The University of Arizona

UA South Awarded APS Grant to Fund STEM Teacher Training

UA South is expanding its services for science, technology, engineering and math educators working in regions along the U.S.-Mexico border thanks to a significant Arizona Public Service grant.

The grant will fund the Sin Frontera Professional Development Program, a professional learning community designed for K-12 STEM teachers working in rural border communities. Etta Kralovec, associate professor of teacher education and program director of graduate teacher education at UA South, will serve as principal investigator.

Through Sin Frontera, UA South will augment teacher training and retention efforts in rural areas in Arizona that are in need of high-quality educators. It will also broaden the professional development opportunities available to teachers working in the region, connecting them with the latest teaching best practices and a network of fellow STEM educators.

Utilizing a grassroots approach, Sin Frontera will tap into UA South’s robust network of alumni and volunteers to lead its professional development offerings. The program will support monthly Math Circles under direction of the UA Center for the Retention of Math Teachers, as well as training in areas of pedagogical content knowledge, student engagement practices and field-based STEM programming.

Supporting the region’s school systems is just one aspect of UA South’s mission to serve Southern Arizona communities. In addition to traditional degree programs like education, it also offers several programs designed to address regional workforce needs in areas like informatics, government and public service, and regional commerce.