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Immaculata University Continues Its Partnership with the Math and Science Institute

Teachers from across Pennsylvania, 220 to be exact, are converging on Immaculata University as part of a three-year training program with the goal of expanding teachers´ knowledge of math and science so that students will improve in these vital educational areas. The federal grant, funded by the U.S. Office of Education, provides over $1.7 million per year.

Immaculata is a central partner in the state-wide grant, along with the Chester County Intermediate Unit and three other colleges in PA. The 220 teachers, who teach grades 3-12, are on the campus of Immaculata from July 25-29, for 40 hours of classroom instruction. Several faculty members from Immaculata are teaching the classes including Carl Pratt, Ph.D., Molli Jones, Ph.D., Sister Susan Cronin, IHM, Ph.D., and Eileen Hotte, Ph.D., adjunct professor of physics at Immaculata.

Teachers begin the training by attending the Goddard Space Flight Center, then they attend the week-long training at Immaculata, and later attend regional follow-up sessions. In May 2012, the teachers will be retested to assess their level of learning.

"The goal of the project is to increase participant teacher´s math and/or science content knowledge and teaching pedagogy using inquiry and problem based learning using web 2.0 tools," commented David Morgan, Ed.D., project co-director and director of special programs at Immaculata University.

Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
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