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Longwood receives grant to expand opportunities for math and science teachers

March 26, 2008

Longwood University’s Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) has received a $141,943 math and science partnership grant from the Virginia Department of Education. The grant will fund an initiative titled “Expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Career and Technical Education” which will target Southside Virginia and is designed to address the real world and technical applications of math and science by facilitating interactions among teachers, students, research scientists, engineers and other industrial experts.

“I am excited about the professional development opportunities for teachers that will be offered through this grant. Our ultimate goal is to create engaged learning environments in order to improve student interest in math, science, technology, and engineering,” said Dr. Mano Talavier, director of the ITTIP.

Longwood University’s Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences and the ITTIP are working together to provide curriculum planning and teaching support for the program which will begin in summer 2008. Partnering schools include Henry County, Hopewell City, Martinsville City, Nottoway County, Patrick County, Prince George County, and Sussex County (members of the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium), the Virginia Museum of Natural History, and the National Institute of Aerospace. A minimum of 30 secondary school teachers will work in teams of three and receive at least 120 hours of training and year-long on-site support to enhance the integration of content knowledge and to explore real world applications of math, science, and technical education through graduate courses, workshops, and in-class support.

Dr. Edward Kinman, associate professor of geography at Longwood, along with Dr. Talaiver, Linda Townsend, and Rebecca Bowen of Longwood’s ITTIP, will teach summer courses beginning June 14 in Martinsville. The same courses will be taught in Prince George County beginning July 28. Dr. Kinman will teach “GIS Integration Across the Curriculum” and ITTIP faculty will teach a course on real world applications of math and science concepts in secondary instruction. In addition, staff members from the National Institute of Aerospace and the Virginia Museum of Natural History will teach workshops during the school year. Teachers will receive instructional support and training throughout the year.

The goals of the program are to offer rigorous professional development courses in integrating math, science, and career/technical education content to improve student interests in math, science, technology, and engineering; and to facilitate interaction among teachers to enable them to develop interdisciplinary techniques for teaching rigorous math and science concepts.