FHSU faculty members awarded teacher enhancement grant for workshop

HAYS, KS -- A project coordinated by two Fort Hays State University faculty members recently received a $118,794 boost.

The two-year teacher enhancement grant was awarded to Dr. Paul Adams, associate professor of physics, and Karen Hickman, assistant professor of biological sciences, by the federally funded Eisenhower Program, administered by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Project IRIS: Inquiry, Research and Integrated Science -- Improving Middle School Instruction through Integration of Physical and Plant Sciences, is the beneficiary of the grant. It is designed to improve the instruction of science by high school and middle school teachers.

The project is intended to support 24 middle- and high-school teachers in learning and developing classroom materials to integrate plant science and physical science concepts into their classroom curricula.

An initial workshop will take place from June 4-15. Follow-up activities during the academic year will also take place for those who attend the two-week workshop. Teachers who attending the workshop will receive a stipend, materials and technology equipment.

Along with Adams and Hickman, Dr. Germaine Taggart, assistant professor of teacher education, Dr. James Hohman, professor of chemistry, and Cheryl Shepherd-Adams, physics teacher at Hays High School, will assist with the workshop.

The workshop is also supported by the Fort Hays Educational Development Center.

Teachers interested in more information about this workshop can contact Paul Adams by phone at (785) 628-4500 or by e-mail at padams@fhsu.edu.

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