mathematics, Chemistry, or Biology degrees and were interested in teaching