Thanks to a Georgia Department of Education grant of nearly $600,000, Berry College professors worked with approximately 50 Floyd County teachers this summer to enhance their math and science skills.
Berry, Shorter University and the Floyd County School System provided three weeks of workshops in June and July that focused on improving student-centered teaching methods in science and math. The classes, attended by 155 teachers, emphasized building content knowledge in algebra, geometry and statistics. Each of the sessions included four days of intense training and one day of collaboration between the teachers to discuss how they can use what they learned in their own classrooms.
Floyd County Schools, Berry and Shorter officials worked together to secure the $598,810 Math/Science Partnership Grant - the largest awarded by the Georgia Department of Education this year.
Professor of Mathematics Eric McDowell said while the participants were competent in their area of teaching, recent statewide changes demanded that they have a solid understanding of a greater breadth of mathematics.
“Our charge is to enhance the mathematical content knowledge of the middle and high school mathematics teachers in the Floyd County School system who have volunteered to participate in this enrichment opportunity,” said McDowell, who is chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. In addition to McDowell, Associate Professor of Mathematics Ron Taylor and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jill Cochran directed the teacher training at Berry.
Prepared by Public Relations Assistant Nicole NeSmith. Photos by Student Photographers Sarah Garrett, Blake Childers, and Nicole NeSmith.