PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Dave Todt, Professor of Natural Science at Shawnee State University, was awarded the Improving Teacher Quality Grant (ITQ) from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
The grant was used to offer a 4 semester hour graduate course this past June for K-8 Ohio science teachers. An additional hour of graduate credit will be earned upon completion of follow-up activities during the fall of 2016.
The course is designed to teach basic science content aligned with the K-8 Ohio Science Standards in all three strands – physical science, life science and earth/space science. It is ideal for teachers who want to learn the new science standards and implement science with an inquiry-based, hands-on approach.
There were a total of 18 K-8 teachers from Adams, Lawrence, Pike and Scioto Counties that enrolled in the course. Each participant engaged in basic science content inquiry activities, prepared lesson plans for science instruction in their classroom, and integrated mathematics and language arts/reading in science lessons.
“The emphasis of the course was to use inquiry approaches to teach and learn basic science concepts. We spent a week doing basic science for each strand of the Ohio Science Standards, and as coordinator of the K-8 Inquiry Science Summer Institute, I was very impressed with the engagement and dedication of the 18 teacher participants,” said Professor Todt.
The Department of Teacher Education (DTE) at SSU is nationally accredited and offers teaching licensure programs in Early Childhood, (Grades PK-3), Middle Childhood (Grades 4-9), Young Adolescent to Young Adults (Grades 7-12), Intervention Specialist (PK-12) and Visual Arts Education (K-12). For more information about the DTE, please contact the department at 740.351.3451.