Teachers to learn new approaches to teaching
Teachers to learn new approaches to teaching math and science
Posted on 06/16/2011

Summer break has just begun but 155 Floyd County teachers will go back to school on Monday as the system begins to provide extra teacher training funded by a Math/Science Partnership grant from the state. Floyd County Schools, Shorter University and Berry College worked together to secure a grant from the Georgia Department of Education that will fund professional development training for teachers of mathematics and science. The $598,810 Math/Science Partnership Grant was the largest awarded by the Georgia Department of Education this year. 

Through this partnership, Shorter, Berry and the school system will provide three weeks of summer workshops that will focus on improving math and science instruction. Faculty members at Shorter and Berry will provide in-depth, hands-on training at the Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy, Shorter’s School of Nursing and Berry’s Science Building. 

Dr. Lynn Plunkett will address some of the participants in the program on Monday, June 20 at 8:00 a.m. in the auditorium of the Berry College Science Building to kick-off the first week of training. Classes will also meet at Shorter and the College & Career Academy throughout the week and continue during the week of June 27 and July 11.

April Childers of Floyd County Schools serves as the grant director for the school system. Childers views the teacher training as critical for the success of the school system’s implementation of the new state curriculum requirements in math. “The new requirements have created a new dynamic for teaching math in our schools,” said Childers. “Teachers who have taught algebra as a stand-alone course for many years now also must include geometry, calculus and stats instruction in a math class.” Childers added, “This is an excellent opportunity for our teachers and I look forward to working with Shorter and Berry professors to improve math and science instruction.”

The grant was co-authored by Stephanie Graves, director of foundation relations at Shorter University, and Childers. The partnership will continue throughout the school year through online collaboration and Professional Learning Communities.