New STEM Grant
The Teacher Quality Institute was recently awarded a $110,000 grant by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education for a proposal entitled Developing Critical Thinking Skills Using Science and Engineering Practice. This innovative project is anticipated to produce a regional impact, providing middle school math and science educators with helpful teaching strategies through the use of classroom technologies and a mentor-based approach.
The concept for this program arose from the desire to lend further support to beginning
teachers. Master’s-level math and science instructors will work with entry-level
educators in the region to share insight, experience, and knowledge.
The program began in 2016 with a summer workshop, in which the two groups will collaborate to develop STEM lesson plans and standard-based units. As the middle school teachers work to implement this instructional material into their own classrooms, they will receive continued support from mentors via the aid of innovative technologies.