Elementary Teachers Engaged in Authentic Math and Science Kick-Off Dinner Highlight Goals for Upcoming School Year

August 27, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Expectations and goals for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year were highlighted during a kick-off dinner held for the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Elementary Teachers Engaged in Authentic Math and Science (ETEAMS) on Aug. 19 at the Educational Center for Math and Sciences located on the University campus.

ETEAMS is a three-year, $1.5 million targeted math and science partnership from the National Science Foundation, between Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Independent School District. The program, which is a collaboration between the College of Education, the College of Science and Engineering, and Corpus Christi Independent School District, is housed at three schools within in the district: Schanen Elementary, Kostoryz Elementary, and Tom Browne Middle School.

“The goal of the program is to increase the quantity and quality of middle grades, four through eight, math and science teachers in the Coastal Bend by providing certification workshops, research experiences, and specific instruction in teaching middle school math/science through model lessons,” said Kim Moore, Project Manager for ETEAMS. “We call these STEM Thursdays.”

The Kick-Off dinner gave all of the field basing/student teaching students, the Teacher Leaders, graduates, the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) faculty, and College of Education Faculty an opportunity to meet.  In addition to several of the principals from the cooperating schools attending, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi professors were also present. University professors in attendance were Dr. Jim Silliman, Principal Investigator; and Dr. Cherie McCullough, Pamela Wright, and Dr. Tonya Jeffery, Co-Principal Investigators.  Dr. Lucido, Assistant Dean of the College of Education, was also in attendance.