The TCU Andrews Institute of Mathematics and Science Education has received a $257,437 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to continue a professional development program for 32 middle and high school biology teachers.
Molly Weinburgh, professor and director of the Andrews Institute, and Cecilia Silva, professor of education, will lead the program.
Throughout the program, participants will learn new strategies for teaching key biology concepts and ways to shift science teaching from the traditional teach-led, lecture-driven classroom to a hands-on, inquiry-based learning environment. Participants also learn ways to engage and improve the classroom experience for English language learners.
The program includes a three-week intensive summer workshop, monthly Saturday meetings and in-class coaching to provide additional support during the school year. Teachers who participated in the 2014-2015 professional development program will continue through the 2015-2016 school year.
In addition to K-12 science and mathematics teacher workshops, the TCU Andrews Institute provides summer camps and other activities for students and pre-service teachers that increase interest in and understanding of mathematics and science.
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