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EAC’s biology department awarded grant to assist local science teachers

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EAC’s biology department awarded grant to assist local science teachers

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s biology department, in conjunction with the Gila County Educational Service Agency (ESA), has been given notice of award for the 2008 Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant from the Arizona Department of Education. This $520,000 grant is for the development and facilitation of classes and curriculum geared towards enhancing science content and teaching methods of elementary and junior high instructors from southeastern Arizona. The 19-month grant will allow 60 instructors to register and attend EAC for two week-long summer institutes, four two-day follow up sessions, and monthly online interventions and site visits.

EAC biology instructors David Henson, Mike McCarthy, and Tammy Gillespie will design the curriculum and course work, instruct the institutes and workshops, and coordinate the dialogue throughout the grant cycle. EAC Dean of Instruction Phil McBride will act as liaison between the College and Gila ESA.

The grant will be administered by Diana Haynes, Gila ESA Math/Science Implementation Specialist. Haynes has worked with Henson on several Math/Science Institutes and workshops. In early September, Haynes approached the College with the concept and worked with EAC’s biology instructors in writing the grant.

“The goal is to empower our local instructors with standards-based content comprehension at a deeper level of understanding than they received during their educational preparation coursework,” said Henson.

The target group will be fifth to eighth grade science teachers from Gila, Graham, and Greenlee counties.