Troy University helping Wiregrass teachers through academy

Posted: Monday, 15 February 2016

DOTHAN - For the sixth consecutive year, Troy University will support teachers in the Wiregrass area and beyond through the Wiregrass Math, Science and Technology Leadership Academy.

Troy University recently received notification of a $55,000 grant award from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE), which will help the Academy continue its work in the Wiregrass.

Housed at the University’s Dothan Campus, the Academy is aimed at providing quality professional development for teachers in the areas of math, science and technology.

Teachers participate in a free week-long summer workshop, with follow-up meetings and contact support from the academy throughout the year. In addition to advanced teaching techniques and STEM-focused lesson plans taught during the workshop, teachers are provided technology supplies that will help them throughout the school year and beyond.

“The project provides opportunities for teachers to work with consultants specializing in technology and innovative teaching methods in the classroom. Teachers are provided with the materials, supplies and equipment needed to implement the best practices in their classroom,” said Dr. Vijaya Gompa, the project director. “Usually we try to give away an average of about $400 worth of educational supplies to teachers to use in the classroom.”

Previously school systems in Bessemer, Dothan, Eufaula, Enterprise, Escambia, Geneva and Ozark, as well as Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Jackson counties, have participated in the academy. Private schools Fort Dale Academy in Greenville and Providence Christian School in Dothan have also participated.

This project is funded in part by a federal grant under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) [P.L. 107-110, Title II, Part A/Subpart 3] administered by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. $55,000 (77 percent) of the cost of the project is financed with federal funds. $16,500 (23 percent) is provided by non-federal sources.

About ACHE funding

This project is funded in part by a federal grant under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) [P.L. 107-110, Title II, Part A/Subpart 3] administered by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. $55,000 (77 percent) of the cost of the project is financed with federal funds. $16,500 (23 percent) is provided by non-federal sources.

Opinions and findings expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Education or the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, and no official endorsement by either of these agencies should be inferred.