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Scientific Literacy Grants awarded

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2001

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Springfield – Twenty-seven Illinois educational institutions will receive a total of

$2 million in Scientific Literacy Grants for the 2001–2002 school year as part of a competitive grant application process through the Illinois State Board of Education.

“These grants will help schools focus on improving students’ science, technology and mathematical skills by enhancing curriculum and classroom teaching through new resources,” said State Superintendent Glenn W. McGee. “This new funding source also will help move students closer to meeting the Illinois Learning Standards for these subjects.”

A total of 156 institutions applied for the grant proposals, which will provide funding for staff development for public elementary and secondary teachers and pilot projects in these subject areas.

Staff development initiatives received $1,656,136 to fund projects that promote research-based best practices in teaching for elementary and secondary educators in the science, mathematics and technology fields. These projects will help increase the knowledge and skills of teachers, improve instructional practices and the attitudes and behaviors of teachers in these fields.

Pilot projects received $425,950 for experimenting with new systems of teaching and learning that have a strong research design and aim toward permanent improvements in the classroom. Each project should include direct K-12 student participation and incorporate elements of the Learning Standards

The following 27 proposals are awarded FY2002 Scientific Literacy Grants

COUNTY

AWARD RECIPIENTS

PURPOSE OF GRANT

Cook

Northwestern University                      

Staff Development

Saline

Eldorado CUSD 4                                

Staff Development

DuPage

North Central College                        

Staff Development

Cook

University of Illinois                           

Staff Development

Champaign

Champaign CUSD 4                            

Staff Development

St. Clair

Cahokia HS District 187                     

Pilot Project

Jackson

Southern Illinois University   

Pilot Project

Fulton

V.I.T. Unit S.D. 2                                

Staff Development

Cook

West 40 Intermediate Service Ctr. 2  

Staff Development

Sangamon

Pleasant Plains CUSD 8                     

Pilot Project

McDonough

 Western Illinois University                

Staff Development

Henry

Regional Office of Education 28         

Staff Development

St. Clair

Regional Office of Education 50          

Staff Development

Cook

The Chicago Academy of Science      

Pilot Project

Moultrie

Sullivan CUSD 300                            

Pilot Project

Cook

University of Illinois                            

Staff Development

Winnebago

Harlem CCSD 122                              

Staff Development

Calhoun

Center for American Archeology         

Pilot Project

McDonough

Western Illinois University                  

Staff Development

Coles

Eastern Illinois University                  

Staff Development

Cook

Community Consolidated SD 146              

Staff Development

Williamson

Regional Office of Education 21              

Staff Development

McDonough

Western Illinois University               

Staff Development

Rock Island

Regional Office of Education 49        

Staff Development

Jefferson

Regional Office of Education 25       

Staff Development

Lee

Regional Office of Education 47        

Staff Development

McLean

Illinois State University

Staff Development