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Julie Gess-Newsome with NAUTeach students.

S taying competitive in the Digital Age is no simple task. Companies, universi- ties and entire nations increasingly battle to develop the brainpower for competing in the 21st century. Yet, amid all the discussion and a barrage of news stories, one fact is clear: knowledge doesn’t just happen. It’s often the result of a complex loop of finding qualified teachers who can impart science and math expertise to the next generation of young people.

In recent years, the U.S. has found itself facing a serious challenge: it isn’t keeping up in teach- ing math and the sciences. In fact, according to the National Research Council, U.S. students continue to perform among the worst of all industrialized countries because schools have a critical shortage of qualified teachers in science, math and technology. Today, the shortage can be measured in the tens of thousands of teachers nationwide and the gap is growing.

NAU hopes to change the equation. A $3.4 mil- lion grant will be used to replicate a program

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