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CSUB Teacher Education Department awarded grant
December 03, 2013
CSU Bakersfield is proud to announce that the Teacher Education Department in the School of Social Sciences & Education was awarded a Chancellor’s Office Bechtel Foundation grant. The $19,500 grant will provide funds through 2014 to enhance undergraduate coursework and practicum experiences in science as part of a unique pilot program.
The Teacher Education Department, in collaboration with the school of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering approached science education with an interdisciplinary partnership. Together they developed a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) practicum course, revised courses to align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) standards, and included an Academic Literacy Module. This new course provides future elementary teachers with the opportunity to work directly with middle school students in scientific investigation and discovery. Fourteen students are in the pilot program and work in the afterschool program at Sierra Middle School in the Bakersfield City School District.
“This partnership demonstrates the significant benefits that occur when teacher preparation programs and schools collaborate to improve student learning,” said, Dr. Kristina LaGue, Chair of the CSUB Teacher Education Department. “The pre-service teachers are guided by an expert teacher to inspire, encourage, and challenge the students in STEM focused activities.”
For more information on the NGSS Science Project Grant and other CSU campus recipients, please visit http://teachingcommons.cdl.edu/CSUNGSScommunity/campus_grants/.