IMPACTSEED III Opens Summer Session for 28 Area Teachers
|Dr. James Conely
of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education's office of institutional
effectiveness and planning chats with JSU's Dr. Kathleen Friery
during a break in Monday morning's opening IMPACTSEED III classes.
(Photos by Al Harris)
University's third year of summer workshops provided by the IMPACTSEED
III program, which offers refresher-training for high school chemistry
and physics teachers, opened Monday morning at Martin Hall with approximately
28 area teachers in attendance. JSU's Summer Professional Institute
runs from June 6 - 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in 319 Martin Hall.
The program is funded
by an ACHE No Child Left Behind grant, which supports partnerships between
universities and high-need school districts to provide long-term, statewide
improvement of teaching for Alabama public and private school teachers.
A major objective
is to achieve high academic content and student performance standards,
with emphasis on serving high need local school districts. In these
projects, K-12 teachers receive individual hands-on training in the
most current technology and proven learning strategies.
At JSU, the primary
goal of IMPACTSEED III 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 from knowledgeable,
well-trained, and well-supported teachers. The project is intended to
help teachers achieve a double aim: (a) to make physics and chemistry
understandable and fun to learn within a hands-on, inquiry-oriented
setting; (b) to overcome the fear-factor for physics and chemistry among
The five components
of the project: (1) an intensive two-week summer professional development
program; (2) five technology workshops during the academic year; (3)
sustained, year-round on-site support to the teachers; (4) year-round
physics and chemistry hotlines to offer immediate support to the teachers
when needed; (5) a website to disseminate the results of the project
and to list useful resources.
IMPACTSEED III offers
hands-on, inquiry-based instruction with a strong correlation to the
Alabama Course of Study and national standards with primary emphasis
on having students discover rather than memorize and with teachers questioning
rather than telling.
attending JSU's summer institute are:
Kenna Allen, Dolomite;
H. Rick Brown, Wedowee; Christina Caldwell, Attalla; William Chandler,
Jacksonville; M. Sherrell Cleino, Heflin; Scott Clifton, Leesburg; Jason
Cole, Jacksonville; Eugene Dallas III, Newnan, Ga.; Jennifer Dasinger,
Heflin; Cindee East, Ashland; Keandra J. Gordon, Anniston; John E. Haynes,
Cropwell; J. Curtis Hendon, Cedar Bluff; Gwendolyn Hill, Lincoln; Peggy
Hobbs, Asheville; Hilarie Howard, Cedar Bluff; Ramona Jones, Talledega;
Lindy Mackey, Piedmont; Kelly McDowell, Rainbow City; Stacey McHan,
Cleveland, Ala.; Joe Nance, Roanoke; Laura Norris, Ashville; Paige Reece,
Rome, Ga.; Marcus Snead, Boaz; Paul Snell, Albertville; Robin Spoon,
Jacksonville; Aaron Studdard, Piedmont; Christopher Jay Vick; Talladega.
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