EGC, Ga. Tech partner with local schools in math, science project
by Emanuel County Live | May 30, 2007 12:00 am
Georgia Department of Education has awarded $100,460 to East Georgia College, Georgia Institute of Technology’s CEISMC, Emanuel County School System, Jefferson County School System, Toombs County School System and Vidalia City School System for a Mathematics and Science Partnership Program Grant. “The purpose of the grant is to fund educator training on the new Georgia Performance Standards for Math and Science in grade bands of 6 8 and 9 12,” said Jean Schwabe, director of Curriculum and Instruction at Emanuel County Board of Education and author of the grant.
“A cohort of 60 educators will be selected for participation in a two week intensive Summer Academy in June 2007 followed by quarterly professional learning sessions throughout the school year 2007 2008. The teacher cohort will then become a professional learning community and will in turn transport their knowledge to teachers in their respective schools. East Georgia College, the lead institution, will host the Summer Academy and share curriculum and teaching responsibilities with Marsha Sanders- Leigh and Joyce Palmer of Georgia Institute of Technology’s CEISMC. Dr. Jimmy Wedincamp, Project Director, and Dr. Bob Brown of East Georgia College will provide instruction. Program evaluation will be conducted by Dr. Tom McKlin of CEISMC with assistance from the partner school districts,” continued Schwabe.
“The Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant will have a significant economic impact on our region. The partner school systems are located in rural areas of Southeast Georgia where students need enhanced education to be competitive. Implementation of this program will greatly enhance student interest in math and science, result in improved math and science abilities and produce students that are better prepared for high tech jobs,” explained Jack Bareford, Director of Georgia Rural Economic Development Center at East Georgia College.
Attending the meeting were Superintendent of Emanuel County School System Butch Frye; Dr.Bob Brown, EGC Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science; Mrs. Jean Schwabe, Director of Curriculum and Instruction with the Emanuel County School System; Dr. Jimmy Wedincamp, EGC’s Chair of Mathematics and Science Division and Assistant Professor of Biology; and Director of GREDC (Georgia Rural Economic Development Center at EGC) and Continuing Education Mr. Jack Bareford meet at East Georgia College on the initiative.