published Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Chattanooga: UTC gets grants to improve teacher quality

UTC received more than $350,000 in grants to help improve teacher quality in Hamilton County, officials announced Monday.

The money comes from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to fund five Improving Teacher Quality projects, which include:

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* PLAN of ACTion for High School Mathematics Teachers, $74,679: A summer workshop for high school math teachers will cover teaching strategies to prepare their students for the standardized PLAN test they take in 10th grade.

* Mapping a Curriculum to Explore in Middle School Mathematics, $62,709: A summer workshop to assist middle-school teachers in understanding the upcoming changes to state curriculum and standards.

* Mathematical Processes and Problem Solving, $74,760: A series of summer workshops to target improvement in teachers’ math process and problem-solving skills.

* STARS in the Classroom (Science Teachers Achieving Real Success in the Classroom), $74,536: A summer professional development workshop for teachers from the Memphis City School system.

* Reading Nonfiction, Reading the World: Preparing Middle and High School Students for Academic Success and Informed Citizenship, $72,253: A summer workshop to introduce teachers to reading strategies, reflective writing, hands-on projects, and assessment methods designed to help teachers facilitate their students’ understanding of nonfiction texts.

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