TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 9, 2013) – The University of Central Florida (UCF) has awarded $97,333 to Tallahassee Community College (TCC) to support a professional development training program for K-12 science teachers in north central Florida. The program will build on the success of a 2012 Science Understanding, Math Mentoring Integrated Technology (SUMMIT) training program led by UCF and TCC that served 30 middle school science teachers. The current grant award will enable UCF and TCC to offer a five-day science workshop to prepare 50 K-12 teachers for the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards adopted by the State of Florida. The workshop will present ways of teaching science using the inquiry method while incorporating lesson study and lesson development. The participating teachers will then conduct two days of lesson studies at their schools. Each teacher will also receive a science kit that will be used during the training session and for classroom use. Each kit is valued at $350 and will provide classroom tools that foster hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences. “This program is designed to increase student science achievement by strengthening teachers’ knowledge and skills,” said Roger Milton, TCC Quincy House Manager, who serves as project coordinator. The training program is made possible by funding support from the Florida Department of Education through the SUMMIT Program, which is led by Dr. Larry Chew of the UCF Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
For further information about the program, please contact Mr. Milton at (850) 558-3620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.