Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
The Graduate Teaching Fellows GK-12 Education (GK-12) Program is designed to improve graduate students’ communication, teaching, collaboration, and teamwork skills; provide professional development opportunities to K-12 teachers; enrich the learning of K-12 students; and foster stronger partnerships between institutions of higher education (IHE’s) and local school districts. The program uses grants to IHEs to fund STEM graduate students to achieve their goals through fellowships. Abt conducted an evaluation in 2006 to provide data on the experiences of GK-12 fellows and to compare them to those of other graduate students in the same departments. It also examined outcomes for K-12 teachers who participated in the program. Findings from this study provided the National Science Foundation with essential information to guide its decisions on the direction of the GK-12 program.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.