June 22, 2011
$140,000 grant funds program aimed at providing teachers with more effective resources and training in math and science instruction
LYNCHBURG–Randolph College has once again received a grant to provide local private and public school teachers with more effective training and resources to teach math and science.
The $140,000 grant is the third the College has received from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) since beginning the program.
“Science and Math Links: Research-Based Teaching Institute” was awarded to Peggy Schimmoeller, an education professor, Peter Sheldon, a physics professor, and Tatiana Gilstrap, an environmental science professor.
The Randolph professors head the Science Education Group, which trains elementary and middle school teachers to better teach science with an emphasis on using hands-on and inquiry based methods. The current program includes intensive assessment of how the training affects teachers’ attitudes toward science, the attitudes of their students toward science, and the learning of science measured using the students’ standardized test scores.
The 2011-12 grant allows the group to extend the program and focus on current teacher needs. Through the program, Randolph offers 60 K-8 teachers from local schools professional development in physical science and best teaching practices. In addition, the program includes resources and training in providing literacy in the content areas. The literacy component ensures that students are taught the skills they need to read, comprehend, and communicate in the sciences.