Manila teachers participate in workshop

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Manila Middle School teachers, Tammi Scott and Pam Holden, and Oak Meadow Middle School teacher Katrina Prince use a temperature probe to determine the temperature change of a dissolving process at ASU workshop. (photo provided)

Manila Middle School teachers Tammi Scott and Pam Holden joined other science teachers of grades 5-7 from Northeast Arkansas to attend a grant institute at Arkansas State University July 15-18, July 22-25. They will also attend two Saturdays during the school year.

The grant partners include Arkansas State University College of Education and Department of Chemistry and Physics, Blytheville School District and Osceola School District. The grant director is Dr. Julie Grady (ASU); grant instructors include Debby Rogers, Dr. Tillman Kennon, Dr. Julie Grady and Dr. Danita Gibson.

The Fostering Science Learning grant is funded 100 percent by a $67,345 U.S. Department of Education No Child Life Behind grant administered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

The goals of the grant are to improve science content knowledge and teaching practices of science teachers in grades 5-7 with the ultimate goal of strengthening students' success in their science classes.

During the grant-funded workshop, teachers participated in numerous learning experiences to strengthen their content knowledge and instructional practices of physical science (matter: properties and changes) and nature of science.

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