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JSU To Assist High School Physics & Chemistry Teachers

May 1, 2003 -- Beginning this summer, Jacksonville State University is going to help high school physics and chemistry teachers who would like to obtain professional development, classroom content and teaching materials -- all for free.

A $90,000, three-year grant from the federal No Child Left Behind program will pay for JSU's Project IMPACTSEED (Improving Physics and Chemistry Teaching in Secondary Education), which will offer professional development courses, technology workshops and on-site support to teachers. The grant was provided through the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

Dr. Nouredine Zettili, physics professor and project director, said the program will begin this summer with a two-week professional development program for teachers to be held on campus June 2 through 13. Zettili said a series of five technology workshops, "designed to bring technology into the classroom to show the many applications of physics and chemistry in our daily lives and industry," will follow during the 2003-04 academic year.

"The primary goal of IMPACTSEED is to bring the preparation of chemistry and physics teachers in alignment with state and national standards so that every student receives high quality instruction," Zettili said. "IMPACTSEED is intended to help teachers achieve a double aim: to make physics and chemistry understandable and fun to learn within a hands-on setting and to overcome the fear factor among students."

Although 12 area school systems have been invited to participate, teachers from other systems are welcome. Enrollment is free and the teachers will be given teaching modules and classroom materials.

Space is limited to 20 teachers and acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration form can be found at www.jsu.edu/depart/pes/physics/nzettili. For further information, contact Zettili at 256-782-8077 or at nzettili@jsu.edu.

President Bush last year reauthorized the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which has been called the most sweeping reform of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since ESEA was enacted in 1965. It redefines the federal role in K-12 education and is designed to help close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. It is based on four basic principles: stronger accountability for results, increased flexibility and local control, expanded options for parents, and an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work.


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