ACU’s Teacher Quality Grant renewed

Posted March 09, 2015

Abilene Christian University has received $979,000 in funding for the Teacher Quality Grant for the 2015-16 school year.

This is ACU’s 16th consecutive year to receive 
funding through the science and math program, representing a grand total of more than $3.27 million.

ACU is part of a consortium, along with Angelo State University, that received funding for the coming school year. 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.

“Participating teachers have formed an informal network sharing ideas, thoughts and needs with each other - something that most likely would not have developed had they not participated in the grant,” said Dr. Lloyd Goldsmith, professor in the Department of Graduate Studies in Education and one of the program directors.

Goldsmith, along with Dr. Donnie Snider, associate professor and dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and Dr. Kim Pamplin, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, direct the program for ACU, while Dr. David Bixler and Dr. Christine Purkiss, professors of physics and elementary science, are co-directors at Angelo State.

Over the life of the grant, numerous staff members and at least 32 ACU faculty members have directed, taught or worked on the grant. An estimate of 25,000 students in chemistry, biology or middle school science have benefited from the grant, as well as 147 teachers in 88 public, private and charter schools.


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