MSP grant funds teacher academy

For immediate release: June 13, 2016

BLOOMSBURG — Eighty-four local teachers will participate in Bloomsburg University’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Academies during the summers of 2016 and 2017, thanks to a two-year Math and Science Partnership (MSP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant was awarded to the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, in collaboration with the Regional STEM Education Center at BU.

Thirty-four teachers will enroll in a master’s-level course focused on integrating mathematics and science content, skills and methods into the curriculum. Taught by faculty from BU’s Department of Mathematical and Digital Sciences, the class will meet from July 11 to 22.

The remaining 50 teachers will take part in next summer’s academy. The grant — $368,600 for the first year and $360,470 for the second year — covers tuition for all of the teachers, who will earn three graduate credits each.

“This is a great opportunity for Bloomsburg University to participate in a highly competitive federal teacher professional development grant,” said Kimberly Bolig, director of the Regional STEM Education Center at BU. “We are pleased to build upon the many STEM-enhancement programs we offer for students, including the Great STEM Adventure Camps, to provide educational opportunities for their teachers.” 

The MSP Program funds collaborative partnerships between STEM departments at institutions of higher education and high-need school districts. These partnerships provide intensive, content-rich professional development to teachers and other educators, with the goal of improving classroom instruction and student achievement in math and science.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.