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February 27, 2014

Purdue partners with teachers at Lafayette Schools on science learning, development

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University will partner with the Lafayette School Corp. to help teachers meet the learning needs of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.

Through a $246,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education Math Science Partnership, Purdue will provide professional development and content learning for teachers and a summer STEM experience for students.

"We are excited to be working with Lafayette School Corporation and Jefferson High School on this mathematics and science partnership," said Bill Walker, director of Science K-12 Outreach at Purdue. "It is a great opportunity to work with a school that has made a commitment to the STEM education of its students."

Help from the University's Science Express, which delivers research-grade instruments to high schools, will allow teachers to incorporate analytical technologies in the classroom and advance the technical ability of their students.

Throughout the school year, teachers will participate in additional development consisting of lesson planning, classroom observations and technology training.

"Partnering with Purdue provides access to resources that will help Jefferson High School address our goal for STEM education with our students," said Barbara Payton, assistant principal at the school.

Purdue's Science Express also is partnering with Gary Community School Corp. to provide northwest Indiana teachers with professional development, technology integration, and long-term support. This program, funded by a $230,000 Indiana Commission for Higher Education Improving Teacher Quality grant, will begin this summer with a two-week Science Express workshop.

Writers: Brooke Fruits, 260-927-4371, bfruits@purdue.edu           

Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133, pfiorini@purdue.edu

Sources: Bill Walker, 765-494-5890, wswalker@purdue.edu

Barbara Payton, 765-772-4700, bpayton@lsc.k12.in.us