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Kellogg Foundation Grant for Education
As Miami University's elementary education program prepares for three years of restructuring, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation has stepped up with a $283,880 grant.
The grant is part of a collaborative effort to integrate Miami with area elementary schools, early childhood centers and independent agencies. A better overall education for children and more effective teachers are the ultimate goal, said Brenda Dales, coordinator of the grant.
"We're trying to establish collaborations," Dales said. "We're trying to open some dialogue between entities that don't normally communicate for the purpose of instituting change. We're focusing on preparing people for this work, and the money from the grant will help us do that."
Current curriculum focuses on teacher instruction within Miami and limited field placements in public schools. The grant partners--Miami's School of Education and Allied Professions, department of nursing and speech pathology program and teachers from Milford South Elementary and Swifton Primary schools--hope to build a more comprehensive instruction policy for future educators.
Primary objectives of the restructuring project include updates of curriculum, roles, organizational infrastructures and policies. The grant partners are discussing specific uses for the Kellogg money such as professional development, teaching teams coordination, flexible scheduling, site development and training and materials.