Ocean City Today

Partnership grants for math, science end this fiscal year

By Kara Hallissey | Nov 30, 2017

(Dec. 1, 2017) Since 2004, Worcester County has received more than $7 million through the Mathematics and Science Partnership grant, which has given teachers the opportunity to receive professional development from Maryland professors in subjects such as chemistry, physics, geology, biology, environmental science, math and critical reading in science.

“The grant has provided professional development for our teachers and others on the shore,” said Marlyn Barrett, coordinator of instruction for the schools. “We are in the last year of the program.”

Worcester County joined seven other counties on the Eastern Shore — Queen Anne’s, Kent, Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico and Somerset — to compete for the grant as the Eastern Shore Consortium.

Since joining forces, the Eastern Shore Consortium has received a grant every year, providing professional development for 1,050 to 1,890 teachers in the area.

The grants have created a working relationship between the Salisbury University Science Department, teachers from eight of the nine counties on the Eastern Shore and provided an opportunity to work with educators in counties from western Maryland as well. Cecil County, the northernmost Eastern Shore county did not participate in the group.

Teachers learned about the content they teach from area professors, Barrett said.

“These grants allowed our teachers to work with counties in Western Maryland and was an opportunity for teachers in the eight Eastern Shore counties to interact,” Barrett said. “Salisbury University professors learned more about teaching from our teachers. Many used to lecture and now its hands-on.”

In addition to working with teachers from Howard, Harford, Baltimore City, Allegany, Washington and Garrett counties, Worcester County educators also spent time learning professional development from professors at Frostburg State University, McDaniel College, Howard Community College, Shepherdstown University, Chesapeake College and Salisbury University.

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