Miami Universitys Oxford and Middletown campuses have been awarded a total of $502,150 in Eisenhower Professional Development Program funds through the Ohio Board of Regents to fund five mathematics and science education projects.
Miami had more projects funded than any other college or university in Ohio.
The Regents approved release of more than $2.1 million in funds from the federal Eisenhower program for 31 projects statewide that support intensive development opportunities for practicing mathematics and science teachers and address populations that historically lacked access to equal educational opportunities in math and science.
Miami project awards include:
- "Teaching Science with TOYS-Targeting Ohio III," $109,329, Arlyne Sarquis and Lynn Hogue (both chemistry and biochemistry, Middletown);
- "Blending Reading, Investigations, and Discovery into the Goals of Elementary Sciences (BRIDGES III)," $107,959, Arlyne Sarquis (chemistry and biochemistry, Middletown);
- "Using Native American Stories to Attain Ohio Elementary School Competency-based Science Standards," $105,321, Robert G. McWilliams (geology emeritus) and Richard E. Lee Jr. (zoology);
- "ACTIVE Chemistry: Adding Context + Technology + Inquiry = Very Exciting (ACTIVE 3)," $93,814, Jerry Sarquis (chemistry and biochemistry, Oxford) and Lynn Hogue (chemistry and biochemistry, Middletown); and
- "The Dragonfly District Program: A Model for Inquiry-driven Systemic Reform from the Lebanon Area Schools and Miami University," $85,727, Chris Myers, Hays Cummins (both interdisciplinary studies) and Peggy McClusky (Lebanon schools).
"The universitys success in this competition each year points out the serious commitment that our faculty has to working with K-12 teachers and schools," said Bill Rauckhorst, Miami associate provost for scholarship and teaching. "I personally have admired this commitment for many years, and consider efforts such as those funded through the Eisenhower Program to be one of the defining features of Miami University."
Typical Eisenhower projects emphasize a hands-on, inquiry-based, problem-solving approach to teaching and learning science and mathematics. Projects bring teachers in contact with the latest advances in the field.
A 21-member review panel of experts from all levels of science and mathematics education ranked the proposals and made recommendations.
The Eisenhower program annually distributes federal funds to all 50 states. Each states share is based on the number of school children in the state.