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VDOE Awards Grants Funding STEM-Related In-Service Training for 1,064 Teachers

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is awarding grants totaling more than $2.7 million to 17 partnerships between school divisions, colleges and universities to increase content knowledge and sharpen classroom skills of teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NVTC’s legislative priorities include the need to bolster state support for STEM education at all levels.

More than $1.3 million of the grants were awarded to fund eight new projects, including partnerships involving NVTC member universities:

  • Teaching Scientific Inquiry and the Nature of Science for Grades K-5 – University of Virginia (U.Va.) and Charlottesville Public Schools; $274,677 to serve 120 teachers.
  • Expeditions in Science, Technology and Engineering Education through Mathematics (ESTEEM): Grades 9-12 – George Mason University and five school divisions: Manassas, Manassas Park, Fairfax County, Hopewell, Prince William County; as well as the Governor's School at Innovative Park; $175,000 to serve 60 teachers.
  • Inquiry by Engineering Design in Middle School Science and Mathematics – Virginia Tech and Montgomery County Public Schools; $140,000 to serve 20 teachers.

Continuation grants totaling nearly $1.5 million were awarded to nine projects including:

  • Center for Excellence in Mathematics Professional Learning and Coaching in Northern Virginia for Grades K-3 – George Mason University and six school divisions: Alexandria, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudoun County, Manassas and Prince William County; $175,731 to serve 60 teachers.
  • Center for Excellence in Mathematics Professional Learning and Coaching in Northern Virginia for Grades 7-8: Fostering Algebra Connections through Critical Thinking Skills (FACTS) in Rational Numbers & Proportional Reasoning – George Mason University and six school divisions: Alexandria, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudoun County, Manassas and Prince William County; $188,541 to serve 60 teachers.
  • Process Standards Approach to Build Bridges from Arithmetic to Algebraic Thinking, Grades 4-6 – U.Va. and 13 school divisions: Albemarle County, Arlington County, Bedford County, Campbell County, Charlottesville, Culpeper County, Fauquier County, Fluvanna County, Frederick County, Gloucester County, Loudoun County, Spotsylvania County and Stafford County; $159,240 to serve 38 teachers.
  • 21st-Century Teaching Leads to 21st-Century Learning: Functions Algebra Project – U.Va. and 16 school divisions: Albemarle County, Alexandria, Arlington County, Campbell County, Charlottesville, Culpeper County, Fauquier County, Fluvanna County, Frederick County, Gloucester County, Loudoun County, Page County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, Staunton and Westmoreland County; $200,000 to serve 55 teachers.

Combined, the new and continuing mathematics and science partnerships will provide professional development for 1,064 teachers. For more information, click here.