Federal Grant to Help Teachers Infuse STEM with Classroom Tech Tools


corelogoSoutheast Missouri State University’s College of Education was recently awarded a $100,000 sub-agreement grant from Jacksonville State University as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Investing in Innovation (i3) Validating the Collaborative Regional Educational (CORE) Model: Technology in Rural High Schools.”

Southeast will use the funding to host a CORE Academy, a two-day conference June 20-21, 2017, that will bring leaders in educational technology use in the classroom to speak and provide expertise to educators and teachers in the southeast Missouri region.

“This is a great opportunity for elementary, middle school and high school educators and Southeast students to learn how to infuse STEM across their curricula using technology as a tool,” said Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of Southeast’s College of Education.

Jacksonville State University’s CORE Model partners with universities to transform K-12 and higher education so students are increasingly engaged, instructors are increasingly innovative, and educational institutions are increasingly supportive of system-wide change and community-wide partnership building. The appropriation to Southeast was awarded as part of a $11,966,734 grant to Jacksonville State University in 2015.

During the conference at Southeast, participants will learn how to implement Makers curriculum, educational technology, and tools and programs for the total solar eclipse to take place on Aug. 21, 2017, said Rogers-Adkinson. Information will be also available for administrators and school leaders who want to lead and design their own initiatives for their schools and districts.

“Improving college and career readiness is a high priority goal for students of all ages, and with the CORE Academy, Southeast will be able to provide training that does not typically occur nor is readily available in our area,” said Rogers-Adkinson.

For more information about Southeast’s College of Education, visit http://www.semo.edu/education/.

For more information about Jacksonville State University’s CORE Model, visit https://www.corepartners.org.