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Galvanizing University Leadership for Science Teacher Preparation: The Role of a Higher Education Association


"Can a national higher education association that communicates regularly with presidents and provosts, in concert with disciplinary societies that engage faculty, facilitate institutional change to strengthen science and mathematics teacher preparation? The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the American Physical Society, and 25 public research universities set out to address this question four years ago, as part of a MSP RETA. We found that engagement of university leaders and prominent support of teacher preparation helped institutions stimulate change. We also found that while most participants valued the heightened involvement of their senior leadership through the galvanizing action of APLU, its impact was most clearly felt by those institutions that achieved campus-wide change."