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Science teachers get extra training

POSTED: August 6, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Suzanne Swindell

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"Hands On, Minds On" is the philosophy of Project SENSE, a program designed to promote higher levels of learning for elementary and middle school science students.
More than 25 educators from across the region recently participated in Project Science Education Network for the South East at Georgia Southern University, sponsored in part by the Georgia Southern University Museum.
Two local educators participated in this program. They are Suzanne Swindell of First Presbyterian Christian Academy in Hinesville and Mary Ann Durence of Walker Middle School in Ludowici.
Project SENSE was started in 1989, and according the museum's Web site, has touched the lives more than 80,000 local students.
This summer's workshops were divided into three sessions.
One was for teachers of pre-kindergarten to second grade, one was for teachers of grades six through eight, and one for pre-kindergarten to fifth grade.
Participating educators received activity kits for use in their classes. These kits also include lesson plans that comply with state and national teaching standards.
Project SENSE is funded by the Federal Teacher Quality Grants program and Georgia Southern University. The counties represented at this summer's workshops include Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Evans, Jeff Davis, Liberty, Long, Screven and Toombs.

 

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