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$1.25 Million Grant to Develop Teacher Training Institute


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The U.S. National Science Foundation has given Arizona State University a five-year, $1.25 million grant to create the Modeling Institute, which will pool university research on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. "Among our major priorities is ensuring that all teachers are equipped with deep content knowledge, are passionate about their fields of expertise and their teaching, and are well-prepared to develop the talents of their students," says ASU's Elizabeth Capaldi. The project will emphasize modeling, a teaching method that provides students with context for subject material. The project will combine STEM teaching resources and emphasize middle school teaching and modeling education.

ASU will admit 25 of the highest-qualified elementary school teachers into the Modeling Institute for the first two years of the program. During the following three years, the Modeling Institute will admit 50 more teachers per year, adding up to 200 highly-qualified STEM elementary school teachers in just five years. Participants will graduate with a master's degree emphasizing their knowledge of STEM disciplines.

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