GW Receives $1.1 Million for DC Teacher Science, Tech, Engineering and Mathematics Training | Schools
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WASHINGTON -- The George Washington University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS), in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is the recipient of a $1.1 million grant from the United States Department of Education. Through the departments’ Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program and the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the grant, D.C. Advancing Competencies in Technology and Science (DC ACTS), will support a leadership program to provide D.C. science teachers within public, charter, private and Catholic schools, with much-needed science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content knowledge.
“In addition to making high-quality GW education available and accessible to D.C teachers, DC ACTS is hoping to provide a national model,” said Dr. Ali Eskandarian, CPS senior associate dean and lead researcher for the project. “We want to emphasize the sustained and substantive engagement of K-12 teachers in STEM fields over multiple years; this is essential to eradicating the systemic deficiencies in STEM education in the U.S.”
To date, 22 teachers have been recruited for the program from the following local schools: Options Public Charter School, H.D. Woodson B & F Academy, New Beginnings Vocational Program, Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Emery STEM Educational Center, Brookland Educational Campus at Bunker Hill, Prospect Learning Center, Meridian Public Charter School, Washington Latin Public Charter School, Kelly Miller Middle School, Kramer Middle School, Eliot-Hine Middle School, Rose L. Hardy Middle School, Truesdell Educational Center, Booker T. Washington High School, Friendship Public Charter School, Blow Pierce Charter School and Seed Public Charter School.
“The program seeks to achieve three main goals,” said Joan Abdallah, program director for K-16 programs and D.C. initiatives for AAAS. “We want to increase the mathematical knowledge relevant to the physical sciences; second, implement content-rich, standards-based, graduate-level courses that deepen teachers' knowledge of content above the level they are required to teach; and third, examine classroom materials for content accuracy in order to modify as needed science experiences that integrate scientific and instructional technology.”
Through CPS, the program, aims to reach middle and high school teachers, will provide graduate-level courses in mathematical techniques used in science and the essential courses covering required topics in the physical sciences.
The George Washington University’s College of Professional Studies programs are designed to fit the needs and lifestyles of adult learners and working professionals, combining the expertise of University faculty with that of outside partners including government agencies, professional associations, consulting organizations and business and industry leaders. To learn more about GW’s College of Professional Studies, visit http://cps.gwu.edu.
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