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5 Things you need to know, May 2021

Did you know?
There are student loan forgiveness programs and scholarships for teachers? Check out the Becoming a Teacher section of our website to learn more.

1. Videos are here!

In cooperation with Circuit Media, we have developed a set of short professional videos that utilize the GFO-tested messaging, for you to use in your recruiting efforts (show in a class, email to a colleague, etc.).
Check out video #1 “What you don’t know about the teaching profession”.
  • Video #2: Why I love my life as a teacher
  • Video #3: Why I decided to pursue teaching as a career
  • Video #5: Teaching high school vs. teaching college

2. How do I most effectively use GFO recruitment materials?

If you’re a faculty member or advisor working to recruit students to the teaching profession, you are probably eagerly making use of the Get the Facts Out recruitment materials. But you may have wondered: "Am I using these materials in the most effective way?" Our external evaluator, Stephanie Chasteen, has created checklists to help you focus on the key features that help create impactful presentations and an effective overall campaign.
Here are 3 tips for optimizing your impact.
  • Emphasize the key messages
  • Avoid voicing misperceptions
  • Facilitate participant discussion about the facts
Learn more about these features in this short blog article.

3. We need your help … to Get the Facts Out to Faculty and Advisors!

To ensure that we can change the conversation around STEM teacher recruitment, we need assistance from the entire GFO community (this means you!) to share GFO with faculty, staff, and advisors widely and often. To achieve impact, we need influencers, the people that students look to for advice, to be aware of the facts about the teaching profession. Here are some ideas:
  • Give or host a GFO colloquium at your institution or a neighboring institution (get in touch with us as if you’d like help identifying a presenter)
  • Share GFO resources with faculty and staff in your department.
  • Encourage colleagues who focus on STEM teacher recruitment to sign up as GFO champions
  • Share (e.g. email, casual conversation) GFO materials with your colleagues in Schools of Education who work in secondary STEM teacher prep, including directors of UTeach programs.
  • Share the newly released GFO videos with colleagues.

4. Sharing the facts with Faculty makes a difference!

Exciting results from California State University Long Beach (CSULB), a GFO Comprehensive Study Site! CSULB faculty members have been working hard to improve perceptions of grade 7-12 physics, math, and chemistry teaching. This has included targeted efforts to improve faculty perceptions through formal presentations as well as through informal sharing of information. Their work resulted in large changes in student perceptions from 2019 to 2020 regarding whether students felt that their department values and encourages teaching. The radar plot below shows these changes as measured by the PTaP; “100” (the perimeter of the plot) represents complete agreement with experts in each category. As can be seen in the plot, perceptions in “My Department Values and Encourages Teaching” improved dramatically both for those who wanted to become teachers and for those who did not between 2019 and 2020. Additionally, a larger fraction of students reported that they would either become certified to teach or were interested in teaching during our 2020 data collection.
Thank you to Chuhee Kwon, Laura Henriques, Bebette Benken, and the rest of the CSULB team for your efforts!

5. Upcoming Events/Opportunities of Interest

Brush up on your GFO presentations and explore these opportunities from the GFO community!
  • Mississippi affiliate of AMTE (MAMTE) GFO Webinar Event Date: 5/17/2021
    Register Here!
  • Build a better tomorrow by supporting future chemistry teachers today!! Free GFO Webinar hosted by ACS
    Event Date: 6/3/2021, 11:00 AM, Eastern Time
    Register here!
  • Secondary chemistry teaching: Do you know the facts?
    Midatlantic Regional Meeting of the ACS
    Innovations in Chemistry Education Symposium
    Event Date: 6/9/2021, 9:10 AM, Eastern
    Register here!

6. Our community of champions is growing. Join us!

A GFO Champion is anyone who shares facts about the teaching profession by using the materials and messages from the GFO project locally or nationally. It helps the project a great deal if you register as a Champion—and, you will appear on the community map, earn designations that can be included in your professional portfolio, and can request local teacher salary and benefits data.
Congratulations to our newest champions and welcome to the GFO team!

Alice Churukian (Physics - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Aimee Hollander (Science Ed - Nicholls State University), Thomas M. Brown (Physics - Appalachian State University), Tonya Coffey (Physics - Appalachian State University), Jeremy Zelkowski (Math - The University of Alabama), Chuhee Kwon (Physics - California State University Long Beach), Laura Henriques (Science Ed - California State University Long Beach), Will Murray (Math - California State University Long Beach), Andreas Bill (Physics - California State University Long Beach), Babette Benken (Math - California State University Long Beach), Chris Brazier (Chemistry - California State University Long Beach), Jennifer Albert (Chemistry - The Citadel), Michelle Cirillo (Math - University of Delaware), Kathryn Early (Math - Auburn University), Michelle King (Math - Western Colorado University), Linda Venenciano (Math - University of Hawai'i at Mānoa), Daniel Bolton (Physics - University of Colorado Boulder), Stephanie Casey (Math - Eastern Michigan University), Bethany LaValley (Math - The University of Mississippi), Dori Hargrove (Math - Shepherd University)

Learn more and register as a GFO Champion today!

Are you a current champion? Don’t forget to log your activities! You’ll earn points towards your badge, as well as help us learn about how GFO is being used (plus document our impact for the NSF!)
Talk to us! We want to hear from you – your successes, challenges, questions and concerns!  Email

Get the Facts Out is an NSF funded partnership between the Colorado School of Mines and four national societies: American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers, and the Mathematical Association of America. GFO is a unique project that is designed to reach STEM majors in a large fraction of all U.S. mathematics, chemistry and physics departments and has potential to significantly address teacher shortages in these high-need STEM disciplines.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1821710 & 1821462. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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