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UR gets grant to train local math and science teachers

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A $3 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education is being used to train math and science teachers. And their skills will be used to educate students in six local districts.

The National Science Foundation grant is helping to provide each student in K-12 with a digitally rich tool to enhance their learning. The partnership is between six districts: East Irondequoit, Geneva, Newark, Dansville, Penn Yan, and Auburn.

We’re told every student will receive a tablet or laptop computer. This project will support efforts centered on transforming math and science teaching and learning.

“We want to support teachers moving from technology as a replacement, to technology as innovation as new experiences they can’t otherwise engage in,” said Cindy Callard, Executive Director of Professional Development, U of R Warner School.

So far, the six districts involved will equally share this money. Callard explains how the funding will benefit students and teachers: “Teachers will have opportunities to engage in some professional development experiences that will help them think about what does it mean to teach mathematics and science and how do we incorporate the technology into our math and science teachings.”

We’re told the project will continue over the next five years. During that time, the grant will provide training to 20 experienced teachers who will serve as master teaching fellows in these six school districts.

To learn more about the grant, click here.

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