High school students beneficiaries of Troy University program

Posted: Monday, 19 April 2010

TROY—Three local school systems will get enhanced civics, government and economics programs thanks to Troy University and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

“We the People” and “Economics in America” is being delivered to school systems in Butler, Conecuh and Crenshaw counties by the University’s College of Education and College of Communication and Fine Arts, ACHE’s Improving Teacher Quality: Master of Content grant funds, No Child Left Behind, the Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education and the Center for Civic Education.

“These programs will provide staff and materials for training teachers, said Dr. Dianne Gossett, a professor in the College of Education, who is helping coordinate the program. “Troy University professors will assist in mentoring, training and providing follow-up activities as teachers implement the new techniques and ideas into their classrooms.”

Included in the program are two training sessions for teachers, the first of which kicks off on Thursday, April 22. Part two of the training will be May 3-4 and both aim to expand content knowledge and technology skills of teachers, and instructional leadership skills of principals.

Partner schools will implement both programs in Fall 2010 and build participation in a mock congressional hearing in government and civics classes. In addition, textbooks will be provided for partnership schools, as well as materials for classroom activities “What Economics is All About,” “History’s Mysteries,” and “Stock Market Game.”