Department of Education receives Improving Teacher Quality grant

summer-mathFor a fourth consecutive year Marietta College received an Improving Teacher Quality grant, which is designed to increase academic achievement by improving math teacher quality for those in kindergarten through eighth grade, from the Ohio Board of Regents.
 
The grant is valued at $163,000.

Math teachers in Ohio interested in participating should submit their applications by March 7. Applications are available at:
 
• Marietta College’s Department of Education in Erwin 101
www.marietta.edu/~edu
• (740) 376-4633 or ebo001@marietta.edu
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This program is carried out by increasing the number of highly qualified K-8 math teachers in classrooms, and increasing the effectiveness of K-8 math teachers by holding local education agencies and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.
 
“This shows that the people at the Ohio Board of Regents, who administer this grant, recognize what a strong program we offer our local math teachers,” said Elaine O’Rourke, Director of Field and Clinical Experiences. “This program not only benefits our local teachers and schools but more importantly it is a benefit to their students.”
 
Marietta College will be able to select 45 K-8 math teachers from Ohio to participate in a Teaching Academy, which allows them to receive seven hours of graduate credit among many teaching skills. Throughout the year the teachers take place in different learning instruction. The teaching institute portion, which runs for 10 days during the summer provides all materials and allows the teachers some experience with difficult math lessons. The teachers even have a chance to practice lessons on local kindergarten through eighth grade students. Teachers must teach grades kindergarten through eight. The grant allows the program to run free of cost to participants.
 
Participants must attend all of the Academy classes and activities for all three terms, which begins with a mandatory orientation on April 2. The summer session runs from June 13-24. During the fall and spring there will be online classes and April 28, 2012, is the Presentation Day.
 
Among the program features are $250 in participant-selected materials for use in the classroom, a full-day AIMS workshop as part of the summer institute and a field trip to Blennerhassett Island.
 
For more information: Elaine O’Rourke, (740) 376-4663.
 
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