ACU receives $1M in Teacher Quality GrantsPosted 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."