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07 June 2005

JSU's 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)

Jacksonville State 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 students.

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.

Teachers 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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