The $132,000 Georgetown College was awarded recently for providing a summer institute for approximately 30 middle and high school science teachers looms larger than any dollar amount.

This Improving Educator Quality Grant – the first awarded by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to a private school in the six years of the program’s existence – will help fund this institute at Georgetown in the summer of 2008. Teachers will be selected from the following school district partners: Anderson, Casey, Fayette, and Franklin County Schools.

Kentucky Department of Education policy advisor Chris Powell predicts that this institute will at least impact students statewide and help them on every portion of the ACT test. “Adolescent literacy is a nationwide issue and I think it’s going to be a model for all content areas,” Powell said.

The Content Collaboration for Academic Readiness in Science (CCARS) institute will enable science teachers and special education teachers who work in science classrooms to address important changes in Kentucky’s state education assessment system. CCARS will help science teachers prepare their students for the EXPLORE, the PLAN, and the ACT, three national tests which have been added to our state-administered tests.

Georgetown’s post-secondary partners for the CCARS institute are the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). “By working with Bluegrass and the Kentucky Community & Technical College system, we are tapping into a great statewide network,” said Dr. Kim Walters-Parker ’83, Assistant Professor of Education and principal investigator for the grant.

Other Georgetown faculty who collaborated to secure the grant are Dr. Todd Hamilton, Chemistry, and Dr. Janet Parker and Debbie Schumacher, Education.

This grant was one of eight made by the council through a competitive grant process. These grants were available to all public and private colleges and universities in the state.