Adams State receives ESEA Grant

(05-24-2012)

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded Adams State University a Title III Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) grant beginning May 1. The five-year grant’s mission is to increase K-12 teacher training in science and technology, so they may better serve English language learners and students of color.

According to Dr. Joel Judd, professor of teacher education and grant author, the three main goals include 90 Colorado teachers obtaining the "Culturally and Linguistically Diverse" endorsement to their license; 40 K-12 teachers receiving a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Certificate; and 40 teachers receiving pre-K STEM training.

Adams State will partner with the Space Foundation on the STEM activities. The K-12 STEM teachers will receive four Foundation courses over the next two summers, and apply the knowledge and skills in their classrooms as well as mentor a colleague in the same skills. The pre-K teachers will receive the Foundation's early childhood course in summer 2015, and also apply the skills in their schools and with a colleague.

Judd said the intent, across the 3 programs of study, will be to strategically place teachers in partnering districts pre-K through 12, and demonstrate an increase in the numbers and achievement of English language learners and Hispanic students.

Participating teachers can receive graduate-level credit for the courses and a certificate and can apply three of the courses towards Adams State's Curriculum and Instruction Masters in Education degree.

"By working with teachers at the preschool level, students' exposure to the sciences will begin at an early age," Judd said. "This can increase the likelihood the students will study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at all education levels and hopefully pursue careers in those fields."