Friday, September 28, 2001

Cincy St. offers aid to science teachers

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has won its 10th annual Eisenhower grant to enhance Ohio science teachers' training.

        Any Ohio science teacher in grades 4 through 12 can apply for the one-day or one-week workshops by contacting Martha Brosz at or (513) 569-1710. She heads the college's chemical technology program and administers the training grant.

        Workshops use materials developed at the University of California/Berkeley's Science Education for Public Understanding Project (SEPUP).

        One-day workshops provide training and materials to carry a class for two to four weeks, Ms. Brosz said. Weeklong training prepares teachers to use the SEPUP materials for a year.

        Ms. Brosz said follow-up studies find that the yearlong efforts with SEPUP materials and techniques raised student science proficiency scores.

        The $119,170 annual Eisenhower professional development grant is the largest of the 38 awarded to Ohio colleges, and the Clifton school is the only Ohio community college to win one this year.

        Cincinnati State also has raised more than $200,000 from other sources, and those funds can be used for non-Ohio teachers in the same programs.

        The workshops will begin in December.


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