Educational Improvement center receives $85,000 grant to support south sound science teachers

November 15, 2006

The Evergreen State College’s Center for Educational Improvement has received $85,000 from the Pacific Science Center and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to enhance training for south sound K-12 science teachers.

The grant will provide funding for teacher training in inquiry-based science and creating a better understanding of how students can apply science to their everyday world.

About 1500 teachers in nine local school districts will take part in the program.

“Teachers tend to teach the way they were taught. Most science teachers learned science from a lecture and lab model of teaching and learning. Inquiry based science is much different. It is designed to have students learn by asking questions and discovering the answers through “doing” science,” said Richard Britz, assistant director of the Educational Improvement center.

The nine school districts included in the program serve 12% of the state’s K-12 population, or about 122,000 students.

The school districts include Bethel, Clover Park, Franklin Pierce, North Thurston, Olympia, Puyallup, Steilacoom, Tacoma and Yelm.

On the web: Evergreen Center for Educational Improvement