$150,000 grant will fund science training for region’s teachers
Chevron has awarded a $150,000 grant to Colorado Mountain College to develop and administer a summer science training program for two dozen teachers on the Western Slope.
The summer program will be open to elementary and middle schoolteachers who work for either De Beque School District 49JT, Garfield County School District 16 in Parachute or Garfield School District Re-2 in Rifle.
Teachers will spend one week in training during the summer at Colorado Mountain College’s Rifle campus, then go through three additional days of training and follow-ups throughout the school year.
The summer training week will focus on expanding teachers’ knowledge of science, teach them how to incorporate field trips and field work into science lessons, and allow teachers to try out various science activities they may use in the classroom.
Garfield Re-2 Superintendent Susan Birdsey said in a news release that she looks forward to teachers getting a free opportunity to learn more.
“We don’t want science curriculum to fall short as state budgets get tighter. Partnering with Chevron and CMC helps us stretch resources while bringing another dimension to our science education initiatives,” she said.
Chevron Rocky Mountain Area Manager Michael De- Berry said in the news release that the grant was made to help improve science instruction and boost student interest in future science-based careers.