Rowan gets teacher grant

Rowan gets teacher grant

Rowan University has received an additional $319,000 through a U.S. Department of Education grant that will be used to recruit and train middle school teachers.

The continuation grant is part of a $1.2 million state grant that includes Kean University, Rider University and William Patterson University.

The grant will allow Rowan to expand its work in the University's Professional Development Schools (PDS), according to Carol Sharp, dean of the College of Education. The PDS model at Rowan currently involves 11 South Jersey school districts and offers aspiring elementary school teachers practical learning experiences in real classroom settings. It's similar to a teaching hospital model.

Most states, New Jersey included, require licensed teachers to obtain professional development credits throughout their career. Rowan's nationally recognized Thomas E. Robinson Beginning Teacher Induction Center, which was established years ago to provide beginning teachers with both the support and the ongoing "tricks of the trade" they need to succeed, will also receive financial support through the grant, according to Dr. Ronald K. Butcher, executive director of the Education Institute at Rowan.

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Date Published: Monday, January 29, 2007 (All day)