ACU receives $1M in Teacher Quality Grants

Posted March 07, 2014

ACU is part of a consortium that received two Teacher Quality Grants 
totaling $1 million in January 2014. The funding is intended to help 
connect ACU educators with area teachers and to provide high quality 
intensive professional development through interactive meetings, 
instruction on new techniques and tools, technology training and field 
trips around the state. This is ACU's 15th consecutive year to receive 
funding through the program.

Since 1989, ACU has received more than $4.5 million in Teacher Quality 
Grants. Each grant serves to connect Texas teachers with the knowledge and 
expertise of university instructors. Only 12 grants were awarded in the 
state this year.

ACU, in collaboration with Angelo State University and the University of 
Texas of the Permian Basin, will uphold the West Texas Mathematics 
Consortium (WTMC) component. This program provides 60 hours of professional 
development during a two-week summer workshop, followed by monthly 
follow-up meetings throughout the school year. Courses focus on 
measurement, one of the lowest performance areas in the state. ACU will 
sponsor 16 of the 64 teachers invited to attend. Dr. Connie Yarema of ACU's 
Department of Mathematics will oversee the project's activity at ACU.

ACU project directors for the science grant component include Dr. Kim 
Pamplin, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Dr. Lloyd 
Goldsmith, associate professor in the Leadership and Learning program; and 
Dr. Donnie Snider, graduate director and dean of the College of Education 
and Human Services.

Of the $491,000 received through the Teacher Quality Grant for science, 
more than half has been granted to professors at Angelo State University. 
Together, the universities will bring teachers up to speed in teaching 
chemistry, biology, physics and elementary school science through the 
innovative use of technology, field trips and environmental design that 
promotes student activity.

"One way that instructional leaders know when staff development is 
successful is when teachers develop informal networks collaborating on how 
to implement the training they received," says Dr. Goldsmith. "Teachers in 
our teacher quality grant network not only collaborate with each other, but 
also increase their sphere of influence by sharing what they have learned 
with other teachers who are not part of the grant."

To learn more about Teacher Quality Grants


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